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This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
Top Gear US
The US Stig is the same Stig as the British Stig.
Someone was going to suggest it eventually, so we might as well just get it out of the way at the beginning.

The US Stig is the British Stig's other American cousin.
Well, he can't very well be the first American cousin, can he? They look nothing alike.

Tanner is The Stig.
There's an obvious bit of cost-cutting in the Stig segments (no music), the way his helmet lines up with his shoulders resembles Tanner and Tanner describes Stig laps in extensive detail that nobody on the UK show manages.

There will be a crossover between the British and US versions of the show in the near future.
Hell, the British version has already crossed over with the Australian version and the German equivalent. It's logical that they'd cross the pond eventually.
  • After a Tanner segment on the Noble M600 was filmed in England for the Season 3 finale, I'm hoping to at least see Tanner as the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car sometime during the next BBC Top Gear series.
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