Clarkson, Hammond and May call time on their studio-based car shows.

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have announced the new season of 'The Grand Tour' will be their final ever show in the current format.

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Instead, the trio will focus on making big budget specials, similar to their classic Top Gear specials which were filmed on location around the world.

Earlier this week, Clarkson told The Sun "It's a really sad day. I will miss the banter with each other and with the audience".

"But we've been doing that show for effectively 17 years - sitting around in studios, watching cars race around the track.

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"There are only so many times you can watch a BMW go round the track - what more can you say? It's got four wheels and a seat.

"We all agreed that we've been doing it a long time and everything eventually runs its course."

The former Top Gear hosts, who have been fronting studio based shows for 17 years, will continue to front the specials for Amazon. They will also develop new projects for the broadcaster individually.