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Google Maps rolls onto Top Gear test track for new series

The chance to burn rubber on the asphalt of the official Top Gear test track is reserved to a privileged few. To experience it, normally you'd have to have released a Number One album, clinched a role in a blockbuster movie or at least mastered the art of sitting opposite Jeremy Clarkson calling you a useless idiot for a whole five minute interview without screaming "Pot! Pot! Pot!" until your kettle black timer went off.

Now however, you don't have to be a star in a reasonably priced car to take a spin round the famous BBC track. Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey has opened its doors to Google Street View, allowing the app's camera-carrying car to map every inch of the 1.75 mile circuit.

Not only that though, petrol-heads will be pleased to know that the Stig himself will accompany viewers around their virtual lap of the test track. Seated in a white Mercedes SLS AMG Black with gull wing doors, he races against a not-so-formidable foe: Street View's Opel four-door.

Indeed Duncan Gray, the commercial director for Top Gear at BBC Worldwide, recalled that The Stig had to be told to slow down so that the Google car could keep up when the photos were taken.

To see the lap yourself, type "Top Gear Test Track" into Google maps and drag the icon of a small orange person onto the track.

Alysia is a multi-talented freelance filmmaker, presenter, and writer. She's worked with and created content for Netflix UK, IGN, BAFTA, the Guardian, the BBC, and has written for sites like IT Pro Portal GamesRadar, IGN, and more. She also works with UK gaming body, UKIE.