One of the show's episode was leaked online in 2013, but the rumors were dismissed as false. The leaked footage showed three presenters in a studio as well as a race between a Cadillac and a donkey. In November 12, 2014, BBC formally launched the Chinese version of Top Gear.
Similar to other adaptions of Top Gear, the show is presented by 3 hosts. The first presenter is Richie Jen, a pop star, motor journalist and a rally driver. The second host is Tian Liang, an actor and a two time Olympic gold medalist in diving. The other host is Cheng Lei, a popular presenter in Shanghai Dragon TV.
Top Gear China's format is extremely similar to Top Gear UK. Top Gear China has a car review, news section, challenges, a segment similar to Top Gear UK's Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car featuring a China-built Ford Focus and epic races.