The executive producer of the popular BBC car program, Top Gear, is firing back at Tesla Motors.
Andy Wilman dismissed the California battery car maker’s claims that Top Gear lied about the result of its test drive of the Tesla Roadster, a two-seat sports car that was profiled in a 2008 broadcast.
That program has been targeted by Tesla in a libel suit it has filed against the BBC and Top Gear in the British Courts. Tesla officials have launched an aggressive campaign to get their side of the story aired, Vice President Ricardo Reyes claiming the Top Gear program’s conclusion was “written before the cars were tested.”
Tesla leveled a number of charges against Top Gear, accusing it of lying about the need to charge the Roadster after just 55 miles, and for claiming, among other things, that the car’s brakes failed.
Initially, BBC officials declined to comment, but the flurry of coverage for the Tesla suit led Wilman to go public.