The second series of the Amazon Prime motoring show The Grand Tour, featuring ex-Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond, began on the 8th of December, 2017. Although the series was slated to begin in October or November, following Hammond's broken knee and Clarkson's pneumonia diagnosis, the series was delayed to December. Filming for the studio segments began in October in the Cotswolds, which will serve as the permanent studio base for the current series. The series will have eleven or twelve episodes, airing over eleven weeks.
A first trailer was released on the 11th of July, offering a first look at the films of the series and Hammond's crash. A second trailer was unveiled on the 1st of November, along with the premiere date.
|Past, Present or Future||The guys test the past, present, and future of supercars on a road trip in Switzerland, which culminates in a hill-climb event that ends in disaster.||None|
|The Fall Guys||May and Hammond race Clarkson from New York City to Niagara Falls, with Clarkson riding in the new Ford GT and May and Hammond using public transport.||Mercedes AMG GT R|
|Bah Humbug-atti||Clarkson takes the Bugatti Chiron on a trip through the French and Italian Riviera. May heads to Mallorca to race a pair of skateboarders in the new Kia Stinger. Back home, May and Hammond invent the sport of car-park racing.||None|
|Unscripted||After receiving complaints that The Grand Tour is "too scripted", the presenters head to Croatia to make a completely unscripted film, leading to one very confusing trip.||TBC|
|Series 2, Episode 5||Hammond causes havoc in Dubai with a high-speed tank called the Ripsaw. Elsewhere, Clarkson attempts to create a Ken Block Gymkhana-esque video on a British farm.||Volkswagen Up! GTI|
|Series 2, Episode 6||TBC||TBC|
|Series 2, Episode 7||TBC||TBC|
|Series 2, Episode 8||TBC||TBC|
|Series 2, Episode 9||TBC||TBC|
|Series 2, Episode 10||TBC||TBC|
|Untitled episode in Mozambique||The guys embark on an epic road trip to feed the impoverished in Africa, by devising an ingenious plan to transport fish from Mozambique's coastline to it's underfed interior.||None|
Filming for the series began sometime near the end of March. During a DriveTribe livestream on Facebook, the presenters revealed that they were planning to visit Africa, France, the United States, and Georgia over the course of filming for the new series. With the exception of Georgia, the presenters have filmed in all of the above locations for the show.
On the 20th of March, 2017 news emerged that Hammond had been injured in a motorcycle accident while filming in Mozambique. Clarkson, Hammond, and May were all in Mozambique for the shoot at the time of the accident. Hammond did not sustain any life-threatening injuries from the crash, though various reports suggest that he was knocked unconscious.
On the 11th of June, 2017 news emerged that Hammond had been involved in another accident while filming for the series. This time, Hammond had crashed a Rimac Concept One during filming for a hill climb segment in Switzerland. Hammond sustained no life-threatening injuries but has a fractured knee as a result, while the car caught fire after the incident.
In early August, while on holiday, it was reported that Clarkson had been admitted to hospital in Mallorca to be treated for pneumonia. This event, coupled with Hammond's accident, pushed the series premiere from October to December and delayed filming of The Grand Tour's Colombia special to January.
The team has also visited Colorado and Croatia and filmed segments in the U.K. Further, the trio has been spotted shooting in New York - though only Clarkson was seen in a car, the new Ford GT. Later in September, Clarkson, Hammond, and May were seen in Pau, France with a series of classic British sports cars. In early October, the trio were spotted in Penticton in the province of British Columbia, Canada with three SUVs. Later, they were spotted boarding a flight from Calgary International Airport in the nearby province of Alberta, Canada.
Following numerous delays in the production of the series - notably Hammond's accident and Clarkson's diagnosis with pneumonia - it was announced in late September that the show would not featuring the roaming tent studio segments as in the previous series. Instead, it was announced that the show would film its studio segments for the second season entirely within the U.K., as was the case when the presenters starred on Top Gear.
The tent, from series 2 onwards, is permanently based in the Cotswolds.
Previously, in the last series, the show filmed in numerous locations around the world, including the U.K. in addition to Germany, the U.S., South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates.
The show is currently filming its studio segments weekly, beginning on the 23rd of October, 2017.
Other Changes From Season 1
Series 2 also saw the departure of Mike Skinner as The American, The Grand Tour's test driver and lap time setter. His replacement was revealed during The Fall Guys as British racing driver Abbie Eaton.
The Grand Tour's second series also introduces a new segment, Celebrity Face Off, as a replacement for Celebrity Brain Crash. The new segment sees two celebrities, who are "connected in some way", competing against each other in a timed lap around a new circuit, using a Jaguar F-Type to do so. Guests have and will include Dominic Cooper, David Hasselhoff, Hugh Bonneville, Kiefer Sutherland, and more.
'Past, Present or Future' was mostly well-received by critics and fans of the show alike.
- The trio head across Mozambique to deliver fish from the coast to the interior, with May in a Mercedes Estate, Clarkson in a Nissan pickup and Hammond on a bike.
- The trio head to Switzerland for a look at the past, present, and future of supercars. Clarkson represents the past in a Lamborghini Aventador S, May the present in a Honda NSX, and Hammond the future in a Rimac Concept One. (1)
- The trio head to the Mountain States of Colorado and Utah to demonstrate the brilliance of second-hand Jaguars.
- The trio head to Croatia for an unscripted film. Hammond is in an Ariel Nomad, Clarkson in an Audi TT-RS, and May with an old Lada Riva, which he later converts into a fire engine.
- The team try their hand, once more, at building an amphibious vehicle
- Clarkson, Hammond, and May attempt to break the amphibious vehicle speed record (4)
- Clarkson drives the Bugatti Chiron in the French Riveria (3)
- Hammond drives a tank in Dubai (5)
- Clarkson, Hammond, and May head to Pau in three classic British sports cars.
- The trio head to Western Canada, British Columbia, with a series of new SUVs for a number of gruelling off-road challenges. The trio also, allegedly, visited a race track called Area 27 south of where they were spotted in Penticton.
- Clarkson races Hammond and May from New York to Niagara Falls, with Jeremy taking the new Ford GT for a ride and Hammond and May using public transport. (2)
- Hammond puts the Lamborghini Huracan Performance to the test around the Nurburgring.
- Hammond and May compete in the made-up sport of car-park-racing. (3)