New Top Gear 2016 trailer: Matt LeBlanc conquers Moroccan desert in Ariel Nomad

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Actor Matt LeBlanc struggles to get into the Ariel Nomad in the new trailer of season 2016 of the automobile show Top Gear.

The latest trailer for the brand new season of Top Gear has American actor Matt LeBlanc negotiating the dusty trails of the Moroccan desert in an Ariel Nomad. The former FRIENDS and Episodes star is the new co-host of the British auto show TOP Gear along with Chris Evans (Not the Hollywood actor who played Captain America). Once he gets the hang of the vehicle, brought out by the same people who came up with the powerful Atom, Matt can be seen eating dust as the Ariel Nomad kicks up dirt while the actor does a doughnut in the middle of the Morocco desert.

“As a car nut and a massive fan of Top Gear, I’m honored and excited to be a part of this iconic show’s new chapter,” LeBlanc had said earlier this year after it was announced he would be co-hosting the show to increase the global appeal of the show riding on his star-power. The trio of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, who were earlier hosting the motoring show, departed after differences with the producers and Chris Evans was roped in to take their place. The show starts airing its news season next month onwards.

Reports suggest that previous host Jeremy Clarkson was suspended last year after a physical altercation with producer Oisin Tymon. Other presenters on the show, May and Hammond, left the show after BBC didn’t renew Clarkson’s contract.

Alongside Morocco, destinations for Top Gear‘s 23rd season also are set to include the U.S., Kazakhstan, Ireland, the U.K., France and the United Arab Emirates, with other cars such as an Aston Martin Vulcan, Aston Martin DB5, Audi R8 and a Ferrari F12 TDF to be featured. This will be the first time in the 39 year history of the show that it will be having a non-British host.

The new teaser for the BBC’s flagship motoring show was released earlier this week. The Hollywood actor can be seen in the video in the Moroccan desert driving an Ariel Nomad. Although it has been more than a decade that the actor stopped filming for his madly-popular comedy show FRIENDS, Matt LeBlanc showed that he has still not lost his touch and can tickle the funny bone of the audience. The video starts with him at first struggling to get inside the Ariel Nomad. “A door would have been nice,” he says to the camera. The vehicle weighs just 670kgs and is powered by a Honda- 235hp 2.4-litre engine.

The 48-year-old actor has been a big fan of the show and also has the fastest-ever celebrity lap on the famous Top Gear track to his name.

Watch the BBC Top Gear 2016 video of the latest trailer featuring Hollywood actor Matt LeBlanc: