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History to launch US version of Top Gear

US cable network History is launching a local remake of hit BBC motoring format Top Gear after striking a deal with distributor BBC Worldwide.

The AETN-owned broadcaster has ordered ten episodes of the show, which marks one of the first major deals to be inked by BBC Worldwide executive vice president, programming and production Jane Tranter, who joined the company last year to head up its North American production business based in LA.

BBC Worldwide had previously struck a deal with US network NBC to make a US version of the show – then renamed Sixth Gear – in 2008/2009 but the show was canned after the broadcaster became concerned the production costs were too high and that it would not develop an audience.

History will launch the show – which features crazy stunts, reviews and car related celebrity interviews – later this year and it will be hosted by comedian Adam Ferrara, stunt driver Tanner Foust and racing commentator Rutledge Wood.

BBC Worldwide is expected to distribute the US version of the series internationally.