They gave it a good shot by putting it up against the 134 HP car with a top speed of 128 mph (after all most of the viewing public is not going to know about some limited anniversary low HP version of the car not available in the US and just assume it's the supercharged version like is sold here now) rather than putting up against an S240 with sticky rubber, big brakes, and better suspension and downforce.
Most of the viewing public is not in the US.
Cody and I might run laps around our local track and be within a second of each other either way. He might run a second better than me on some laps and I might run a second better than him on some laps. I do not think it's of huge significance considering the target market of the Tesla.
What other all electric cars have matched the lap time of a GT3 on Top Gear? What? None? I'm not going to run out and buy a Tesla, but neither am I going to jump on the "OMG the Tesla sucks" bandwagon.
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