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The Black Stig

The Black Stig was the former Stig in Top Gear from 2002 to 2003. He came to light in (new) Top Gear's first episode on November 2nd 2002. The black Stig had been "killed out" of Top Gear at the end of the first episode of Series 3 on the HMS Invincible, when doing a stunt, and "accidentally" landing in the sea. The car that was used to do the stunt was Top Gear's very own modified Jaguar XJ-S.

The Stig's job as always, was to post lap times with several cars in each episode and sometimes do special stunts.


The first Stig wore black overalls and helmet. It was introduced in the first episode of the current format by Jeremy Clarkson as the resident test driver, as the presenters could not consistently post fast times themselves. Clarkson noted that "we don't know its name, we really don't know its name, nobody knows its name, and we don't wanna know, cause it's a racing driver." Clarkson then described The Stig as having a very small brain, who had worthless opinions, a disorder described by Clarkson as "Mansell Syndrome". Its job description was to "just go out there and drive fast".


The identity of the black Stig was revealed to be Perry McCarthy when his book Flat Out, Flat Broke was published in 2003. McCarthy is a former Formula 1 driver and test driver for the Benetton, Arrows and Williams teams, and also tested for BMW F1.


During the race against a jet plane, Black Stig fell into water and there are many rumors that he's dead.

Return Of The Black StigEdit

In 5th of Feburary in 2009, a group of men playing with a frisbee at the beach found Black Stig, its revealed that he survived the accident, Black Stig grabs one of the men's frisbee and starts walking away.

Top Gear - The Stig - HMS Invincible - BBC02:40

Top Gear - The Stig - HMS Invincible - BBC

The Stig's 'Death'



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Current:  Evans | LeBlanc | The Stig
Previous: Clarkson | Hammond | May | Dawe

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