…well, sort of. The identity of the Stig, Top Gear’s official Power Lap driver, is a closely guarded secret. So close, in fact, that when the last Stig, Perry McCarthy, publicly revealed his identity, Top Gear killed him off by driving him off an aircraft carrier at 110mph. Fearing for his life (and probably his job), the Stig’s replacement has made sure to not make the same mistake, closely following the shows guidelines to maintain his anonymity.
But the paparazzi is persistent, to say the least, and there’s been some leaks in Top Gear’s crew. Not enough information is known to officially put a name on who the Stig really is, but we now know that he is in his 30’s, lives comfortably in a £300,000 home and drives a boring £15,000 car. It’s been estimated that, between his job with Top Gear and his professional stunt driving gig, the Stig makes about £150,000 per year.
To quote Jeremy Clarkson, I guess the Stig really is a Tame racing driver. Check out the video after the jump to see the old Stig’s demise.