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, is believed to have a
massive 350 million viewers per week in 170 different countries.
It features a number of regular features including a challenge for the presenters, Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car and power laps, where the show's 'tame racing driver' The Stig completes a lap around the Top Gear test track to gauge the performance of various cars.
In September, MailOnline reported how co-presenter Jeremy Clarkson was set for a 5million windfall after the BBC bought out his stake in Bedder 6, which he set up five years ago with Top Gear's executive producer Andy Wilman, to exploit the programme's global brand.
Bedder 6 has had huge success making money out of Top Gear merchandise, show tours, DVDs and international sales rights.
It was understood the total deal for both men was worth around 8million. The money was to come from the BBC’s commercial division.
Clarkson has also signed a lucrative new deal to continue presenting BBC 2's popular motoring show for three more years alongside James May and Richard Hammond, and is likely to be paid a fixed annual 500,000 talent fee by the broadcaster up until 2015.
The new series returns on January 27.
VIDEO Top Gear as seen on YouTube
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