10 TV Shows like Top Gear you must watch

By Louie Fecou
Published: May 15, 2023 (Last updated: February 8, 2024)
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10 TV Shows like Top Gear you must watch

We discuss 10 TV Shows like Top Gear you must watch. Add these well-recommended series to your watch list. 

Top Gear has had a strange journey for a television show. The BBC production, focusing very heavily on cars, began its slow rise to power in 1977.

Top Gear would evolve into a conventional car magazine show, and it would eventually relaunch and embrace more humorous elements and personality-filled presenters. The show would begin exploring new ways to spotlight the cars, leading to road trips, adventures, and stunts that helped raise the show to a new level.

There’s another new team of presenters on board, and to be honest, the heady days of the show are probably well behind it now, as presenters have come and gone, and so have the viewing figures.

This article is here to drive home the idea that there are other car-centric shows out there, so if Top Gear has fallen off your must-watch list, here are ten shows you must watch.

10 TV Shows like Top Gear you must watch

Fastest Car  (2018)

One of the well-remembered items on Top Gear was the fastest lap piece.

A celebrity would take a fast car out on a race track and try to drive as fast as they could around the course.

Netflix would devote a whole show to this called Fastest Car, presenting car lovers with some exotic supercars up against sleeper cars in a quarter-mile race.

We got two seasons, but there has been nothing since 2019.

Hyperdrive (2019)

In this US Netflix show, we would meet some of the best street racers worldwide, who would test their driving skills on one of the most dangerous driving courses ever produced.

Ten episodes of high-octane reality driving madness dropped in 2019, but it seemed Hyperdrive didn’t get the watch time required to commission another run.

Roadkill (2012)

This entry has an interesting origin, with the show initially appearing as a web series on YouTube. The show was so popular that it ended up being taken over and placed exclusively on MotorTrend On Demand. It is currently available to watch on Discovery+.

Hot Wheels: Ultimate Challenge (2023)

Here is another strange but unique car-based premise for a show. It seems that fans of cars love anything that embraces all things to do with motoring.

This show is in the form of a competition. It is based on the popular Hot Wheels toy cars and gives fans the opportunity to rebuild a nostalgic car from its past into a life-sized Hot Wheels creation.

Jay Leno’s Garage (2015)

Here is another YouTube-launched show that would see incredible popularity, resulting in a switch to television. Car enthusiast Leno would joyfully explore all kinds of motor vehicles, including everything from supercars to vintage motors.

The top-rated show has so far managed to rack up 82 episodes over six seasons.

Scrapyard Supercar (2019)

Here’s another UK show, this time focusing on two teams of mechanics who are given the job to build a one-off vehicle made from scrapyard junk.

The mechanics have to produce something that could outperform professional driver and presenter Shayne Lynch’s top-of-the-range car.

Only ten episodes were made over one season.

Drive Hard: The Maloof Way (2022)

This is a Netflix reality show that features the Maloof family and their passion for everything with an engine.

The family, led by professional racing legend Sammy Maloof, build unique cars for their driving-obsessed clients and find time to share the secrets of their professional stunts.

Richard Hammond’s Crash Course (2012)

Hammond would spin right out of Top Gear and into his own series here. The show was made for BBC America and presented by Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond.

The show premiered on April 16, 2012, and followed Hammond in each episode as he is given three days to learn how to operate various pieces of heavy equipment across the United States.

Fifth Gear (2002)

This is pretty much a clone of Top Gear, originally shown on UK TV’s Channel 5 and getting air time on various other networks.

The show had a more down-to-earth feel, with likable presenters and great content, and is still in production today.

The Grand Tour (2016)

After various fallouts and in-house controversies at the BBC, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May, and Andy Wilman would end up over at Amazon’s streaming service with their show The Grand Tour.

The show would become a huge hit for Amazon, and the presenters would travel worldwide annoying each other, and driving cars, an absolute must for Top Gear fans.

Do you have any other recommendations for TV Shows like Top Gear? Let us know in the comments. 

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