Is this electric MG the PERFECT car for James May?


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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  • Toto Abicyclette
    Toto AbicycletteDag siden

    electric MG, or "hey, let's refresh Mona Lisa by using some acrylic paint".

  • Phil Foster
    Phil FosterDag siden

    I wonder what the bus driver said.

  • Mike Mac
    Mike MacDag siden

    5:04 Has James left the Handbrake on or does it not matter?

  • Z Punter
    Z Punter2 dager siden

    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.

  • Melchor Vincent Agot
    Melchor Vincent Agot2 dager siden

    7:21 That's a Nissan Figaro!

  • Chadimous
    Chadimous3 dager siden

    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!!!

  • Cheryl Cold
    Cheryl Cold3 dager siden

    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.

  • emotioneering
    emotioneering4 dager siden

    Do you remember Mr May, foretelling the early demise of electric cars with your colleagues on Top Gear? Oh the irony

  • Contsruction Worker
    Contsruction Worker4 dager siden

    Dacia Sandero

  • Gabi Bondre
    Gabi Bondre5 dager siden

    Vând golf 4

  • EtonieE
    EtonieE5 dager siden

    £90 grand!!! £NINETY feckin grand 😆😆😆😆😆😆😆

  • Greg Hilton
    Greg Hilton6 dager siden

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

  • T Marsh-Connors
    T Marsh-Connors7 dager siden

    Not gonna lie if I had that kind of money I'd buy it.

  • alliwantedwasapepsi
    alliwantedwasapepsi7 dager siden

    90 grand and it rides like a porpoise. If May wants to be all modern, why does he dress like me Ma?

  • Boosted LSS
    Boosted LSS7 dager siden

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

  • Steve Lovegrove
    Steve Lovegrove8 dager siden

    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

  • Alex Walker
    Alex Walker8 dager siden

    I would love to have a classic looking car with an electric interior with some modern bells and whistles.

  • Hamzah Fazluddin
    Hamzah Fazluddin8 dager siden

    James goes into bunker: Can I have a bag of crisps?

  • R33FL1X
    R33FL1X8 dager siden

    or u can use the 90 grand and give it a k swap?

  • denzel270
    denzel2708 dager siden

    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.

  • Steve Hazelton
    Steve Hazelton9 dager siden


  • Jonki Pastramki
    Jonki Pastramki9 dager siden

    The rotten jet oceanographically tame because ocean connolly educate circa a sharp tooth. blushing, naive expert

  • Sam Sambrook
    Sam Sambrook10 dager siden

    Sorry, but it has no soul...

  • Bobby Galvez
    Bobby Galvez10 dager siden

    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. ;-)

  • Qasim Mir
    Qasim Mir11 dager siden

    Hate electric classics. In fact, I hate electric cars altogether. Why am I even here? Bye!👋🏼

  • doyle201206
    doyle20120611 dager siden

    You could buy a new tesla and a properly sorted real MGB for that money.

  • Mandalorian Jedi
    Mandalorian Jedi11 dager siden

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

  • James Krell
    James Krell11 dager siden

    I just can't bring myself to drive an upholstered milk float, whatever the price.

  • Joshua Graham
    Joshua Graham11 dager siden

    Wouldn't the battery last longer if it didn't have two tv screens to power at full brightness ?

  • wafflesnfalafel1
    wafflesnfalafel111 dager siden

    disappointed it's not a bit quicker - I'd want to dust 911s with it. But it's still beautiful.

  • o0julek0o
    o0julek0o11 dager siden

    90 grand for 9 seconds to 60... pathetic

  • Giedrius Malikėnas
    Giedrius Malikėnas12 dager siden


  • frankgile1996
    frankgile199612 dager siden

    Can we call it the MG-E? (Instead of MGB?)

  • Andrew Walker
    Andrew Walker12 dager siden


  • Paul Nutter
    Paul Nutter12 dager siden

    £90,000 yeah right

  • John Kirke
    John Kirke13 dager siden

    Love it....

  • logmeindog
    logmeindog13 dager siden

    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.

  • OsamaIs MyMama
    OsamaIs MyMama13 dager siden

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

  • Eleven : Eleven
    Eleven : Eleven15 dager siden

    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.

  • tyler zesiger
    tyler zesiger15 dager siden

    When can we expect the premier of James and Jeremys; the speed of birds?

  • Al
    Al16 dager siden

    I think it's cool to have something like that.

  • Anna Ferrara
    Anna Ferrara16 dager siden


  • ev andersen
    ev andersen17 dager siden

    I say Noooo

  • ev andersen
    ev andersen17 dager siden

    James says you Must buy electric

  • On Jog
    On Jog19 dager siden

    James is used to electric vibration

  • Carmen Lottner
    Carmen Lottner20 dager siden

    Not Rothmans,Piccadilly.

  • LednacekZ
    LednacekZ20 dager siden

    It's electric. nothing really to break down. Ehm, the statistics of reliability for tesla cars would beg the differ.

  • Richie
    Richie20 dager siden

    more or less maintainence?

  • Rex Rampage
    Rex Rampage21 dag siden

    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.

  • Emanuel Muresan
    Emanuel Muresan21 dag siden

    The silent epic drive is better than movies

  • Taffy7hfa
    Taffy7hfa21 dag siden

    Got nothing against electric cars per se but 90K! thanks but no thanks.I will jog on

  • Hero007ization
    Hero007ization22 dager siden

    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.

  • Ł D
    Ł D22 dager siden

    This channel is like donut media but on low budget

  • K Mac P
    K Mac P22 dager siden

    why did anybody in the UK ever decide to have an open-top car

  • David Hobbs
    David Hobbs23 dager siden

    No sound, no passion just sterile and boring!

  • Jack Corman
    Jack Corman23 dager siden

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

  • Cameron Richardson

    Cameron Richardson

    3 dager siden

    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

  • Victor Popov

    Victor Popov

    10 dager siden

    would look so much better if it was still analog

  • Sebastian Sellers
    Sebastian Sellers23 dager siden

    That cut when the bus driver started to talk to him.

  • Obi-Wan Kenobi
    Obi-Wan Kenobi23 dager siden

    How to destroy a car. Make it electric

  • Michael Davis
    Michael Davis23 dager siden

    You should check out the electric Fiat spider, it’s pretty cool.

  • Chappo
    Chappo23 dager siden

    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.

  • Ellie
    Ellie24 dager siden

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

  • JensenDKMG
    JensenDKMG24 dager siden

    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.

  • Stephen Turvey
    Stephen Turvey24 dager siden

    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.

  • Saint Etienne
    Saint Etienne24 dager siden

    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.

  • Hulda Lucien
    Hulda Lucien24 dager siden

    The harmonious bladder univariably correct because dedication multivariably communicate aboard a deeply microwave. unable, comfortable religion

  • 4R
    4R25 dager siden

    No replacement for displacement, sorry.

  • steve prentice
    steve prentice25 dager siden

    Electric 180 miles range vs diesel 800 mile range. Electric is a long way off.

  • John Olive
    John Olive25 dager siden

    90 grand. Nuts.

  • Insane-Randomness
    Insane-Randomness25 dager siden

    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.

  • Rasputin Varez
    Rasputin Varez25 dager siden

    Going from a CB400SF to an Xmax 300 was so much nicer and more relaxing... quietness in motoring is NICE

  • Noor Fahad
    Noor Fahad26 dager siden

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  • ComandanteJ
    ComandanteJ26 dager siden

    Cool. Not 90K cool, though.

  • Bradley Knox
    Bradley Knox26 dager siden

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

  • Ryan
    Ryan26 dager siden

    kinda defeats the purpose of an MG

  • boyo
    boyo26 dager siden

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

  • Tokiomi Tohsaka
    Tokiomi Tohsaka26 dager siden

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

  • C Bromley
    C Bromley26 dager siden

    Electric's the way to go. The MGB is a beautiful car. SR+ is a lot cheaper however.

  • OP_ Snooze
    OP_ Snooze26 dager siden

    TL:DW. No. No it isn't.

  • Adam Isailovic
    Adam Isailovic26 dager siden

    90k's and bonnet isn't even with the rest...Mkay.

  • TheOriginalItchyman
    TheOriginalItchyman26 dager siden

    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

  • MetalMorris
    MetalMorris27 dager siden

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

  • inSAYn
    inSAYn27 dager siden

    90k for that? No thanks

  • Watchitwithandrew
    Watchitwithandrew27 dager siden

    Why can’t he say “because”

  • sailingmaster
    sailingmaster27 dager siden

    oh that is lovely

  • Andi McGaw
    Andi McGaw27 dager siden

    James May telling the truth about engine 'noise'

  • Pr00ch
    Pr00ch27 dager siden

    Imagine your car broke down and james may in an electric MG drives by, roasting you on camera

  • Madd Peanut
    Madd Peanut27 dager siden

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

  • Super_Slav
    Super_Slav27 dager siden

    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.

  • Danny Falcon
    Danny Falcon27 dager siden

    Where do I order one?

  • BL4CKF0X
    BL4CKF0X28 dager siden

    No sound, no soul.

  • bavondale
    bavondale28 dager siden

    0-60 in 9 seconds and just a 160 mile range? where did the 90K go?

  • Jacques Mertens
    Jacques Mertens28 dager siden

    Aimed at babyboomers with way too much money. A trip down memory lane to fix their end-of-life-crisis.

  • Kevakazii
    Kevakazii28 dager siden

    I love electric, the lack of noise is blissful. Moreso when I have a motorway behind my house.

  • Merman
    Merman28 dager siden

    It's nice looking, but not 90k nice. I am biased though since It's not a stick.

  • Patrick D
    Patrick D28 dager siden

    I hate this guy in the hat with a burning passion and i"m 30 seconds in. if it wasn't for james id've stopped watching.

  • SWO_Woodsman_945
    SWO_Woodsman_94528 dager siden

    Electric cars are void of character. Plain and simple. It would be a travesty if all the sensation of driving an old car was removed from nearly all E-types and MGbs. It's like watching your favourite classic movie, Western, Disney, Starwars or Indiana Jones and suddenly in a scene, a banner came up saying. [WARNING THIS SCENE DEPICTS SEXISM AND BIGOTRY] It would forcefully ruin the movie. Like electrifying and old car.

  • Calum A
    Calum A28 dager siden

    That is beautiful that! If you go to the Haynes motor museum, they have an MG B in Ferrari Red parked alongside other Ferraris, and you know what? It doesn't look out of place at all!

  • SMGJohn
    SMGJohn28 dager siden

    My biggest dream is to own a fully electric Alfa Romeo 159. Also stop uploading interlaced videos in 2021, its not 2001 anymore.

  • Rick Sanchez
    Rick Sanchez28 dager siden

    It is basically modern car with retro chassis. Its brilliant!

  • Afonso Lamy
    Afonso Lamy28 dager siden

    I love it