Englishmen are pure entertainment. I love the way they say “naught” and “petrol” and pronounce every single letter in the word “aluminum”. I’d be a faithful viewer of “Random Yorkshire Residents Read The Phonebook” if they had such a program. Still, it’s even better when the show is about something interesting, like Top Gear.
Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson recently flogged two Tesla Roadsters to death while trying to test their limits. He set up a head-to-head with the Tesla and a Lotus Elise, and was initially impressed by the massive torque, and thus acceleration, of the Tesla’s electric motor. But in the end, after a thorough beat down, he decided the car just doesn’t perform well in the real world.
Near the end, he makes the point that after “Brad Cruise and Leonardo DeCloony” buy their cars and Tesla has gone through the first generation, the quality and reliability will increase. I absolutely agree and I think that’s more than just an offhand comment to make at the end of the segment, I think that’s a major point. These are first generation vehicles powered by cutting edge technology, they deserve a bit of slack. Continue reading to see the Stig’s track time with the Tesla and read the official Ridelust translation of the Morse code heard during the Stig’s run:
“Not bad for a motor that’s the size of a watermelon”
The Stig’s time: 1:27.2 on a moist track. That puts it between the Aston Martin DB9 and the Porsche 911 GT3 RS – that’s some high class company to keep. And as for the Morse code heard during the Stig’s run, it says “I like Gary Newman” and then “That pork tasted funny”. Strange, I always figured the Stig to be kosher.