Top Gear Eco Challenge spoof – Click above to watch the video after the break

Facts are facts, right? When you're talking electric vehicles, a few salient details can completely make or break your experience with the machine; two of the most important being the time it takes to achieve a full charge and how much distance the car can go at a certain speed on that charge.

Of course, a creative person (or television series) can wreak havoc with such facts and do it all in the name of entertainment. Take, for instance, the review Top Gear made of the Tesla Roadster, the result of which – a not-really-dead dead battery and a push to the garage – led to a legal battle. And if that wasn't enough to get EV fans in a tizzy, we know that the TG crew has shot another electric vehicle spot that also ended up with pushing, presumably due to dead batteries. We're expecting controversy...

Whether more Top Gear reviews of electric cars are a good or bad thing depends largely on your point of view – do you trust a show like Top Gear enough that it would influence your purchasing decisions or do you merely watch to get a good laugh and witness automotive hijinks?

If the latter is true of you, we'd like to direct you to one particularly hilarious spoof of Jeremy Clarkson and James May, two of the three stars of the hit UK show. Two electric cars are put to the test (well, sort of... actually, not at all, but that's hardly the point) by two young Brits who have rather spot-on interpretations of their characters.

Keep in mind that the real version of the Top Gear episode in question is scheduled to air sometime on the BBC in the coming months, and we're really looking forward to it. In the meantime, kill 10 minutes of your life by watching the spoof video after the break, it's worth it.



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      Dusty Michael
      • 3 Years Ago
      What people need to understand is that Top Gear is more about the chemistry between the hosts than a real "car show." As much as I love TG, I've never taken any of their reviews too seriously and if ANYONE has, then we'd all be driving Astons and (despite how good the AB podcast hosts say they drive) be hating on Porsches because they are all uglier than Lady Gaga without makeup. As far as the show goes its great entertainment, but if you want any real insight into what cars would be right for you, you'd have better luck reading AutoBlog. (cough cough plug plug)
        Ducman69
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dusty Michael
        Autoblog isn't really a review resource either. And while you're absolutely right, and it is a very entertaining show, you won't believe how often I have to deal with people that refer to Top Gear episodes as the definitive automotive bible. The world was created in seven days and a Corvette has a suspension that's stiffer than a Lotus Exige because Jeremy Clarkson says so. So in that way, the show really can be damaging to the perception of EVs on a pretty large scale considering the size of their audience, much of whom really don't know cars at all and assume that Clarkson is honest.
      thestigwins
      • 3 Years Ago
      That was quite possibly the best spoof ever. It was very entertaining and the impression of Jeremy Clarkson was spot on. Encore!
      Autothoughts
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well done chaps! Better than Top Gear USA.
        Firefly
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Autothoughts
        ...a gunshot wound is better than Top Gear USA...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Autothoughts
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      • 3 Years Ago
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      ericburr4
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love Top Gear and find it very entertaining, but fair and unbiased it's not.
      david opanga
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow...i saw the whole thing, and i didn't feel like it was a waste of 10 minutes. WINNERS.!
      Osama bin Larry
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love Top Gear and have see just about every episode in the past 8 or 9 years and I can't say it has ever influenced any views I've had on ANY car.
      Todd Dunning
      • 3 Years Ago
      Be careful, though. One thing you can't spoof is people's religions.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Steffi Kunz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sexy looking/sounding XK at 6:34
      Jim
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yep, that was funny! Good job guys.
      Pat
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well done! This was hillarious! Kudos to these kids for this together!
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