Top Gear, Filming in Lincoln, England with 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Peugeot iOn. Reproduced with permission, The LincolniteEnlarge Photo
Uh-Ho. Despite being embroiled in a sordid libel court-case with californian electric car maker Tesla Motors for false representation of its $109,000 sexy all-electric sportscar. the BBC’s Top Gear program has just been spied in Lincoln, England - filming its latest electric car escapade.
The U.K.’s number one motoring entertainment program, Top Gear has a long standing reputation for onscreen shenanigans best suited to the locker room rather than a prime-time show. But over recent years it has increasingly irked electric car makers and fans alike with its biased and as Tesla claims, libelous treatment of electric cars.
Apparently legal action hasn’t dampened the BBC’s Top Gear production team enthusiasm for outrageous electric car stunts however. Messers Clarkson and May, two-thirds of the middle-aged presenters of the show were spotted in the small English city of Lincoln taking part in another electric car adventure public execution which resulted in them running out of charge.
Or at least, that’s what the photographs obtained from the local newspaper The Linconite suggest. The last time Top Gear was filmed pushing an electric car it turned out to be a stunt designed to illustrate what would happen if an electric car ran out of power.
Early reports suggest that the pair were racing each other across the U.K. in a 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Peugeot iOn (sold in the U.S. as the 2012 Mitsubishi ‘i’), and had stopped in the ancient city to get find somewhere to charge their cars.
A Youtube video quickly surfaced showing the pair being filmed pushing the 2011 Nissan Leaf into place with the aid of local University students, after a planned attempt to charge at the local Marina failed. Clarkson can be seen clearly repeating a line, indicating that just like the Tesla fiasco, running out of charge was staged.
Nissan Europe and Peugeot have yet to comment on the reported filming, which is supposed to be part of Top Gear’s 17th season, due to air in the U.K. next month.
For now we can only speculate what gems the episode will contain, but it appears that just like small children, Top Gear's production crew find the same joke funny again and again.
[The Lincolnite, photos used with permission.]