• Mar 26, 2010
We realize that Americans have a bit of a reputation for blaming things on others and letting lawyers sort it out. But when it comes to the UK government, we're starting to think that any negative car-related finding will be blamed on Top Gear. A new governmental report called "Full Speed Ahead: Maintaining UK Excellence in Motorsport and Aerospace" was drafted to show that two of Britain's most lucrative industries are being sidelined by those in charge. Within that report, apparently, is the assertion that Top Gear has left the public with a bad taste concerning the environmental record of motorcars.

As reported by the Telegraph, "the committee blamed the ''Top Gear effect'' for associating high-performance cars and planes with irresponsible drivers." That means that not only is Top Gear at fault, but it now has a sickness named after it. Somewhere in the report (we're guessing, since we haven't read it), the dubious correlation is made between irresponsible drivers and a hatred of Earth.

We're sure that Top Gear is the most watched auto show around the world. It's a little more difficult to be sure that Clarkson, Hammond and May are keeping the non-petrolhead public (do non-petrolheads even watch Top Gear?) in the dark about the eco-mindedness of motorsports. Maybe auto racing just needs better PR...

[Source: Telegraph]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      How the UK blame Top Gear after they built the fantastic Hammerhead i Eagle Geoff Thrust?
      • 4 Years Ago
      What would Top Gear be blamed for next time? The war in iraq?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Top Gear is guilty of several things:

      It's male-oriented and slightly chauvinist. This is not a bad thing. No one says the Bachelor or The View or are anti-male - partly because no one cares.

      It's entertaining as hell.

      It's hilarious.

      Saying it's the reason that people think motor sports are bad for the environment is just stupid. Of course cars that use tons of gas driving in a circle are bad for the environment. So are non-motor sports where players are insanely pampered and fly to every game they go to.

      I would not mind seeing them do a bit more with cars that its viewership could afford, but I love the show enough that I changed my dish package in order to get the last two seasons.
      • 4 Years Ago
      To be fair, you can use motorsport as a platform for testing of more efficient technologies.

      The fuel injection system on every VW and Audi diesel sold today was tested on the Audi R10, for example.

      That said, I've fired up 1440 W worth of Sun workstations in honor of Earth Hour today. ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      And I blame the Telegraph for associating the environmental cause with spineless ninnies.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is silly, granted. But there's a bit of truth to this that we enthusiasts should be aware of. After all, many of us drive performance cars and the bad image that comes with them can be attributed to the irresponsible actions of others.

        Take for example, cars that have been lowered. The after-effect of the "tuner movement" has not been good. Most people think of spikey-haired d-bags in custom Civics sporting coffee-can mufflers when they think of modified cars. That association, along with "street racing" makes insurance companies and others frown on doing so now.

        So it's lame, yes, but not to be dismissed altogether.
      • 4 Years Ago
      TG is responsible for global warming and the JFK assassination !
      • 4 Years Ago
      But top gear has so little to do with actual commercial motorsports, aside from racing busses and airport equipment...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought our government was the only one that blamed eveything on somebody else (previous administration, the other party, the media etc), gotta love the Brits.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hahahahahah. That is awesome. There's nothing eco-friendly about motor sports, and proud of it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well Done TOP GEAR :DDD
      • 4 Years Ago
      The more environmentally "unfriendly" Top Gear is, the bigger a fan that I am of that show.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Doesn't Season 15 start in a couple of weeks? This has got me waiting.
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