Top Gear co-host Chris Harris to debut new car show for BBC America

Top Gear co-host Chris Harris is set to launch a new car show just days after presenter Chris Evans stood down.

Harris is turning his attention to the USA, hosting Chris Harris on Cars on BBC America, a series based on his hit YouTube series.

In the show, he will get behind the wheel of the "newest, fastest and coolest cars on the road", the broadcaster said.

He will explore the "technical complexities" of cars such as the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, McLaren 650S, Aston Martin Vantage GT12 and Ferrari 488 Spider, among many others, and test them on the road and track.

Harris' YouTube series, which launched in 2014, has around 360,000 subscribers, with the content racking up more than 20 million views.

He was one of the lesser-known hosts to join the presenting team when the new series of Top Gear launched this year, with Evans and Matt LeBlanc at the helm.

Top Gear presenters (left to right) Chris Harris, Rory Reid, Sabine Schmitz, Chris Evans, Eddie Jordan and The Stig, during the launch of the car show at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey
Chris with his fellow co-stars (Andrew Matthews/PA)

The show suffered plummeting ratings throughout the six-episode run and Evans announced he was stepping down on July 4, saying he gave it his "best shot".

Chris Harris on Cars will air in the US on BBC America from July 11.

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