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The Peel P50 headed back into production as the world’s smallest car

Posted by Andrey Malskiy Categories: Transportation, Videos,

In a world where bigger and better sells, a group of businessmen from England beg to differ. Though I wouldn’t mind a larger plasma TV or even a better car, these three dudes have a taste for nostalgia. They wanna Peel back the layers of time and undo the myth of bigger and better, well at least in personal transportation. 

Quite sometime ago, a mythical vehicle existed among the drivers across the pond. No, not the Mini Cooper or Reliant Robin (see the video after the jump for the scoop on that one), we're talking about the Peel P50. The Peel P50 is about the size of a shopping cart car you might see at your local grocery store. I’m sure the seating was spacious for a family of Smurfs, but a full-grown man? Not so much. But nevertheless, these three blokes insist that there is a market for such a 'car.'

For only a mere $10,772, along with a $1,546 deposit, the Peel P50 features include (or, are limited to) one seat, (yes - one seat), a 49cc motor, one gear, three wheels, your basic steering apparatus, and an exterior shell with some lights to protect you from the elements. However, upon purchase of the P50 drivers are subject to pranks (such as seen in the video below), laughter and humiliation from being passed by a Prius (that includes the Franken-Prius-Camper too.)

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Tesla Motors suing ‘Top Gear’ for libel

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Corporate News, Transportation,

Tesla suing top gear libel

Tesla Motors is suing the BBC show "Top Gear" for allegedly falsely representing the performance of one of its electric vehicles.

In a segment that aired three years ago, "Top Gear" showed a Tesla Roadster running out of electric charge during a race with the gas-powered Lotus Elise, a car that the Roadster is based on. Tesla claims that neither of the two cars it loaned to "Top Gear" for the segment dipped below 20 percent charge. The company contends there's no way the Roadster ran out of juice, and it wants the BBC to stop airing the segment.

"When 'Top Gear' reviewed the Tesla Roadster, the episode that aired contained lies and misinformation about the Roadster's performance, behavior, and reliability," Tesla said in a statement. "Tesla reluctantly took legal action after its repeated attempts to contact the BBC, over the course of months, were ignored."

A spokesperson for "Top Gear" defended the show's integrity. "We can confirm that we have received notification that Tesla have issued proceedings against the BBC. The BBC stands by the program and will be vigorously defending this claim."

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TV on DVD: September 28, 2010

Scrubs Season 9 DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Collection 5, Part 1)
  • The Cleveland Show (Season 1)
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Season 10)
  • Ellery Queen Mysteries (Complete Series)
  • Legend of the Seeker (Season 2)
  • The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries (Set 2)
  • Midsomer Murders (Set 16)
  • Paranormal State (Season 4)
  • Party Down (Season 2)
  • Rhoda (Volume 1)
  • Rich Man, Poor Man (TV Miniseries)
  • Scrubs (Season 9)
  • Top Gear (Season 13)

Make sure to also check out the DVD and Blu-ray film options for this week.

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TV on DVD: January 12, 2010

Here are some of the options available this Tuesday.

The Simpsons Season 20 DVD

  • 10 Things I Have About You (Season 1)
  • Becker (Season 3)
  • By the People: The Election of Barack Obama
  • ER (Season 12)
  • Fame (Season 2)
  • Jon & Kate Plus Eight (Season 5)
  • Kathy Griffin: She’ll Cut a Bitch
  • Make It or Break It (Extended Edition) (Season 1)
  • The New Adventure of Black Beauty (Season 1)
  • Robin Hood (Season 3)
  • Route 66 (Season 3)
  • The Simpsons (Season 20)
  • Top Gear (Seasons 11 & 12)
  • Transformers (25th Anniversary Edition) (Season 2, Vol. 2)
  • Tyler Perry’s House of Payne (Volume 5)

Make sure to also check out the DVD and Blu-ray film options for this week.

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This Week on TV (8/17-8/23)

Flipping Out

(To get a look at TV Envy’s 2009 Fall Programming Schedule, click here.)

 

MONDAY (8/17)
  • Top Gear (BBC, 8pm):  Season premiere. “The season opens on the Isle of Man, where the hosts tests the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, the BMW M6 and the Porsche 911 Carrera S.” They had me at “Isle of Man.”
  • Dating in the Dark (ABC, 9pm):  “Contestants search through their dates’ cars, hoping to find personality clues about one another.” Crushed Cheerios in the backseat or hair fibers in the trunk means it’s time to walk away.
  • Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Travel, 10pm):  “The host visits Bangkok to experience the local customs and cuisine.” One night in Bangkok and be full of oysters… (Sorry, couldn’t help it.)
  • Hoarders (A&E, 10pm):  Series premiere. “A series profiling people with compulsive-hoarding disorder. In the opener: a woman who hoards food in two freezers and four refrigerators.” She was just stocking up for the 2012 block party.

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Top Gear 10 DVD giveaway

Top Gear 10 GiveawayFor all you lovers of Top Gear, the fantastic BBC show that goes to the extreme with cars, we are giving away the new Top Gear Season 10 DVD set. If you haven’t seen Top Gear, you should, because it’s insane entertainment. How insane? How about driving through the Kalahari Desert in three 20 year old beaters? Or how about crossing the English Channel in a fleet of amphibious cars? See? Now you’re interested.

As with all our other , you need to be a Gear Live member located in the US. To enter, log in and leave a comment in this thread to something cool on the Internet involving cars. Funny YouTube videos, serious scientific articles, conspiracy theories, or whatever else. We will choose a random winner in a week.

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TV on DVD: April 21, 2009

Here are some of the options available this Tuesday.

Caprica

  • Air (Complete Series)
  • Caprica (Pilot)
  • Dallas (Season 11)
  • The FBI Files (Season 2)
  • Freakazoid! (Season 2)
  • Hawaii Five-O (Season 6)
  • iCarly (Season 1, Vol. 2)
  • Life of Ryan (Complete Series)
  • My Own Worst Enemy (Complete Series)
  • Rhoda (Season 1)
  • Squidbillies (Volume 2)
  • Tiny Toon Adventures (Season 1, Vol. 2)
  • Top Gear (Season 10)

Click here to see the DVD and Blu-ray film options for this week.

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This Week on TV (7/14-7/20)

Saving Grace

(You can view TV Envy’s Summer Television Programming Schedule here.)

 

MONDAY (7/14)
  • Top Gear (BBC, 8pm):  Season premiere. “A game of car soccer is played.” No wonder kids are too fat these days. They can’t even get out of their car to actually kick a ball!
  • American Gladiators (NBC, 8pm):  “In the ladies tilt, a student tries to make the grade against a future figure skater.” As we’ve learned from , figure skaters come with an unfair advantage.
  • The Closer (TNT, 9pm): Season 4 premiere. “Fritz and Brenda’s new duplex forbids the presence of pets, but that doesn’t stop Brenda from keeping Kitty on the premises.” If Kitty is the pet, what’s Fritz?
  • Saving Grace (TNT, 10pm):  Season 2 premiere. “Grace gets busy on her day off: She works to unlock the secrets of her her haunted past, but instead ends up apprehending a criminal on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.” And I’ll bet she doesn’t get paid for doing all that work on her own time.

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