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Clarkson Fires Back At Tesla Controversy


Jeremy Clarkson has stepped in to give his own opinion on the controversy between Tesla Motors and Top Gear, and by doing so, takes the issue even further. Contradicting BBC’s statement where they agreed that neither of the test cars actually ran out of juice, Clarkson commented, “We never said once that the car had run out of power. The car had to be pushed into the warehouse because you are not allowed to drive cars into a building. We calculated that it would have run out of power after 53 miles (85km) but they can’t argue with that because that is a fact.”

Right then Mr.Clarkson, we believe you. But there’s one area where I guess all of us can agree with Mr.Clarkson – that it doesn’t matter why the Roadster’s brakes failed. Clarkson says, “Nobody gives a flying **** how the brakes failed. Whether it was a blown fuse or not, they were still not working.”

Top Gear has Tesla there on the brakes but what remains a mystery is why the Top Gear crew filmed themselves pushing the car back into the hangar when there still was power left. Clarkson’s claim that they did so because you are not allowed to drive cars into a building and not because the car ran out of juice doesn’t hold water. Does he really expect us to believe that he could not drive the car into the hangar?

  • E
  • Dec 27, 2008
Man~ like Porsche and Nissan. But its between electric car and car show.
  • R
  • Dec 27, 2008
hm.... mr Clarkson again....
  • S
  • Dec 29, 2008
clarkson alwiz has good excuses for himself... haha...
Here's what i think the topgear crew shud have said: Since the brakes were bl@@dy malfunctioning, they decided not to take any risk, so they 'towed' or 'pushed' the bl@@dy car into the garage.. go figure tesla
  • S
  • Jan 16, 2009
But didn't the top-gear segment show TWO telsa's stopping after a short while?
Did they both suffer from brake failure?