Drone firm captures 
Top Gear desert drive

An AerialRepublic.com drone prepares to film footage for Top Gear in Morocco earlier this year. (S)

An AerialRepublic.com drone prepares to film footage for Top Gear in Morocco earlier this year. (S)

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The new series of cult motoring show Top Gear has been given some uplift – by a Wetherby-based drone company.

Aerialrepublic.com was commissioned by production company Extreme Facilities to capture hours of agile aerial footage featuring new co-host and ex-Friends star Matt LeBlanc driving a sand-buggy through a desert in Morocco.

The footage was broadcast during the first episode of the hotly-anticipated 23rd series of the show, which pulled in more than 4 million viewers.

Aerialrepublic.com was founded in 2014, and employs a team of six videography and production specialists operating top-spec drones worth over £75,000 for clients including MTV, National Geographic and the BBC.

Operations director Lois Etheridge said: “The fact that our aerial videography experience was called upon by the team behind one of the most popular television shows in the world is a testament to the specialised knowledge and experience that we bring to each and every project.

“Filming for Top Gear was an experience that was game-changing both on a personal level and for the company, as it has allowed us to add another major name to our portfolio as we continue to work with bigger industry players.”