The famous Top Gear test track has been given the Google Street View treatment.
Search ‘Top Gear test track’ on Google Maps, drag the orange man onto the circuit and you can discover the Dunsfold Aerodrome test site like you can your local high street.
The only difference is that you are not likely to see the Stig on the high street. Google decided that the Top Gear track without the enigmatic racing driver just was not right and asked him to come and join the fun, in a gleaming white Mercedes SLS AMG supercar.
While it made for some great images, the Google team did stuggle to keep up somewhat in their camera equipped Vauxhall Astra hatchback.
Duncan Gray, Top Gear’s commercial director, told the Independent: "From anywhere on the planet, Top Gear’s millions of followers can now explore the official track from the show with some spectacular shots, thanks to Google Street View technology. We did have to tell The Stig to slow down a couple of times though.”
Ulf Spitzer, Street View program manager at Google added: “At Google, we’re used to life in the fast lane, so we were thrilled to ride alongside the infamous Stig and capture imagery of what has become a British — and indeed global — institution for automobile fans."
It is not the first time that Google has taken its Street View technology off-road. They have previously documented the Thames by boat, the Grand Canyon by installing a camera in a backpack, and have also taken a trip inside Doctor Who’s Tardis.
Hopefully this unique glimpse of the track is enough to keep eager Top Gear viewers happy until the next season begins on Sunday February 2.
Take a walk around the Top Gear track below:
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