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James May explains the “massive problem” with electric cars

Published: 7/Mar/2020 14:27 Updated: 9/Mar/2020 10:47

by Jacob Hale

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Former Top Gear star James May has explained that electric cars still have one “massive problem” stopping him from being fully invested in the technological advancement.

May, alongside former Top Gear co-hosts Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond, currently presents Amazon’s The Grand Tour, which follows in a similar vein to Top Gear and its focus on cars, with information and entertainment flowing freely throughout.

With the recent rise in electric vehicles – particularly from the likes of Elon Musk’s Tesla – you would imagine he has a lot of experience with them, so his opinion is definitely one to listen to. And he thinks there is one major problem with electric cars that is holding them back despite the fact he owns a few.

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The Grand Tour reunited the former Top Gear presenters once more.

In a video uploaded on March 7, DRIVETRIBE are trying to convince May that he should buy a Mini Electric, MINI’s first venture into what he calls “the electric future.”

Saying that he already owns an electric car, and has owned others in the past, he still has his concerns. “I just think that, despite being an advocate of the electric future, I think electric cars are heading for a massive problem.”

Expanding on why he believes this to be so, May says: “Whichever way you cut it, the problem is still the batteries. They’re a lot better than they were… but it’s still not good enough, [because] they’re too heavy, the range isn’t big enough and they take too long to charge.”

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May later explains that his Tesla is “the longest range money can buy,” but if you’re traveling a lot like he has to sometimes, and start basing your travel around where you can charge, you might end up spending more time driving just to stay on top of it.

His final, resounding analysis is a simple one: “Until electric cars can charge in a few minutes, we’re going to be a bit shafted,” comparing electric vehicles to a “fantastic club” and that if lots of people start buying them, “we’re going to have huge problems.”

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Matt LeBlanc’s classic car collection is nothing short of extraordinary

Published: 26/Nov/2020 13:52

by Kieran Bicknell

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While many were surprised to see Friends star and sitcom actor Matt LeBlanc as one of the hosts for BBC’s Top Gear for a stint, it turns out LeBlanc is in fact a massive petrolhead, and has a collection of classic cars that is the stuff of dreams.

Anyone that has watched Friends knows the scene where Matt’s character Joey pretends to own a Porsche. Well, it turns out that there’s a degree of truth in that scene — LeBlanc is a massive fan of the Porsche brand, and has a number of their cars in his fleet.

Unlike most celebrity car collections, however, Matt’s is a lot more classic-oriented than most. From early air-cooled Porsches to unusual Jeeps, he has a classic for almost any occasion, as well as a number of cutting-edge supercars for good measure.

Porsche GT2 RS on track
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Matt’s fastest car is his Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

Matt LeBlanc’s incredible Porsche collection

Porsche clearly hold a special place in Matt’s heart. From the air-cooled ‘widowmaker’ 930 911 Turbo to the cutting-edge 911 GT2 RS, his collection spans a number of decades and styles.

There is a noticeable bias towards the classics here, too. Prior to the 996-era of 911 launching in 1997, Porsche’s engines were mostly air-cooled, and this is where most of Matt’s collection is focused. While there are no doubt some hidden gems that are kept away from public eyes, we do know he owns the following:

  • 2012 911 Carrera GTS
  • 1988 964 (911) Carrera
  • 1987 930 (911) Turbo
  • 2014 911 Turbo S
  • 2016 911 R
  • 2017 911 GT2 RS

Despite his love for Porsche, there’s one he’d never buy: A 914. In an interview with Men’s Journal, he said “I’m not a fan of the 914, though I know there are some die-hard fans out there. I’ll get letters about that.”

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As a well-known car enthusiast, Top Gear was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for LeBlanc.

Matt LeBlanc’s exotic cars

While his biggest love is Porsche, Matt also enjoys dabbling in other brands of four-wheeled transport too.

Satisfying his ‘hot hatch’ requirements is his Ford Focus RS, an all-wheel-drive hatchback complete with ‘drift’ button. He also has a classic American muscle car in the form of a De Tomaso Pantera, complete with its room-shaking V8 engine.

Good friend and previous co-host Chris Harris also revealed that Matt has bought himself a Ferrari Testarossa, which will sit nicely alongside his Pantera, and his other Ferraris — a 360 Modena and 458 Italia.

Perhaps the most unusual car in his collection is a Fiat X1/9. This diminutive, rear-engined Italian sports car must’ve struck a chord with LeBlanc, as it’s totally different from anything else in his collection.


With its mix of iconic classics and modern supercars, Matt’s collection is enviable – just don’t tell him you’re a fan of the Porsche 914, whatever you do.