Jeremy Clarkson has described how the format of his new show was shaped by a fear of being sued by the BBC if they imitated Top Gear.
The presenter said that dozens of potential names for The Grand Tour were rejected for being too similar to his former programme, and described how they decided to film in a tent to get around intellectual property laws.
However, they risked using a test track like the one used by Top Gear after deciding that it was an essential requirement of any car show.
The Grand Tour uses RAF Wroughton, a former airfield near Swindon, while the BBC show was filmed at the Dunsfold Aerodrome track in Surrey.
Clarkson, 56, and his fellow Top Gear presenters James May and Richard Hammond decamped to Amazon Prime after Clarkson was accused of punching a producer and fired.
Writing in The Sunday Times, Clarkson said that he was inspired to suggest filming in a tent after being told they could not use a studio.
He said: “The lawyers pointed out that we couldn’t host the show from a static location because, although it had [originally] been our idea, the BBC owned it.”
He also described how he used to “wind up” Top Gear executive Danny Cohen, saying: “Danny and I were famously not ever going to get on.”
Clarkson said he would purposefully do things to annoy the new director, adding: “I would think, ‘I’m going to say this. Nobody else would care less. But Danny Cohen, his teeth will move about with rage.
“I know what his views are on everything and I just thought, it’s so easy. ‘Cos those views are not echoed by anyone living in the country that I know about.”
The Grand Tour, which consists of 12 episodes costing around £4.5 million each, will air in November.