A new series of Top Gear is almost upon us!PA

The boys are officially back on the box as they return to BBC Two for a brand new series of car-based carnage.

Tune in to BBC Two on Sunday, January 27 at 8pm to witness (among many other things) Jeremy's intriguing new microcar- a tiny personal mobility machine that has been created by Conventry University design boffins and makes the Peel P50 look like a stretched limousine.

WARNING: Spoliers to follow

Other notable highlights include James, Jeremy and Richard testing the new Bentley Continental GT on a World Rally stage and the conversion of a Fiat Multipla into the perfect pensioner vehicle- which includes the addition of a massive foam front bumper and wing mirrors borrowed from a coach.

Car football returns in a new guise, replacing international rugby stars with hardy Kia Cee'ds in a full-contact scrum-off.

Plus, the chaps get back to doing what they do best, a proper race to determine what method of transport is fastest when it comes to traveling from Britain to the San Siro stadium in Milan.

James and Richard take the train while Jeremy tries his luck in a £35,000 Shelby Mustang GT500.

The usual dollop of supercar loveliness is of course included, with white knuckle rides in the Pagani Huayra, Aston Martin Vanquish and the new dodge Viper all scheduled to appear.

But the icing on the oily cake is 'The Africa Special' that's due to run in "early 2013", according to the Top Gear website. The belated Christmas special sees Clarkson and company on the hunt for the source of the Nile. What separates the presenters from Victorian explorer John Hanning Speke- who is attributed with first discovering the source- is that the boys only have £1500 to spend on a car tackle the trip.

We'd bet good money Clarkson opts for something ludicrously powerful and utterly unsuitable.