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The Stig joins Top Gear exodus

Mystery driver to join brand-new Saturday night BBC car show.

The Stig is the latest name to leave the Top Gear franchise- although isn’t going very far.

The white-suited driver will form part of a brand-new Saturday night car show on the BBC, alongside presenter Dermot O’Leary, it has been confirmed.

The Getaway Car will run for 12 episodes, with The Stig's role involving setting lap times for cars being tested on the programme.

It was announced last month that former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson. Richard Hammond and James May had signed a £160 million contract for a new show with online streaming site Amazon Prime.

In an official BBC description, the new show was described as a "funny, fast-paced and action-packed competition where only the best get to face the legend that is The Stig.”

The show will be aimed at couples, of whom will pit themselves against one another to test their relationship and prove who really wears the car keys-carrying trousers in their relationship.

Speaking ahead of his new role alongside The Stig, O’Leary declared his excitement ahead of the shows first run. ‘We all think we are great drivers, but what tickled me most is seeing how people, who obviously love each other very much, speak to each other when they are behind the wheel of a car.’

The Getaway Car’s announcement points to a more serious looking Top Gear, following heavy criticism in recent years for becoming too Entertainment-led.

Top Gear’s new host, Chris Evans, this week announced the sale of 13 prestigious cars from his extensive collection.

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