Top Gear's new socially-distant 'drive-in' format sees 500 fans watch the ...

Shots from the set of Top Gear have shown the impressive-looking new format, amid social distancing regulations due to COVID-19.

The BBC have released images taken on one of the shoot days, with hosts Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff stood on stage, two metres apart, with a 500-strong audience watching from their socially-distanced parked cars.

The episode was filmed at the show's race track in Dunsfold, Surrey, after the hosts were forced to leave the studio hangar because of the pandemic.

Shots from the set of Top Gear have shown the impressive-looking new format, amid social distancing regulations due to COVID-19

Shots from the set of Top Gear have shown the impressive-looking new format, amid social distancing regulations due to COVID-19

According to The Sun, production are filming five episodes over three nights and are considering keeping the format and making it an annual occasion.

160 cars were welcomed on site and the show featured segments such as a Wall Of Death sequence at Alexandra Palace and Freddie trying to drive to 200mph in a 1990s supercar.

It also features Paddy’s Lamborghini incident in the Yorkshire Dales.

The motoring show has become the first major entertainment series to return to TV with a live audience after the show was recorded using the 'drive-in' format.

Host Paddy called it: 'A 'Covid-compliant, socially distanced, classic drive-in show'.

According to The Guardian, the show adhered to safety measures including temperature checks and parking positions two metres apart.

The BBC have released images taken on one of the shoot days, with hosts Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris stood on stage, two metres apart

The BBC have released images taken on one of the shoot days, with hosts Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris stood on stage, two metres apart

A 500-strong audience is pictured watching from their socially-distanced parked cars

A 500-strong audience is pictured watching from their socially-distanced parked cars

Wow: The episode was filmed at the show's race track in Dunsfold, Surrey, after the hosts were forced to leave the studio hangar because of the pandemic

Wow: The episode was filmed at the show's race track in Dunsfold, Surrey, after the hosts were forced to leave the studio hangar because of the pandemic

Back in action: Top Gear has become the first major entertainment series to return to TV with a live audience

Back in action: Top Gear has become the first major entertainment series to return to TV with a live audience

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