The Grand Tour season 3 on Prime Video: When is it released? Where is it filmed? Everything you need to know about the return of Clarkson, Hammond and May

Who's ready for more middle-aged men rampaging around the world? A riotous celebration of cars, travel and, occasionally, friendship – The Grand Tour will be back for a third season.

If things have been a bit quiet on TV recently, don’t worry - The Grand Tour will be back on Amazon Prime Video very soon.

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have been globetrotting again, filming even more outrageous challenges, epic stunts and glorious road trips in the finest cars on the planet.

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Here's everything you need to know about the return of the series, which Prime Video describe as: "three middle-aged men rampaging around the world having unusual adventures, driving amazing cars, and engaging in a constant argument about which of them is the biggest idiot".

When is The Grand Tour back for season 3?

The Grand Tour - Jeremy Clarkson at the season 2 New York premiere

Clarkson, Hammond and May will return for season 3 of The Grand Tour on Friday, January 18 - only on Prime Video.

Applications for audience tickets at the recordings recently closed and they are expected to wrap filming in December.

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Watch the first trailer

The first full trailer for season 3 features Hammond once again risking one of his nine lives as he struggles to keep his Jeep on a tiny bridge over a steep canyon in Colombia, the three comrades taking on epic challenges in Detroit and Nevada, visits to Mongolia and China, Jeremy and Abbie attempting an unusual snowy challenge in Sweden, and James May playing the bagpipes in Scotland, along with a tour of the Stansted Airport.

Joe Cocker's version of With A Little Help From My Friends soundtracks the footage.

Meet the presenters

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Jeremy Clarkson

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Richard Hammond

The Grand Tour - James May

James May

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What cars will feature in the new series?

The Grand Tour season 1 - Now on Prime Video

As always, we’re expecting plenty of surprises from the Grand Tour team and a lot is being kept under wraps. However, the presenters have dropped a few teasers during the year and motoring fanatics following the trio filming around the world have spotted several classic vehicles lined up for season 3.

James May confirmed on the trio’s car social media network DriveTribe that they would be testing an Alpine A110, while Clarkson revealed in his Sunday Times column that he would testing the Bentley Continental FT at the Eboladrome.

Clarkson posted on DriveTribe pictures of him inside the Hongqi L5 in Chongqing, describing it as the "coolest" car he’s even been inside and also confirmed that the series would include him testing the McLaren Senna.

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Executive producer Andy Wilman shared pictures on Instagram of the Aston Martin Vantage being tested in the Eboladrome, while Clarkson also posted shots of himself in a Lancia.

While filming in Detroit, the trio were spotted inside a Dodge Challenge SRT Demon (Hammond), Hennesset Exorcist Camaro ZL1 (May) and Ford Mustang RTR (Clarkson) and during filming in Scotland, the trio were seen inside classic Italian sports cars.

A trip to Wales was slightly less glamorous as the presenters were seen inside pickup trucks.

Who is David Souffle?

The Grand Tour - Jeremy Clarkson with a comedy moustache

The most significant update we’ve had in the wait for season 3 are Clarkson’s mysterious new Belgian traffic warden character – David Souffle.

Clarkson shared images on Instagram and posted a series of videos on YouTube, where is sporting an impressive comedy moustache for the character.

[Read more: First look at The Grand Tour season 3]

The short sketches feature Clarkson’s character distracted for handing out parking tickets to vehicles on double yellow lines by nearby patisseries and their delicious produce.

What is happening in series 3? Where is it being filmed?

The Grand Tour season 1

Executive producer Andy Wilman revealed the most significant news and updates at the first Prime Video Presents event in London.

Wilman announced at the event that there are "two big locations" for season 3, Columbia and Mongolia.

He also revealed that the reason Clarkson, Hammond and May weren’t at the event was because they were shooting "a bit of a road trip" in Azerbaijan and Georgia.

"They are quite old, they might not make it, it's quite a long drive," he joked.

Revealing some of the road trip destinations, Wilman said: "There are three big new GT luxury Aston Martin, Bentleys and so on and they require a massive road trip, we can't just go round Wales.

"No offence to Wales - mind you, Brexit's coming that’s gonna be abroad isn't it? We require big, beautiful scenery so you start like that.

"Then we go, 'we’ve got three or four big new car road trips, let’s do some retarded s***’. So we’ve done one of those motorhome holidays where they've built their own motorhomes in America. They're going through Trumpsville in the stuff they've built.

"China, they go to China, because if businessmen/women buy very expensive cars, they cost three or four times what they would in Europe, so they bought s****y eight grand, 20-year-old Mercedes that are on their last legs, and they’re trying to convince the Chinese business community that this is the way forward, and it just all goes really wrong."

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Explaining why he loves working with Prime Video on The Grand Tour, he added: "It's their lives played out on screen via cars and car adventures.

"Each series is like recording an album, you've got some hits, fillers and some experimental eras.

"The Grand Tour has to live up to that name and this one is chocka with passport stamps."

Footage shown to journalists at the event also revealed that the series wouldn't be cutting back on the outrageous stunts.

The clip featured a police chase, an exploding helicopter, the trio driving motorhomes and a surprising cameo from Mary Beard.

Watch Grand Tour… play Grand Tour?

Amazon has announced a spinoff computer game for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The game will allow fans to check out the cars and famous locations used in the show and test out their own driving skills in the Eboladrome test track.

The Grand Tour Game takes you seamlessly between watching the show and then taking part in it - no loading, no buffering - you’re straight into the hot seat as Clarkson, Hammond or May. Watch as May struggles to work out the difference between reality and the game in the first sneak-peek…

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