Beijing – BBC Worldwide has inked a deal with Honyee Media in China to produce a Chinese version of Top Gear, the most watched factual programme in the world. The contract was sealed during a signing ceremony between Honyee Media and BBC Worldwide in Beijing at Honyee’s Extreme Night event.

Honyee Media is a media conglomerate focused on high-end lifestyle in China. Owning multiple media platforms including magazines, a TV channel, and shopping sites, they will be responsible for the advertising investment, branding promotion, television and online copyright sales of series in China.

Production of the series is due to start in late July with the premiere in early November 2014 on one of China’s most watched satellite broadcasters, Shanghai Dragon TV and on OTT platform, iqiyi.com. Shanghai Dragon TV currently ranks third on the chart of TV ratings for all China’s satellite broadcasters in Q1 of 2014 and iqiyi.com, is China’s most popular online video portal recording over 313 million PC users and over 99 million mobile device users per month.

Top Gear China will feature many elements familiar to global audiences including “Star in a Reasonably Priced Car” and a Chinese version the enigmatic Stig. The series is expected to film in locations like Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, Chongqing, Guizhou, Shanghai, Beijing, and Wuxi.

The three Chinese presenters will be announced after the filming of the first episode, and are expected to be well-known TV presenters and experts in the automotive industry.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be working together with one of the world’s great broadcasting powerhouses on a programme of this quality and wide appeal. The Top Gear brand has huge potential in China. The UK version is a huge hit around the world and we are confident that Top Gear China will be just as successful and popular here,” said Richard Zhang, General Manager of Honyee Media.