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James May reveals everything he hates about his Tesla Model S

Published: 27/Aug/2020 15:52 Updated: 2/Sep/2020 16:49

by Kieran Bicknell

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With a history of roasting other people’s cars, it seems James May has now turned the table on himself. Having owned his Tesla Model S 100D for a year now, James summed up all the things he hates about the car.

Tesla is often in the news about its questionable quality control process, autopilot issues, or stock prices. Usually, these stories are from news outlets or journalists who only live with the car for a short period of time, so it’s interesting to see what a long-term owner such as James thinks of the car.

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To start off with, James has trouble remembering the name of his own car. This sounds silly, but when you consider the full name is the ‘Tesla Model S 100D Long Range” it suddenly becomes a lot more understandable.

James May closing Tesla boot
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The alarm from the Tesla trunk closing is obscenely loud according to May.

Being frank and open from the outset, James is quick to say he does in fact “love” his Tesla, but he is “not a Tesla evangelist, or indeed an electric car evangelist” which also explains the Ferrari under the cover in the back of the video.

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, one of the first real issues with James’ Tesla is a technology problem. Despite being set up so that the pop-out door handles ‘present’ themselves automatically when he is nearby with the key, they still need to be manually activated to open.

Convenience also seems to be a big issue, as the Model S automatically turns itself off when James steps out of the car. Useful if you should genuinely forget to turn the car off, but if you need to exit the car to open a gate (as demonstrated by James) it is somewhat of a frustration.

There are also a few minor issues that become very annoying, very quickly for James. The automatic trunk closes with an unnecessarily loud beeping noise which “could wake 5 houses,” while the modernistic Tesla logo design is at odds with the ‘Model S’ and ‘P100D’ badges which James describes as being “from a spaghetti western.”

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Perhaps the thing that James hates the most about his Tesla is the “clonking” noise that comes from the rear suspension. It’s not just his car either, as he says it’s happened in every Model S he’s ever driven; There’s that famous Tesla quality control again!

Oh, and he doesn’t like that it’s dirty, but that’s not really Tesla’s fault, is it?

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Top Gear’s Chris Harris slams “stupid” $625k Ferrari SF90 Stradale

Published: 8/Oct/2020 14:56 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 14:57

by Kieran Bicknell

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As presenter of BBC’s Top Gear, Chris Harris is living out his boyhood dream. Inevitably, once in a while a supercar is going to come along that really gets his back up, and it seems the brand new Ferrari SF90 Stradale has done exactly that.

Harris hasn’t always been a household TV name. Prior to joining Top Gear in 2016, Harris presented his own series on YouTube, along with writing for the likes of Autocar and Evo magazine in England.

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After a famous falling-out with Ferrari back in 2011 (which saw him banned from reviewing their cars for two years) it seems Harris is still on good terms with the Italian brand, but that may be about to change.

Unfortunately for Ferrari, Chris Harris is definitely not a fan of the new SF90 Stradale hybrid, not even in the top-range ‘Assetto Fiorano’ trim. Costing a whopping $625,000 without options, the SF90 represents a new direction for Ferrari. Sadly, it seems that it’s not a good direction, at least according to Harris.

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Chris Harris with Ferrari SF90 Stradale Assetto Fiorano
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Harris was not a fan of Ferrari’s new flagship hybrid supercar, the SF90 Stradale.

Chris Harris reviews the Ferrari SF90 Stradale

He believes that supercar manufacturers are going down a “rabbit hole of performance,” chasing ever-decreasing 0-60 times and fighting for the fastest lap times possible. The SF90 seems to fall firmly into this category for Harris, and he wasted no time tearing into the apex supercar.

“The thing is undeniably impressive” he admitted when asked about his opinion on the car, but that’s about as much praise as he had. “It’s a vehicle you find yourself admiring rather than lusting after, it trades in applying forces to the body of the driver, that’s really it.”

The complexity of the SF90 is a big issue, as is the brutal performance. “It’s so fast, you don’t have time to understand what’s going on… it’s stupid” said Chris. He does admit that the characteristics of the car are “sensational” but they sadly don’t make up for its pitfalls.

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Practicality is a big concern too, as the location of the SF90’s electric motors in the front means that it can’t carry luggage. This transforms it from a car into a “toy” according to Harris, as there’s no practicality to it whatsoever.

The SF90 is “nearly as quick as a LaFerrari”

While Ferraris are often lauded as the prettiest cars on the road, even styling can’t save the SF90. In his words, Chris said “it looks like it was styled by a computer, rather than some Italian bloke with a pencil… It’s lacking emotion.”

Summing up, Chris says despite the fact the SF90 is “nearly as quick as a LaFerrari” its stablemate, the F8 Tributo, is far better.

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“Give me 500hp, 950kg, a manual gearbox, and maybe a little bit of electricity to get through town quietly and start-up quietly in front of my neighbors; Give me that, and that’s the car I want.”

Whether his harsh words will lead to another falling out with Ferrari is uncertain, but with many praising his honesty, it’s unlikely Harris is going to change any time soon.

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