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'Top Gear' and Clarkson and co.'s as-yet-untitled car show for Amazon aren't the only new car shows heading our way. 'Top Gear' will get a spinoff called 'Extra Gear', the BBC has announced. It will air on online-only channel BBC Three and be hosted by 'Top Gear' presenter Rory Reid.

The show will be filmed at the 'Top Gear' studio, and feature behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, and "specially-recorded films" that won't be in the main show.

It will go live immediately after the main 'Top Gear' has finished broadcasting on BBC Two.

Reid should feel right at home fronting the show. His previous experience includes making car videos for websites CNET and Recombu.

It should also drive plenty of traffic (no pun intended) to BBC Three, which ceased to exist as a broadcast channel and went online-only in February.

The spinoff will be distributed to international broadcasters including BBC America and BBC Brit.

"'Extra Gear' is hugely exciting," Reid said in a statement. "The 'Top Gear' fans are some of the keenest in the world and with this show I'm giving them a chance to really get a peek behind the curtain. I'm looking forward to showing them how the show is made and what goes on behind the scenes, giving viewers a different perspective on some of the coolest cars on the planet."

Former 'Top Gear' presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are also launching a new online motoring community called DriveTribe. So petrol heads will soon have plenty of content to get their teeth into.

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