Tesla Sues BBC TV’s Top Gear Show Over Roadster Libel

by , 03/30/11

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A full two years after Jeremy Clarkson poked fun at the Tesla Roadster on the hit show Top Gear, the automotive company has slapped the BBC with a lawsuit. On the show, Clarkson acts more like a child in a grown-up suit than a reckless lawbreaker, but he complained on air about the electric vehicle’s 55 mile range and pushed it into a garage as though the battery had gone flat. Tesla claims there is no way the car ran out of juice. Read on for more details and a short clip of the offending footage we caught on Engadget this morning.

Tesla gave the show’s three stars, who make up “The Stig,” two cars to work with, neither of which dropped below a 25% charge. So pushing the car into the garage was nothing more than a funny prank. The automakers might have laughed off the stunt if Top Gear didn’t have 350 million adoring groupies hanging on Clarkson’s every word. Instead, two (suspiciously long) years later,Tesla has charged the BBC with libel and malicious falsehood for depicting the Roadster as an under-performing road vehicle.

Via Engadget

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  1. heshdog March 30, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Hikender is right here…
    everything that is said is true, the fact that they showed the car being pushed up to a power outlet is just to set up to show how weak an idea a battery powered car is, from a users point, not to mention the vast resources used to make 3000 batteries… also if you are to take that particular episode as a whole and not just this piece on its own, you can see how this piece is used to highlight issues with battery powered cars before introducing the honda clarity which is a hydrogen powered car, and how it really shows a better way forward on the entire green motoring issues…
    also just a thought, not seen to many of theses motors about, think maybe they need the money a law suit might provide…

  2. Hikender March 30, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Thing is… nothing that Top Gear said was untrue. Both cars ran into issues, either power or heating or breaking issues. Sure, they played it up to make it more interesting to the viewer, but it’s a TV show… that’s what they’re supposed to do.

    Also, the three hosts do NOT make up “The Stig”… The Stig is an entirely separate character in the show.

  3. caeman March 30, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Litigious hacks. Stick to making cars and let the comedians have their fun. Like anyone really takes Jeremy Clarkson seriously for car buying suggestions?

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