Tesla's libel suit against Top Gear was dealt a crushing blow with London's court ruling that no Top Gear viewer would have reasonably assumed the Tesla Roadster's on-track performance on the show relates to its real-world capabilities.

As you might recall, Top Gear's review of the Roadster concluded by claiming that, "In the real world, it doesn't seem to work" (watch it here). But that's just Top Gear being, well, Top Gear, implies Justice Tugendhat:
In my judgment, the words complained of are wholly incapable of conveying any meaning at all to the effect that the claimant misled anyone. This is because the contrast between the style of driving and the nature of the track as compared with the conditions on a public road are so great that no reasonable person could understand that the performance on the track is capable of a direct comparison with a public road.
The ruling was handed down verbally by Justice Tugendhat before lunch on Wednesday, October 19th. The Tesla versus Top Gear trial will continue as the automaker is suing BBC for five malicious statements made during the Top Gear's 2008 review of the electric Roadster. Tugendhat is expected to return a complete verdict within weeks.


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      dinobot666
      • 3 Years Ago
      How stupid is Elon Musk? He didn't ever watch the show before sending them two of his overpriced electric cars that aren't even being sold anymore? He doesn't know how much Clarkson and company detest electric cars. If people aren't buying your product Elon, it's because it isn't as good as you think it is, and you are asking way too much money for an Elise with an electric motor crammed into it.
      amavel
      • 3 Years Ago
      Tesla is stepping on their own dork. The negative publicity of fighting the world's most popular show could bury them. Their product is fantastic with limitations. I expect that the cars and batteries will get better and better; and the prices, lower and lower. Tesla should concentrate on their product. Publicity will write itself.
      sparrk
      • 3 Years Ago
      Censorship may be a common thing on US television, but they can't expect the same in Europe. Musk should STFU and be careful next time he sends a car to a COMEDY show.
      NipponEngine
      • 3 Years Ago
      totally overestimating the viewing public's common sense
      Haddock
      • 3 Years Ago
      TESLA - Total Extortionists Selling Losing Autocr.p
      wrxfrk16
      • 3 Years Ago
      They really tried to sue over that? After two of their cars failed to meet expectations, they have the gall to sue TG over it, especially seeing as it was Clarkson driving it. The same guy who substituted a Yugo for the new Bentley Mulsanne after Bentley pulled the vehicle from a shoot.
        Grendal
        • 3 Years Ago
        @wrxfrk16
        The BBC admitted that TG staged what was seen in the show. The batteries didn't run out. This ruling doesn't say that Top Gear was right just that it's an entertainment show so no one would possibly think what they saw was real. You're proving that judge was wrong because YOU believe it was real. And they just did it again with the Nissan Leaf. They drained the batteries, on purpose, so they could stage the batteries running out.
      ACURA23CL
      • 3 Years Ago
      "We keep it 'one-hunnit'. If you can't handle the truth, keep your cars off our show." - Top Gear
      benplhrs743
      • 3 Years Ago
      i love tg its the reason I love a car i can never own(BMW). oh well ..tesla can get lost bunch of whiners
      rrss2lwb
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jeremy Clakeson's idea of a real world driver is to take a Bentley and do donuts in it for about 20 minutes with the engine red lined until the tyre heats up so much that it blows the tread off of the carcass of the tyre. NO ONE would do this in the real world. GET REAL Tesla. Not only that, you need to make a car that someone can actually get into. The cockpit is too small for a real world car.
      marcosc
      • 3 Years Ago
      Top Gear is not a credible source of automotive information. It's simply a comedy show poking fun at people and cars. Tesla should take Top Gear opinions with a sense of humor because in the end, Top Gear is typical British eccentric humor at it's best. Top Gear is 99% three stooges and 1% automotive miss information.
        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        @marcosc
        Evidently Tesla thought otherwise, otherwise they wouldn't have attempted to plaintiff a libel case through the courts.
        TexRob
        • 3 Years Ago
        @marcosc
        I bet you think the Daily Show has no influence in the political world too? Guess what, make news palatable and it's still news.
        Peter T
        • 3 Years Ago
        @marcosc
        really??? so you're saying the information they give such as the history and specs they give of each are isn't credible? i think what you're referring to is the just the bias the 3 stooges have on the show.
        Grendal
        • 3 Years Ago
        @marcosc
        Look at the number of people in this comment section who bought into the Top Gear lie. It's the very point Musk is suing about. A good number of people think what they saw was true and not comedy. The judge ruled that NO ONE could possibly believe what they saw was true. Well, the commenters here prove him wrong. Top Gear is a lot of fun and they really don't have to lie to create a great show.
      MotionDesigner
      • 3 Years Ago
      If that was the judge's only reasoning for his ruling, it seems to me he's biased towards the English produced show.
        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MotionDesigner
        I knew some plonker would say something like this and bring jingoism into it. It's a libel case, and under English law, libel is extraordinarily difficult to prove if the alleged slander isn't in some adamantine written or signed form. As such, precious few libel cases are ever successful outside of newspapers and periodicals. As a business professional, the reason the judge gave seems pretty conclusive to me. The case should never have gone to court.
          MotionDesigner
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          I knew some troll would reply with a condescending remark just because he doesn't agree with my comment. aatbloke1967, did I attack you in any way, shape or form? Would it have been so hard for you to reply without trying to be insulting? People like you are the problem with internet threads. You simply can't disagree with someone else without having to be a troll about it.
          MotionDesigner
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          WillieD it's not about whether I'm right or wrong. It's about people's attitudes when conversing on message boards like this. There's no need to have to act like a snobby little c**t in order to disagree with someone else's opinion. Unfortunately, people don't get that. That's all I'm trying to say.
          MotionDesigner
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          aatbloke1967, you sound like an angry little troll who's compensating for something.
          MotionDesigner
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          So you didn't agree with my initial comment... and that makes you so angry why? You have your panties twisted in a bunch for nothing. Get a life dude. Seriously. And please don't talk about how the "real world works". I'm pretty sure in the real world you wouldn't stick your snobby little face up to everyone you didn't agree with and act like a complete c*nt. You'd probably get punched in the head for that in the "real world". But this is the internet, where 44 year old loser idiots like you get to flex your muscles and talk s**t to people! Look at you go! You're pathetic.
          aatbloke1967
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          "aatbloke1967, you sound like an angry little troll who's compensating for something." Only a teenager from an uneducated background would use the word "troll" and seriously think that a Queens' Counsel judge would make a nationalistic decision in a high-profile libel case. You're an idiot.
          aatbloke1967
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          "I don't have a problem with people who know what they're talking about. I do have a problem with people with overinflated egos who think the only way to disagree with someone is to act like a pompous prick (you). You sound like some finishing school mommy's boy who was raised with a silver spoon up his ass. If your only retort is to tell me your credentials and your occupation, that shows just how arrogant and snobbish you really are. And don't give me that "I'll say my piece wherever and whenever" BS. If you go around trying to insult people unprovoked (such as in this case) in real life, you're sure to get a well-deserved bitch slap right across your weasley little face. I can almost guarantee that. Actually, you should go out and try that. I'd love to see the results :D" Good grief, you really are seriously intimidated given your propensity for name-calling. Given your relentless slander coupled with the fact that you think a QC would make a ruling based on nationalism in a high-profile libel case of all things, I'd say you have far, far more problems than people with "over-inflated egos". Some form of anger management might help you? "But whatever, as with people typical of your type on the internet, you're desperate to win online arguments because your real life is obviously very sad." Yet another wild hairbrained claim with absolutely no thought let alone foundation. Seriously, you should think about some SSRIs or at least uprating your dosage.
          MotionDesigner
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          I don't have a problem with people who know what they're talking about. I do have a problem with people with overinflated egos who think the only way to disagree with someone is to act like a pompous prick (you). You sound like some finishing school mommy's boy who was raised with a silver spoon up his ass. If your only retort is to tell me your credentials and your occupation, that shows just how arrogant and snobbish you really are. And don't give me that "I'll say my piece wherever and whenever" BS. If you go around trying to insult people unprovoked (such as in this case) in real life, you're sure to get a well-deserved bitch slap right across your weasley little face. I can almost guarantee that. Actually, you should go out and try that. I'd love to see the results :D But whatever, as with people typical of your type on the internet, you're desperate to win online arguments because your real life is obviously very sad.
      Alberto J. Leal
      • 3 Years Ago
      Tesla must be looking for money. Idiots.
        ratpack
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alberto J. Leal
        tbh that's just publicity stunt... (bit like that TG vs Mastretta case)
          WillieD
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ratpack
          @sparrk That was a necessary move by Ford. If they didn't bring up a lawsuit, they could lose control over the F-150 nameplate and others would start using it.
          sparrk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ratpack
          or like Ford vs Ferrari with the whole "people confusing an F1 car with a truck because they both have F150 in their name" thing.
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