Top Gear and Model S

Top Gear and Model S

Quite possibly my two favorite things. Just want to get that out of the way.

What I like about Top Gear and what I like about Model S have nearly no overlap. This is the same Venn diagram of cars Jeremy likes and V4's. But, I want neither to change or compromise for what they believe in for they are both great and wonderful things.

With that being said I do hope the Model S review goes better than the Roadster review. I hope they pit it against the 4 door Panamera, BMW whatever, Merc whatever, Audi whatever and let the chips fall where they may.

How will it all go? My prediction: Jeremy will fall in love with the Model S when he sees it, sits in it, drives it through Gambon and Hammerhead and speeds off the line with the other 4 doors in it's wake. He'll most certainly mention distance to empty and be pleased. But charging will still be an issue he'll note. He'll mention the cargo space and rear leg room, while chuckling at the rear facing seats. And there will be a joke about the door handles, the big dash screen and sum it all up with another "I'm too dumb to email" joke. Stig will push it through it's paces and it will fall ahead of all other 4 doors including the Karma; If Fisker sends them one. Maybe James will get a word in about the environment? Maybe Richard will race it against an electric superbike? Whatever they do I hope it's creative, funny and entertaining without being too negatively pre-scripted, shortsighted and naive. See below...

My recap of the infamous Roadster review...

When I saw the Roadster get shat on by Jeremy it was much like the Prius review in that there was a feel of pre-scripting negativity. Sure they were positives and it rang true to most of their reviews where the anticipation seemed to wane throughout. Yes, viewers notice when there are quotes "It's positively Electric" and end with "...too quiet". Many of my gearhead friends noted that most likely they put their foot to the floor and kept it there until it ran out of juice (AKA 55 miles). I thought, sure, fine, ok, be that as it may, how many miles did the Elise go under the same conditions? 10.6 gallons and I'm guessing it's going to be less than half of it's city rating so let's say 80 Miles maybe? Regardless it's going to be way less just like the Roadster. And the Roadster beats the Elise of the I'm saying this is a win for the Roadster even if it's 100Miles.

For the brakes issue. I'm sure every car they test have zero issues and they never break them while testing. Isn't all TV production and Auto-racing perfect on the first try? So why did they stoop so low here? It seemed rather ridiculous to me that it was mentioned. Almost like they believed they had found a huge flaw in the design of EV's that the whole world must know about as it might happen to you! To answer my own question of why did they even bother to bring this up? Simple, they've set a higher standard for this car *because* it's an EV. Jeremy has had issues with every car he's ever owned, he's mentioned this several times on air. But why not mention how other test cars have broken then? This so rarely happens I'm guessing they just find bigger flaws with the cars that play better on air.

For the cost issue. The car goes around the track for less than the cars below it on the lap times, so there's no argument here. Notice Jeremy doesn't say where the Elise ranks on the board. Surprise! It's way down at the bottom!

For the charging issues. This was the icing for me where I knew they had set a higher standard. Showing a nuclear plant, showing a tiny wind turbine and a standard charging port. Actually most of the UK's electric comes from the burning of natural gas (73%), it's 30% cleaner than burning petrol (Surprise!) and the recommended charging port gets you from empty to full while you sleep. You can't do that while on a trip to another country like Jeremy points out; but I doubt I'm doing that trip in a sportscar anyway.

What was missing from their review was how long the battery is supposed to last, maintenance and TCO. Which I could argue all favor the Roadster.

searcher | April 5, 2011

Well balanced review,Jeramy need a copy of it as well as Top Gear.

mnx | April 6, 2011

I'm with you Discoducky. I really hope Top Gear gets their hands on a model S. (mostly so I know how fast it goes around their track) lol

would love to see it pitted against the fisker karma, audi a7 etc.

Vawlkus | April 6, 2011

I hope TG DOESN'T get their hands on the model s.

They made such a balls up mess of their BBC biased Roadster review that, if I were Tesla, I'd never let them near ANY other car I made.

Timo | April 6, 2011

Especially now that they lost the EV-positive Stig.

Kallisman | April 6, 2011

I don't think it's possible for Tesla to prevent TG from testing the Model S if TG really want that. When the car is for sale, they can simply buy or rent it.

Jaffray | April 6, 2011

@ Kallisman...true, but TM can refuse to lend or sell a car to TG...which given TG's current buffoonish practice of scripting episodes prior to actually reviewing the vehicle, is a stance that I hope TM adopts.

It's a shame that more auto manufacturers dont take an agressive posture with TG...withhold their cars and force it to evolve from a clown show in the guise of a credible product reviewer to a useful consumer guide aiding in the purchase of automobiles.

Jaffray | April 6, 2011

@ Vawlkus...agreed, I'd like to see all mid and high-end auto manufactures grow a pair & boycott TG until they either change formats or go off the entertaining would TG be if they could not review any BMW / MB / Lexus / Infinity /et al or any exotic cars?

How much fun can one have with a Ford Fiesta?

mnx | April 6, 2011

@ Jaffray TG is meant for entertainment and never will be a "useful consumer guide aiding in the purchase of automobiles."

If it were it would be boring an no one would watch.

Besides you can do all kinds of fun things with a Fiesta. Like drive it off a cliff, play a game of "car football" or see how quickly they could break it on their track etc.

Kallisman | April 6, 2011

As long as ppl keep watching TG they will have the budget to do pretty much whatever they want in the name of entertainment.

@Jaffray If TM or any car manufacturer want to prevent TG from testing their car, they would have to have a clause in a contract everyone buying a car need to sign, stating that the buyer under no circumstances are allowed to sell, rent, lend or in other way make the car available to TG, anyone associated with TG or anyone that might in any way make the car available to TG in any forseeable future under penalty of a very hefty fine.
I'm not sure I would want to sign such a contract to buy any car, since it would make me responsible for what any later owner will do.
TG would probably find a way anyway

msiano17 | April 6, 2011

To be honest, I think if TG got a hold of the S i see them testing out how long the battery lasts. Will it actually last 300 miles in economode. I see a long road trip taken by Jeremy probably but possibly James.

I see it surpassing the 300 mile marker and them coming out of it in a comfortable well rested fashion, but them complaining that they now they have to figure out a way to get home since the battery is dead.

Now that is probably the most honest review they can give. It goes 300 miles on a road trip, but you need to find a way to get home or charge it overnight to make it home. And I see them complaining about that a bit but otherwise it being quite a good test....

searcher | April 7, 2011

Maybe "Top Gear" needs to change name of show to "Stripped Gear". Now I know I have been reading too much BrianH. I'm still laughing over the "moose" joke he made on some thread.

VolkerP | April 7, 2011

people pick on the fact that the TG script was written prior to driving the roadster. Now you write a TG script prior to driving Model S? c'mon :-)

msiano17 | April 7, 2011

@ VulkerP

Sorry I did not mean write a script for them, but I do see the best way to test the car is to take it on a road trip. And what I stated would be my expectations of how the test would go.

VolkerP | April 8, 2011

no offense meant.
Road trip would be OK. But after that, TG will take model S to the track. And the Stig will crash into a pile of tires because he's fiddling with the 17" touch screen, downloading tetris app or something. Big whoa for the crowd in the studio. All scripted in advance, of course.
Or not, because I will sue them for violation of intellectual property rights.
Any other ideas how TG could screw up a review of Model S?
If we post it all here, they can't do it any longer!

msiano17 | April 8, 2011

Very funny indeed.

Like I said, I really just hope for an honest opinion from those gents.

Brian H | April 10, 2011

I think the TM-reviewer Stig left the show because of the screwing around, didn't he? And I gather the new one isn't having much to say.

Weird show.

msiano17 | April 11, 2011

Not sure if anyone else heard about this, apparently Tesla is filing a suit against the BBC and Top Gear for their slander against the Tesla Roadster and its "55 mile range" only.

Sudre | April 11, 2011

I don't understand postmsiano17. I looked at your link and I looked at the actually suit and they have:
Specifically, Top Gear misrepresented that:

The Roadster ran out of charge and had to be pushed into the Top Gear hangar by 4 men.
The Roadster’s true range is only 55 miles per charge (not 211).
One Roadster’s motor overheated and was completely immobilized as a result.
The other Roadster’s brakes were broken, rendering the car undriveable.
That neither of the two Roadsters provided to Top Gear was available for test driving due to these problems.

so what do you mean by "....against the Tesla Roadster and its "55 mile range" only. "?

My source is the actual filing.

Volker.Berlin | April 12, 2011

Sudre, I don't think it is so hard to see what msiano17 means. He refers to Top Gear's assertion that the Tesla Roadster has "only 55 mile range". So the "only" went into a slightly misleading place, but still... It is exactly the second claim of the claims you quote in your post, which is a representative for all claims mentioned on the suit.

msiano17, yes, everybody else has heard about this. ;-)

Volker.Berlin | April 12, 2011

There is an entire thread dedicated to the law suit:

msiano17 | April 12, 2011

fair enough, least everyone is informed...

it is also probably a part of why their stocks have taken some beating in the past couple days...

mnx | April 13, 2011

if the Model S doesn't appear on Top Gear, perhaps it could appear on Top Gear USA?

Lush1 | April 15, 2011

Some people take Top Gear way to seriously. Top Gear is a COMEDY show. It's neither scientific nor unbiased. The presenters are personalities whose job it is to create entertaining content, primarily about cars and things related to them. The hosts are not skilled drivers. They make a big, impressive show by power sliding powerful cars around their track, usually while screaming. Driving sideways and making lots of smoke is not a good way to go fast or evaluate the merits of an automobile. If you are looking to them for objective information about cars, you've missed the point. Don't get me wrong, I love the show. I'm also a reservation holder for a Tesla Model S. I wouldn't expect to get anywhere near the advertised range of a Tesla if I drove it they way they did on Top Gear. I wouldn't expect to get the range any car touts the way those guys thrash them. I have never met a person who treats a car they way they do. I would also not be surprised if they broke the car. They break a lot of cars during their demonstrations (I would not call them tests or evaluations). It is a shame that they did such a disservice to such a magnificent, forward thinking car. It hardly matters when they pick apart a $500,000 supercar (except perhaps to the manufacturer). Those things are just plain decadent. But if they turned viewers off to the Tesla, they did potential harm. Sad, but a consequence of living in a free society. We just have to suck it up. In the final analysis, the effect Top Gear will have on Tesla sales is probably nil.

Timo | April 15, 2011

Unfortunately that effect is nowhere near nil. People take their car reviews at least semi-seriously as in point of view of someone not professional car driver. They do not expect that review made in serious way is in fact total BS with fabricated events that never actually occurred.

Roadster review was/is like (imaginary scenario from TG):

Clarkson drives new Ferrari, and car suddenly starts to shake violently (without any indication of joke). He gets out of the car, notices that one of the rear tires has blown up (fabricated) (cue dramatic scene of Ferrari sitting in track tire blown up). Then he explains very seriously (still no joke visible) that this particular Ferrari has a flaw in the design so that it eats up tires so fast that you can't use it in normal life. After that he compares it to some other similar looking vehicle (with half of the performance, but that is not mentioned) and adds up that this is so expensive anyway that you are better off not buying it when you can get that (half the performance, but not mentioned) car.

(actually Roadster trashing was worse than that).

Could you tell from that review that it was fabricated and a joke?

If you are telling a joke, then tell a joke. Put Captain Slow putting soft top on the car when it is "raining". Make a comment about electric motor huge torque and then show a scene where you put Roadster in pulling contest with a big-ass AWD tractor (no, huge torque wont help there). Do something like that.

Tiebreaker | April 15, 2011

@Lush1, are just another shill in the conga-line, working the "TG is just a comedy show" aspect? How come a new one shows up as soon as an old one fades away?

The truth is 90% of the viewers are taking them seriously. Just last week somebody told me about the Panamera: "TG didn't like it, they thought it's boxy." And TG wants that, to be respected as car experts, but stirring controversy to increase viewership.

Would TG admit they are a comedy show? Would they admit that they misrepresented/lied abut the Roadster just for a comedy effect? Isn't it close to what is Tesla demanding?

searcher | April 15, 2011

@Lush1, If you have got it figured out in a very insightful manner. I submit that vast majority of others have not so finitely broken it down, thus damage has been done.

Lush1 | April 16, 2011

Thank you searcher. It seems we share a minority view. To the rest I say; Top Gear IS a comedy show. I would think that would be obvious to all but the dullest viewers. It's not the kind of show that features monologists or tells one liners though. The whole presentation is over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek and done with such an obvious wink-and-a-nod that a person would have to be sans a sense of humor, or German, to take those buffoons seriously. Ferrari's erupting in flames! Pure shock value. Does anybody believe that happens? Did it hurt Ferrari sales. I don't have ratings, demographic or market penetration data but I work in the broadcasting business and I can't imagine that TG's reach is so vast in the world that they will kill, or even discernibly affect the Model S project. Hey, aren't they still selling those horrible Roadsters that Top Gear panned? Some people were undeterred and decided to buy a car with a 55 mile range a failure prone brakes "as seen on TG." I have faith that there are enough intelligent, perceptive, potential Tesla buyers in the world to buy up as many as Tesla can build. The fence sitters and the uninitiated will probably form their opinions from the legitimate motor press, the news and the swell of information that flows from the grassroots movement of us early adopters. Top Gear lemmings will miss a golden opportunity. The loss will be theirs. Tesla will succeed without them. If I didn't believe that, I sure wouldn't have a deposit on one. As much as I enjoy the show, I don't like what Top Gear did to Tesla either. I guess I just have enough faith in Tesla and in people not to go apoplectic over it. (P.S. No offense meant to the German's. It was meant to be humorous. The late actor/comic Steve Landesberg (of Barney Miller fame) used to do a great routine in his stand-up act about Germans and humor. I'm 1st generation American, born of German immigrants. There is some truth in the stereotype of our people having a muted sense of humor and a total inability to understand irony. It is only partially true. Germans are not humorless, I know this to be true from personal experience). Now haters, do your worst. I am unperturbed.

Lush1 | April 16, 2011

But wait, there's more. I must apologize to searcher. I initially misread his (or her) comment. It seems we do not share the same opinion but I bear him no ill will. I want to be clear that I erred so he won't be damned by association with my opinion. Please don't hate on him. To Tiebreaker who says "The truth is 90% of the viewers are taking them seriously. Just last week somebody told me about the Panamera: "TG didn't like it, they thought it's boxy." And TG wants that, to be respected as car experts, but stirring controversy to increase viewership." Where do you get your figures? Maybe 90% of the people YOU know take them seriously. How many people do you know that you can know how many people take Top Gear seriously? None of my friends do. One of your friends related to you an opinion of the Panamera they heard on Top Gear. So what? Did they decide to buy a different vehicle as a result? Will Porsche fold as a result? You know what they say opinions are like and that everybody has one? Top Gear a self professed entertainment show. Does anyone remember the episode in which them came to America with visas which only permitted them to film a documentary and were admonished by the State Department not to be too entertaining? Throughout the show they did their usual hijinks and then sheepishly became contrite when they remembered that they were not allowed to be entertaining. Entertainment is defined as "the action of providing or being provided with amusement or enjoyment." Please explain how Top Gear is not a comedy show. I submit that they consider themselves entertaining, but what do they know? By the way, their job is to increase viewership. That's not a bad thing, it's how TV works. Do people still believe everything they see on TV? Finally, can anybody name a serious automotive review TV show with the viewership of Top Gear?

Sindre | April 16, 2011

Lush: There's no question that Top Gear is tongue-in-cheek and has some pretty over-the-top challenges and features. Still at the same time their reviews does carry significant weight. They are also clearly used by many british and other viewers as a car reviewing program. That doesn't mean you have to take everything at face value, but if TG says it's shit, then most viewers think it is at least bad.
As a reference look what award they won for the second time in the National Television Award 2011 in Britain. I'll give you a hint "Most Popular Factual Programme". Not the category they should have won instead Most Popular Comedy Programme.

Not to mention the episode in question then changed to a gushing review of the Honda Clarity which supposedly works in real life in spite of it's 200 miles total range. Total as in 200 miles takes you 200 miles away from the nearest H2 recharge station and gets you stranded....


Lush1 | April 16, 2011

How much credibility can you give to a country that spells program, Programme? The honor of "Most Popular Factual Programme" is clearly undeserved. I love Top Gear for what they are; jocular, opinionated, sensationalistic, childish, TV car snobs. How seriously can you take a bunch of guys that drop pianos on cars and constantly sabotage, abandon and play practical jokes on each other? C'mon people, wake up and smell the petrol. Tesla will be just fine. Top Gear is not mighty enough to hurt them. I refuse to believe that people smart enough to want a Tesla are so stupid that a 6 minute package on Top Gear could change their minds. Perhaps I'm some exceptional genius (kidding) but I wouldn't base a car purchase on their obviously biased opinions. Anybody who would, raise your hand.

Tiebreaker | April 16, 2011


So you ARE a shill. A pretty good one, probably a professional. With all the markings: creating a distraction, plowing the company's defense line, ignoring facts, ignoring posts, while smartly disguising in seemingly sincere posts. Your last post, in desperation, reaches a new low. Facts are facts.

Lush1 | April 16, 2011

Oh boy, my first internet flaming! I answer it in the hope that it might help some people relax and consider a less dire perspective than those who believe Top Gear will ruin Tesla.

Dear Tiebreaker, Let me start by saying that I am not a shill for TG. I did not agree with their review of the Tesla and was disappointed in them for doing that hatchet job on such a great car, but I'm not worried that it will be the undoing of Tesla. I'm an American. I have no affiliation with Top Gear, or anyone or anything connected to it. I have worked in the broadcasting business for 40+ years so I know a little something about how it works, though I think common sense is all that is needed to understand how they work. I don't expect you to believe me. You are obviously a closed minded, dogmatic, aggressive, paranoid, hypocrite.
Are you really so delusional that you believe Top Gear has "shills" that comb the Tesla boards to counteract any negative comments people post about the show? I wonder what their budget is for that? They don't really need to do it. You have unwittingly presented opinions, stated as facts, which makes TG sound like the preeminent source for unbiased automotive news.
Regarding the "facts." I have made no factual representations. I have only expressed my own opinions. You, however, stated: "The truth is 90% of the viewers are taking them seriously." Where did you get that amazing statistic? Do you have access to internal Top Gear focus group research or something? I am surprised that any company would pay to poll that question. Please share the source of your facts with us.
You say that I am "Plowing the company's defense line." Again, can you site a source for TG's official defense line? I must have missed the memo. What is their "official defense line?" In fact, I doubt that people at Top Gear would agree with all of my characterizations of the show.
I maintain that they often speak in hyperbole. If you were to take every word they said literally, they would seem insane and you would likely end up dead. For example, I just watched a 2007 episode of TG in which they drove a train into a Renault Escape, to demonstrate what can happen to drivers who drive around closed crossing gates. After multiple slow motion replays of the massive, violent, collision, Jeremy said, "The message then is clear. Unless you want that to happen to you, always wear this" (points to his orange safety vest). It was a joke, though they never said it was. They ran no disclaimer. No warnings about the dangers of circumventing crossing gates were presented. I hope that viewers don't take everything said on Top Gear literally or people in orange vests will be bypassing railroad gates, believing that they are safe because they are properly attired. If they thought the public was that gullible and expected the show to be taken that seriously, they would never have done something so obviously absurd for risk of damaging their credibility.
A clever, well-written show like Top Gear requires of its viewers the perception and intelligence to interpret the information presented, to understand the fundamentals of entertainment. Things like humor, irony, word play, drama, double entendre; and know that they employ special effects, editing, musical scoring and so forth, all to tell a story, make a point, inform, amuse and otherwise communicate their message to the viewing public and keep them watching. That is their job and they are generally extremely good at it. Where do they state that every word they say is true and results are scientifically verifiable? If you are looking for unbiased automotive journalism, you are watching the wrong program. I believe that most people understand that, though you are starting to make me think I'm being naive. You seem to think people are stupid and take Top Gear as gospel. I have yet to meet a person that dim witted. It's a good, funny, compelling, entertaining program. It is not journalism. Even if they misrepresent themselves as fair and balanced, which they don't as far as I can tell, not everybody watches them. Of those who watch, probably few are as easily misled as you believe. Stop 10 strangers on the street and ask them if they saw Top Gear's evaluation of the Tesla. I wager that most of them will say, "What's a Tesla," or "What is Top Gear."
So, relax. Have some faith in humanity. You have vastly overestimated the power of Top Gear. That segment won't kill Tesla. The sky isn't falling, Chicken Little.

Tiebreaker | April 16, 2011


msiano17 | April 16, 2011

Here is the thing. You probably could stop 10 people on the street and ask them if they saw TG's eval on the Roadster and they would say no. But you could say the same thing for any car company. TG is a popular show, but it is targeted for only those interested in cars in the first place, i.e. us.

When TG does a bad review of a car it typically will not make a difference because (and i emphasize this point) those car companies have been around for a very long time and are well established. When they ripped apart the newest Bentley this past season, I highly doubt Bentley saw a correlation in sales and TG's review at all. Reason being, people who buy a Bentley probably are to rich to give a crap on some TV show's review, they buy for the name and the price and they are so well established it does not matter.

Telsa is a brand new company with 1 car out only right now. Plus they also are not a standard car company, they are and EV company. And EV's track record is not good at all, it did not end well for the first generation of Electric Cars. SO for a TV series to rip apart a car and slander some of its statistics, it will have a much larger impact to sales and overall perception of EV's. I get it that it is supposed to be a comedy TV show, but a review on a car is still going to be taken somewhat seriously by anyone. Therefore, it is still slander no matter which way you look at it. Damage may seem minimal, but it is already a smaller company that is working on a very fragile product.

Timo | April 16, 2011

I agree with Tiebreaker here. Lush is like cross-breed between searcher and earlier shills.

Lush1 | April 16, 2011

Actually, I like msiano17's more moderate position better than my own or Tiebreakers (I'm new to "flaming" so I've gotten a bit off track). It's a reasoned opinion, not an angry screed laced with made-up facts, vitriol, hysteria and hypocrisy. I can respect it. I can't disagree with it, nor can I totally agree with it. It is a point of view, not a fact and is as valid as any opinion on it's own merits. That's fair.
I would very much like to see comments from a person who was dissuaded from considering, buying or reserving a Tesla, based on seeing the Top Gear piece. I realize that this forum is an unlikely place to find such opinions. I'm not saying this as a dare, or to imply I want someone to "prove it." I am genuinely interested in learning about the mindset of a person in that position. If anyone should happen upon same, please post a link or some trail of breadcrumbs that leads there. I equally value evidence pointing toward or away from my positions. There's nothing wrong with being wrong. It's edifying and it's how we learn best, at least some of us.
I think some people don't know the definition of the word shill, so here it is:
shill - noun - an accomplice of a hawker, gambler, or swindler who acts as an enthusiastic customer to entice or encourage others.
I am the one saying that Top Gear doesn't have nearly the gravitas that some afford it. Those who say things like 90% of the viewers are taking them seriously" are the ones decrying their might. I think they're too goofy yet funny, sometimes tedious, but clever enough to get me to watch. Mostly I enjoy the cars and the guests. Their ridiculous quests and challenges are predictable and tired so I typically FF through them. I wish that pony would learn a new trick. And I repeat, I thought the hatchet job they did on the Roadster was sad, but not entirely surprising, considering their lust for consuming gasoline as quickly as possible at high speed in the most expensive cars in the world. That's not hard to find seductive. A shill would support their review and say they exposed the seamy, weak, underbelly of the much touted, mythical, so-called miracle EV. I have said no such thing, quite the contrary, in fact. I have a reservation # around 1700. I believe in Tesla with all my heart, yet I can survive knowing there are plenty of doubters. I believe they are wrong, but I don't hate them. On the other hand, a hypocrite would watch Top Gear and laugh, absorb their opinions, espouse them and repeat them-until they hit too close to home and the jokes were at the expense of something that they believed in. TG is wrong, often. If it only offends your sensibilities when it's spouting criticism of Tesla, but you don't care when they dump on, let's say, Porsche, you are very insecure and a hypocrite and have a lot of gall calling someone who doesn't blindly share your rage, a shill. It's your right, but it's a rather boorish and pathetic way to express yourself. It wreaks of mob mentality and conspiracy theorist paranoia. Who really believes there are actual shills lurking on every board? Disagreeing with a person does not make them, or you, a shill.

Timo | April 16, 2011

You act pretty much exactly as shill, trying to mitigate the fact that TG lied, fabricated scenes and the fact that their reviews have quite a big impact on common people opinions. That's exactly what I would expect TG shill to do.

searcher | April 16, 2011

Timo, When did I become like a shill. I tought I had stayed on the shilless side of the fence on this one. Pleae point out to me when I became like a shill. You may have me mixed up with someone else on this one but if not please tell me where it appeared I might be even somewhat of a shill. I thought I was with you guys on this one.

Lush1 | April 17, 2011

Some people you just can't reach. I have called the TG review a hatchet job and very disappointing. I have voiced my feelings on many negative aspects of the show. Still you say: "You act pretty much exactly as shill, trying to mitigate the fact that TG lied, fabricated scenes and the fact that their reviews have quite a big impact on common people opinions. That's exactly what I would expect TG shill to do." HOW IS THAT A FACT? PROVE IT! That's your opinion. I don't agree 100% with you, so you call me a shill. What is your problem? Do you have a reading deficiency? Are you just so egomaniacal that you presume to speak for the common people and your word is fact because you say it is? You are an ignorant, hysterical, presumptuous hate monger who presumes to speak for "the common people. Who made you the spokesperson? I'm a pretty average person. I can only speak for myself but I don't believe their reviews. I guess if I did believe TG I wouldn't qualify as a shill by your definition. Seems illogical. Lucky thing you are here to protect the ignorant, common lemmings who believe whatever Top Gear feeds them. Why don't you try supporting your facts instead of resorting to name calling? I guess I'm naive for believing that this forum is meant for the sharing of ideas and opinions, even if they don't all agree. It's clearly a bully pulpit for childish, closed minded, fragile, neurotics like you. Your posts are full of ridiculous, imaginary scripts for a TG Tesla review. Are you bucking for a job there? That's what a shill would do. Nice try at drawing the attention away from your own shilling by pointing the finger at others. It's a veritable witch hunt. OBTW, the OP describes Tesla and Top Gear as "Quite possibly my two favorite things." OH NOW, HE LIKES TOP GEAR. HE MUST BE A SHILL. BURN HIM.

Timo | April 17, 2011

There are cases where car sales have gone down after TG reviews. They have large customer base and people take them seriously. I need to correct peoples wrong assumptions that they have got from TG fairly often, especially for Roadster. People just take it seriously. That's just plain fact.

Sure there are some that don't take anything seriously, and some that know better but that is minority of people. General rule when dealing with common people is that they are ignorant and easily affected by media.

Timo | April 17, 2011

Just caught this in your message: "Your posts are full of ridiculous, imaginary scripts for a TG Tesla review."

I have not posted any "ridiculous, imaginary scripts for a TG Tesla review". When I referred the actual review everything I have said were facts. If you mean that imaginary TG Ferrari review, that was supposed to be analogy of how bad that Roadster review was. Anybody should have understood that.

searcher | April 17, 2011

Timo, I still think you possibly have me mixed up with someone else. Please send post addressed to me so it will help me to understand where I seemed to be a shill. I am afraid I didn't quite understand the statement "Lush is like crossbreed between searcher and earlier shills". I must have left a wrong impression somewhere along the way, please let me know. You know I am not offended actually kind of amusing but check and see if maybe you have me confused with someone else here. Many thanks, searcher

Timo | April 17, 2011

@searcher, I don't think that you are a shill, Lush writing style just looks a lot like yours, in a degree that I had a thought that you are using "Lush" as sock puppet to get some people to write to you.

searcher | April 17, 2011

Timo, well I feel better,thanks for the reply. No Lush is another person. But thanks for comparing our writing styles because Lush is a pretty articulate lad, you will have to give him or her that. I thoght you might have been considering the somewhat long post I am inclined to do was the comparison you were making. I do agree that this is an emerging company and the leader, and relatively small company, no time to be getting put down by a few people whose biggest defense by pro TG people is "they are not really serious , they just kid around a lot". Poor argument as a lot of hateful, meant to harm damage, gets under the radar with the "just kidding" defense. Just kidding my BLEEP. You know this happens in interpersonal relationships and apparently in corporate relations to. Tesla's just to small right now to just brush this off. If they were a giant company maybe they could more easily just blow the TG stuff off. But they are not that big yet and they were perfectly right to respond as they did. I see only one win, win, for both companies as I have outlined roughly in a previous post. Again thanks for the response but I will have to admit Lush is far more convincing and articulate than I. Think I need to send post to lush, clash of similar styles might be interesting huh?

Tiebreaker | April 18, 2011

Aw, the barrage of insults that a couple of sentences provoked!!! Must have hit a nerve.

Hey Lush1, what compelled you to declare "I'm an American"?

Ramon123 | April 19, 2011

You NEVER, EVER trust anyone like Clarkson. Tesla has no reason for allowing those BBC boobs to get ahold of one of their Model S vehicles. If the lawsuit goes according to Hoyle, they should be able to get an injunction against TopGear. TopGear is very similar to those other British media and have about the same attitude towards truthfulness.

Jaffray | April 19, 2011

@ mnx...bull...TV shows that honestly review vehicles are popular and watched by many seeking automotive may call yourself an entertainment show, but that does not give you the right to lie & misrepresent a party's product.

Jaffray | April 19, 2011

@'re not understanding what I am saying Sir...of course as you have described, such a contract forbiding a Model S owner from lending their vehicle to TG would be absurd and unenforceable...I am only referring to TM refusing to furnish a Model S to TG for one of their dubious "reviews" (if requested to do so.)

asblik | April 19, 2011

1. TG will try to crush the Model S to prove their BBC anti-electric car bureaucratic point.

2. They will realize the Model S is dynamite and will try to ignore it as long as possible.

Same thing happened to wise guy Jim Cramer (Mad Money) that dissed the company saying they will quickly fall below their IPO and it's terrible investment... blah blah blah... yeah, it's been almost a year and they're still 50%+ above IPO level.

Instead of insulting Tesla they need to get out to Silicon Valley and tour the factory, see what they are really about. Educate themselves as to who Elon Musk is and what he's accomplished as a kid in South Africa (IBM software), Zip2, (PayPal), SpaceX and then open their mouths.

NorCal Tesla Driver | April 27, 2011

I don't see why we care what a bunch of dunces (or blokes, for our friends across the Atlantic) really think about anything progressive. The moment I get blowback from any of them I'm quick to remind them that this was the same group that promoted British Leland and the Maestro in the '80s has advanced technology.

If the world listened to them progress would never have taken place. Do what I do: tune them out.