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The Stig takes on Google Street View in a race around the Top Gear test track

January 24, 2014

If you head to Google Maps, search for the Top Gear Test Track and zoom in to street view, you'll notice there's a white Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series on the start line. Upon further inspection you'll see a man in a white suit and white helmet strapped behind the wheel...

Some say he eats an entire ostrich for breakfast. And that if you anger him, he too will manipulate a fake traffic study and disrupt a whole town. All we know is he's called The Stig, and he's taking on his fiercest rival yet — the Google Street View car.

See, when Google turned up to take its images of the UK-based airfield test track—used by race teams as a cheap testing facility and most famously by that little show named Top Gear—Sir Stiggy decided it'd be fun to race the man in the Opel Astra with the giant camera on his roof. As you move your cursor around the track, you'll notice the Stig comes along too, occasionally getting up to mischief and showing off his best skids, as you can see below:

It's worth noting that if you take a peek on the back straight, you'll find a few Porsche 911s hanging out, including what looks to be a GT3, possibly filming for the new season of Top Gear, airing February 2. Also, if you look carefully, you'll see the show's 2013 "award winners" lurking in the car park, all the while playing Where's Waldo with Mr. Stig.

Being Top Gear, you'd presume this whole escapade would be recorded on camera, no? Well it was, as you can see below. And take a look at the 360 degree hot lap released a couple of months back, filmed at the same time in the same magnificent car.