Stig apparently writing an autobiography. BBC claims it is part of his contract to maintain his secret identity and says it will pursue legal action against him. It may all be just for fun.

Could this be a publicity stunt?

When it comes to Top Gear's The Stig, anything is possible.

The latest is this: The BBC is pursuing legal action against the Stig to stop him (her?) from revealing his identity in an autobiography he is writing. The British public broadcaster contends that it is part of his work contract to keep his identity secret.

The Stig has been with the show since 2003 and is one of the main elements that make up Top Gear's mystique. He test drives the cars featured on the show and it is his track times with which Top Gear ranks them for lap performance. The Stig also trains the celebrities who participate in the Star in a Reasonable Priced Car segment.

The identity of the Stig is something the show guards well. Aside from the presenters, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, and a few key BBC executives, no one knows who he is.

Top Gear and the BBC have been known to toy with the public on the identity of the Stig, last year they pretended to have the Stig remove his helmet on the program only to reveal Michael Schumacher wearing his trademark white race suit.