Is this electric MG the PERFECT car for James May?

17 jan 2021
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James May has been outspoken about how he wants to move on from classic car motoring, instead vouching for electric or hydrogen modes of transport. Mike Fernie has decided to provide a happy medium, to see if he can convince May to at least have some classic motoring in his life. Enter the RBW EV Roadster!
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  • .. design is a beauty .. the problem is it's .. electric .. >) .. U shouldn't 'electriffy' all the classics .. .. think sth like PontiacFiero (little 'DeLorean') .. nice futuristic at that time design ..and bad engine U can replace without Ur heart hurt .... .. and for less than this price U can have the hottest possible Shelby Cobra replica .. that roars properly .. >) ..

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  • What is the original car rwb

    goowgost romerogoowgost romero2 dögum síðan
  • Am i the only one who laughed my lungs out when James used the classic "wooowww"

    Mike van GinkelMike van Ginkel2 dögum síðan
  • At 7:00 did the bus driver opened the window enthusiastically and said hollow to May but the editor cut it off 😂😅

    khulani Luyanda mthabelakhulani Luyanda mthabela2 dögum síðan
  • I think they messed up on the interior. the gauge cluster shouldn't be digital, I feel it would look a lot better as it was back in the day.

    Ryan McCafferyRyan McCaffery3 dögum síðan
  • "It's electric, nothing to go wrong" Laughs in literally most electrical cars of today

    TheMarineGamer IGGHQTheMarineGamer IGGHQ3 dögum síðan
  • There is a place in life for old cars, it's called a scrap yard.

    Andy SmytheAndy Smythe3 dögum síðan
  • 160 miles range is plenty and 80 mph? If this is a Tesla M3 battery /drive train that's pretty poor. Where did the extra 100 miles range and almost double the speed when in a M3?

    David MilnerDavid Milner3 dögum síðan
  • Clarkson was right about electric cars and James may.

    John SharpJohn Sharp3 dögum síðan
  • A noiseless Mg Milk float ..How appealing ..Parts and Labour combined it costs almost $16000 to replace a Tesla Model 3 Battery Pack and the batteries can last from 10 to 20 years so I'm guessing the value of an 8 year old Tesla which could have only 2 years left in the battery pack before replacement will be substantially reduced..You don't have the same issues with a petrol vehicle and you don't have to wait around for it to charge,you can get in and use it at anytime

    69 440 Charger69 440 Charger4 dögum síðan
  • Aaaand on that bombshell...its time to end...thank you so much for watching....gggggoooodnigghhttttt.!!!!

    Jason MellinshipJason Mellinship5 dögum síðan
  • electric MG, or "hey, let's refresh Mona Lisa by using some acrylic paint".

    Toto AbicycletteToto Abicyclette7 dögum síðan
  • I wonder what the bus driver said.

    Phil FosterPhil Foster7 dögum síðan
  • 5:04 Has James left the Handbrake on or does it not matter?

    Mike MacMike Mac7 dögum síðan
  • A electric MG hate it the whole point of these cars is the noise the engine makes the exhaust, etc. HATE IT they removed it's soul.

    Z PunterZ Punter8 dögum síðan
  • 7:21 That's a Nissan Figaro!

    Melchor Vincent AgotMelchor Vincent Agot8 dögum síðan
  • My dad used to point out all of the places around Dallas, where his MGB broke down, or lost essential parts. Going to Six Flags Arlington? “Lost the driveshaft on the freeway off ramp.” Going to college in Denton? “That’s where I was driving on the freeway and my last visor clip snapped and the whole roof blew off!” Going past Addison airport? “That’s where the wiring short circuited, and started a fire under the dashboard while I was driving. The Addison tower thought a small plan had crashed because I was near the north edge of the runway.” It was amazing how unreliable that thing was!!!

    ChadimousChadimous9 dögum síðan
  • Electric is all fine and dandy in a perfect world. We don't live in a perfect world unless we are incredibly well off and our circumstances align with the product. Still, lovely looking car and looks very well built.

    Cheryl ColdCheryl Cold9 dögum síðan
  • Do you remember Mr May, foretelling the early demise of electric cars with your colleagues on Top Gear? Oh the irony

    emotioneeringemotioneering10 dögum síðan
  • Dacia Sandero

    Contsruction WorkerContsruction Worker10 dögum síðan
  • Vând golf 4

    Gabi BondreGabi Bondre11 dögum síðan
  • £90 grand!!! £NINETY feckin grand 😆😆😆😆😆😆😆

    EtonieEEtonieE11 dögum síðan
  • Yeah, but what did the bus driver say? And, why was that bit removed with all the subtlety of a chainsaw massacre.

    Greg HiltonGreg Hilton12 dögum síðan
  • Not gonna lie if I had that kind of money I'd buy it.

    T Marsh-ConnorsT Marsh-Connors13 dögum síðan
  • 90 grand and it rides like a porpoise. If May wants to be all modern, why does he dress like me Ma?

    alliwantedwasapepsialliwantedwasapepsi13 dögum síðan
  • Nononono, the only reason I would buy an MG would be for that exhaust note!

    Boosted LSSBoosted LSS14 dögum síðan
  • What a improvement 😂 and only 90k starting price definitely for people than want to be noticed looks as dead as modern cars put a 4.6 V8 tuned lump in for a fraction of the price and keep the history going

    Steve LovegroveSteve Lovegrove14 dögum síðan
  • I would love to have a classic looking car with an electric interior with some modern bells and whistles.

    Alex WalkerAlex Walker14 dögum síðan
  • James goes into bunker: Can I have a bag of crisps?

    Hamzah FazluddinHamzah Fazluddin14 dögum síðan
  • or u can use the 90 grand and give it a k swap?

    R33FL1XR33FL1X14 dögum síðan
  • According to Cambridge University Emeritus Professor of Technology Michael Kelly, replacing all the United Kingdom’s vehicles with next-generation EVs would require more than half the world’s annual production of copper; twice its annual cobalt; three quarters of its yearly lithium carbonate output; and nearly its entire annual production of neodymium. The Rare Metals War: the dark side of clean energy and digital technologies’ by Guillaume Pitron It may interest you to read 'The Rare Metals War: the dark side of clean energy and digital technologies’ by Guillaume Pitron before Jaguar go down the very expensive and potentially more environmentally damaging route of all electric cars. In essence, the very rare metals these cars need are mined in third world countries with appalling conditions for their work force. They require significant quantities of rock to be extracted to get the minute quantities of metal that will e extracted per tonne. They are very polluting to extract and then there is the loss of land scape, food production land and habitat . Then there is the re-cycling at the end of the life, or the lack there of. Scientists say we will be lucky if we can re-cycle just 10% of the rare metals used in these battery powered vehicles. This is a huge folly and part of an accepted narrative that needs to be challenged.

    denzel270denzel27014 dögum síðan
  • Pointless

    Steve HazeltonSteve Hazelton15 dögum síðan
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    Jonki PastramkiJonki Pastramki15 dögum síðan
  • Sorry, but it has no soul...

    Sam SambrookSam Sambrook16 dögum síðan
  • He's right about windows down He's very wrong when he says the sound of the MGB engine was annoying - no, it was musical. Four cylinder musical. He's just a 12 cylinder snob. ;-)

    Bobby GalvezBobby Galvez16 dögum síðan
  • Hate electric classics. In fact, I hate electric cars altogether. Why am I even here? Bye!👋🏼

    Qasim MirQasim Mir17 dögum síðan
  • You could buy a new tesla and a properly sorted real MGB for that money.

    doyle201206doyle20120617 dögum síðan
  • Does James live in a cycle repair shop? 90 grand?!!!! It would be expensive at half the price.

    Mandalorian JediMandalorian Jedi17 dögum síðan
  • I just can't bring myself to drive an upholstered milk float, whatever the price.

    James KrellJames Krell17 dögum síðan
  • Wouldn't the battery last longer if it didn't have two tv screens to power at full brightness ?

    Joshua GrahamJoshua Graham17 dögum síðan
  • disappointed it's not a bit quicker - I'd want to dust 911s with it. But it's still beautiful.

    wafflesnfalafel1wafflesnfalafel117 dögum síðan
  • 90 grand for 9 seconds to 60... pathetic

    o0julek0oo0julek0o17 dögum síðan
  • COCC

    Giedrius MalikėnasGiedrius Malikėnas18 dögum síðan
  • Can we call it the MG-E? (Instead of MGB?)

    frankgile1996frankgile199618 dögum síðan
  • Sacrilege

    Andrew WalkerAndrew Walker18 dögum síðan
  • £90,000 yeah right

    Paul NutterPaul Nutter18 dögum síðan
  • Love it....

    John KirkeJohn Kirke19 dögum síðan
  • I can understand why May doesn't like to drive classic cars. European classic cars are wretched things. They look very nice but once you have to live in them, you have hate buried down deep. The love+hate makes it worse. When I drive my 67 mustang, there is no hate, at all. Never broke down, all original and not a thing needs mending.

    logmeindoglogmeindog19 dögum síðan
  • 90k for a bad electric car with a body based on a mediocre car that’s extremely common? They expect to sell this thing?

    OsamaIs MyMamaOsamaIs MyMama19 dögum síðan
  • I once drive a Daytona, back in 1980, and it was a tractor. Awful. Funny that May says classic cars show an inability to move on.....he should look in the mirror. He dresses like Wurzel Gummage.

    Eleven : ElevenEleven : Eleven21 degi síðan síðan
  • When can we expect the premier of James and Jeremys; the speed of birds?

    tyler zesigertyler zesiger21 degi síðan síðan
  • I think it's cool to have something like that.

    AlAl22 dögum síðan
  • Wooooooooow

    Anna FerraraAnna Ferrara23 dögum síðan
  • I say Noooo

    ev andersenev andersen23 dögum síðan
  • James says you Must buy electric

    ev andersenev andersen23 dögum síðan
  • James is used to electric vibration

    On JogOn Jog25 dögum síðan
  • Not Rothmans,Piccadilly.

    Carmen LottnerCarmen Lottner26 dögum síðan
  • It's electric. nothing really to break down. Ehm, the statistics of reliability for tesla cars would beg the differ.

    LednacekZLednacekZ26 dögum síðan
  • more or less maintainence?

    RichieRichie26 dögum síðan
  • I agree with James. Restoring and maintaining old classics require a lot of money, time and patience, especially finding rare parts. Unless you're Richard Branson or Jay Leno with a team of mechanics and fully equipt garage, it makes sense to buy an electric powered replica. I'm waiting for the Ford Capri electric version.

    Rex RampageRex Rampage27 dögum síðan
  • The silent epic drive is better than movies

    Emanuel MuresanEmanuel Muresan27 dögum síðan
  • Got nothing against electric cars per se but 90K! thanks but no thanks.I will jog on

    Taffy7hfaTaffy7hfa27 dögum síðan
  • 90 G for a car with huge battery thrown in the hood....Nope.....That's not how to do it. I would pay 30 G for this.

    Hero007izationHero007ization28 dögum síðan
  • This channel is like donut media but on low budget

    Ł DŁ D28 dögum síðan
  • why did anybody in the UK ever decide to have an open-top car

    K Mac PK Mac P28 dögum síðan
  • No sound, no passion just sterile and boring!

    David HobbsDavid Hobbs29 dögum síðan
  • I think it's great can't stand the lcd dashboard display though, makes the whole interior look like a steampunk vape mod.

    Jack CormanJack Corman29 dögum síðan
    • I think it’d be much nicer if the government wasn’t forcing us to make the cars we don’t want to scrap electric... I’ve got a lotus cortina and no way am I taking the soul from the car and making it electric the lotus twin cam is the car it’s the heart of a classic car for enthusiasts for normal people it’s the looks I say normal because most of us classic car owners are absolutely mental 🤣🤣 just do silly stuff

      Cameron RichardsonCameron Richardson9 dögum síðan
    • would look so much better if it was still analog

      Victor PopovVictor Popov16 dögum síðan
  • That cut when the bus driver started to talk to him.

    Sebastian SellersSebastian Sellers29 dögum síðan
  • How to destroy a car. Make it electric

    Obi-Wan KenobiObi-Wan Kenobi29 dögum síðan
  • You should check out the electric Fiat spider, it’s pretty cool.

    Michael DavisMichael Davis29 dögum síðan
  • What most people like about classic cars is the way they look, yes, and the way they sound - and potentially the lack of electronic interference. I can understand modernising to improve day to day aspects, and I'm not too concerned about the don't drive it investment market. But, whilst there may be Mayists who want a classic look with information age DNA its a mistake to assume some people don't enjoy a time when you needed to do more than push a button. Few modern cars look great and I suspect most won't age that well. I'd prefer the same car with a better sorted version of the driveline it had originally, if I was going to do that sort of thing.

    ChappoChappoMánuði síðan
  • Loose the lad in the cap James is well capable of carrying this video on his own read more 👉 #clickreadmore

    EllieEllieMánuði síðan
  • I'd love to be involved in projects like this. Get these old beautiful cars like old chevy bel air and make it an electric monster that will blow the doors off anything and look incredible doing it.

    JensenDKMGJensenDKMGMánuði síðan
  • Or gor to e-type fab just south of Newcastle. They take old e-types and restore them to modern spec, with new parts they manufacture them selves.

    Stephen TurveyStephen TurveyMánuði síðan
  • A travesty!! It's like a perfectly beautiful girl filling her face with Botox and paying £90k to look an awkward mess. Mr May you are wrong.

    Saint EtienneSaint EtienneMánuði síðan
  • The harmonious bladder univariably correct because dedication multivariably communicate aboard a deeply microwave. unable, comfortable religion

    Hulda LucienHulda LucienMánuði síðan
  • No replacement for displacement, sorry.

    4R4RMánuði síðan
  • Electric 180 miles range vs diesel 800 mile range. Electric is a long way off.

    steve prenticesteve prenticeMánuði síðan
  • 90 grand. Nuts.

    John OliveJohn OliveMánuði síðan
  • For an old MG, yes. But an e-type? No, not in a million years. An e-type deserves to have a straight six. Besides, you can modernize old gas cars too to make them run brilliantly too. They don't HAVE to be electric to be usable.

    Insane-RandomnessInsane-RandomnessMánuði síðan
  • Going from a CB400SF to an Xmax 300 was so much nicer and more relaxing... quietness in motoring is NICE

    Rasputin VarezRasputin VarezMánuði síðan
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    Noor FahadNoor FahadMánuði síðan
  • Cool. Not 90K cool, though.

    ComandanteJComandanteJMánuði síðan
  • My Amazon bought in 1964 been in the family for 57 years never broken down ones

    Bradley KnoxBradley KnoxMánuði síðan
  • kinda defeats the purpose of an MG

    RyanRyanMánuði síðan
  • 90k for a squeaky door? I've got 8 for sale.

    boyoboyoMánuði síðan
  • I love the looks of classic cars, but I will not drive them because of their abysmal safety compared to modern cars.

    Tokiomi TohsakaTokiomi TohsakaMánuði síðan
  • Electric's the way to go. The MGB is a beautiful car. SR+ is a lot cheaper however.

    C BromleyC BromleyMánuði síðan
  • TL:DW. No. No it isn't.

    OP_ SnoozeOP_ SnoozeMánuði síðan
  • 90k's and bonnet isn't even with the rest...Mkay.

    Adam IsailovicAdam IsailovicMánuði síðan
  • I was hoping it would have the tesla motor and battery, and james was on the eco mode. Then he brought it back to the shop, and they turned on insane mode for him "I got that fizzy feeling from an MGB" lol

    TheOriginalItchymanTheOriginalItchymanMánuði síðan
  • I like the other MG in the garage even more than the MG B. It's the Moto Guzzi V11 Sport. :)

    MetalMorrisMetalMorrisMánuði síðan
  • 90k for that? No thanks

    inSAYninSAYnMánuði síðan
  • Why can’t he say “because”

    WatchitwithandrewWatchitwithandrewMánuði síðan
  • oh that is lovely

    sailingmastersailingmasterMánuði síðan
  • James May telling the truth about engine 'noise'

    Andi McGawAndi McGawMánuði síðan
  • Imagine your car broke down and james may in an electric MG drives by, roasting you on camera

    Pr00chPr00chMánuði síðan
  • Nothing to go wrong with an electric car made in the UK. ROFLMAO. Let's hope Lucas isn't involved.

    Madd PeanutMadd PeanutMánuði síðan
  • What's the point , you get an old car for its simplicity and quirks, might as well just get a nissan leaf if you want a boring car like this.

    Super_SlavSuper_SlavMánuði síðan
  • Where do I order one?

    Danny FalconDanny FalconMánuði síðan