Tesla Motors has lost a major part of its high court libel claim against BBC's Top Gear after a 2008 track test supposedly provided false information about the Tesla Roadster.
Ruling at the high court in London on Wednesday, Judge Justice Tugendhat said that no Top Gear viewer would have reasonably compared the car's performance on the show's airfield track to its likely performance on a public road.
Tesla may have lost a battle, but the war isn't over yet and the electric car maker can still hope for victory.
The hearing continues on other grounds, including Tesla's claim that the Top Gear presenters maliciously made five other false statements about the Roadster using "staged" footage.
Source: The Guardian