On March 29, 2011, Tesla sued the BBC television program “Top Gear” for libel and malicious falsehood. Explaining the suit Tesla wrote “When Top Gear reviewed the Tesla Roadster, the episode that aired contained lies and misinformation about the Roadster’s performance, behavior, and reliability. Tesla reluctantly took legal action after its repeated attempts to contact the BBC, over the course of months, were ignored.”
If you happen to be unfamiliar with the television program, Top Gear is a British motoring show that has been on the air since 2002. Over the years, the show has seen several hosts with the most popular being the Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May trio. All three have now left Top Gear and started a competing motoring show on Amazon called The Grand Tour.
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— Torque News (@torquenewsauto) November 2, 2023
At the time of the lawsuit, Top Gear was the biggest automotive show in the world and had an audience of over a hundred million people around the globe. The unflattering portrayal of Tesla’s first car by the BBC had the potential to stop the small EV upstart in its tracks.
Since that lawsuit, Top Gear has mostly ignored Tesla despite the EV maker growing to dominate the automotive world. However, fast forward a decade, and last month the BBC released the first Tesla video sanctioned by the EV maker.
Tesla seems to have positively taken the review of the 200mph track pack Model S Plaid that the EV maker now appears to be working on an even bigger collaboration with Top Gear.
This collaboration is for none other than a review and a test drive of the yet-to-be-released Cybertruck. Top Gear has not yet posted the video of the Cybertruck review, however, individuals present during the Cybertruck filming at Hermosa Beach in California have shared some footage with us.
In the first video circulating online, we can see Jack Rix, host of the Top Gear YouTube channel driving a white interior Cybertruck. A person with a camera comes up to the Top Gear host and asks him “How do you know Elon Musk?”
Rix in response says, I don’t know Elon Musk, I’m doing a review of the Cybertruck. I work for Top Gear.” Rix then continues to drive off with the Cybertruck prototype.
The white interior Cybertruck prototype Rix is driving in California appears to be similar in design to the one Musk was spotted driving in at the F1 US Grand Prix in Austin Texas. The black and white contrast in the exposed stainless steel vehicle really works well and for the Cybertruck white interior, Tesla appears to have decided to leave the seats black but turn the dashboard white.
Last night Manhattan Beach Cybertruck sighting WAS a shoot….. but for Top Gear! Check the video below of some images a passer by got. https://t.co/yqqDJbTcxh pic.twitter.com/mqgzqujdwW
— Greggertruck (@greggertruck) November 3, 2023
In a second video posted online, we can see a bit more detail on the behind-the-scenes of Top Gear’s Cybertruck review as you can see from the video above two of Top Gear’s hosts Jack Rix and Tom Ford are seen discussing the Cybertruck as videographer tapes their conversation.
The two Top Gear hosts are also seen testing out the Cybertruck’s powered frunk and getting a sense of the frunk’s size by measuring it with their hands. Finally, we also see the Top Gear crew filming the inside of the Cybertuck.
The short video has not given up too much of what Top Gear has filmed however, it’s nonetheless exciting to see Tesla finally sharing the Cybertruck with automotive journalists.
The Top Gear video is most likely scheduled to be released at the same time as the Cybertruck delivery event on November 30. And if Tesla is letting Top Gear film a Cybertruck review, it appears that the EV maker has also allowed other outlets to do the same.
This means during the delivery event, not only will we get some of the final details of the Cybertruck but, we’ll also be treated to countless reviews that give us independent reactions from some of the most veteran automotive journalists in the world.
Currently, there’s still a lot we don’t know about the Cybertruck however, we’ll be sure to keep you posted when we get the final details of the all-electric truck. Until then, make sure to visit our site torquenews.com/Tesla regularly for the latest updates.
So what do you think? Excited to see Top Gear filming a review of the Tesla Cbyertruck? Do you think the outlet will give it fair coverage given its history with Tesla? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
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Tinsae Aregay has been following Tesla and The evolution of the EV space on a daily basis for several years. He covers everything about Tesla from the cars to Elon Musk, the energy business, and autonomy. Follow Tinsae on Twitter at @TinsaeAregay for daily Tesla news.