The new season of BBC's Top Gear, with its all-new six-host lineup, has already debuted in the U.K. (U.S. viewers get to watch it tonight). And along with the new hosts and new interview format, we got confirmation of a bit of Ferrari news that's been bouncing around lately.
I guess I should warn you that there are maybe some Top Gear spoilers ahead.
The new season of Top Gear updates the "Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car" format a bit. Now the segment features two stars, driving a rally-modded Mini Cooper on a test track that now includes a little off-road section. The first episode's guests are movie star Jesse Eisenberg and celebrity chef/profanity screamer Gordon Ramsay.
Ramsay and host Chris Evans are both Ferrari collectors, and during the interview segment Evans and Ramsay revealed that the rumored LaFerrari Spider is actually happening.
According to Ramsay, who pulled a little gift box out from under his seat and opened it to show off , Ferrari will only build 150 examples of the Spider. For reference, the original LaFerrari (which was the fastest car this magazine has ever tested) was limited to 499 examples.
Of course, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne essentially confirmed the LaFerrari Spider early in May, but this is the first mention outside of Ferrari's tightly-controlled garden confirming the reality of the car.
As Mike Ballaban , this announcement seems to indicate a potentially friendlier relationship between the Italian supercar company and BBC's pokey motoring show—recall that during the Clarkson / Hammond / May days, Ferrari refused to cooperate on a LaFerrari vs. P1 vs. 918 Spyder shootout.
We still haven't seen what the LaFerrari Spider actually looks like, but if this newfound coziness between Ferrari and the BBC is any indicator, perhaps we'll see the car on an episode of Top Gear soon.