New Electric Car Record!

A battery-powered car has reached over 150mph and broken the UK land-speed record for an electric vehicle. Taking place at an airfield in Elvington near York, The Nemesis has clocked in incredible 151.6mph – smashing the most recent record by almost 15mph.

The Nemesis is a Lotus Exige which has been heavily modified by a team of British motorsport enthusiasts and engineers in Norfolk. The car was driven by 21-year old Nick Ponting and reached 151.607mph during two runs along a mile-long test course. The engineers claim the car could eventually reach as quick as 190 mph.

Ponting enthused:

“It was brilliant. The car felt really good. The conditions were perfect. We’ve smashed the record and then gone and done a second run and done it again. The acceleration is phenomenal. It gets to the top speed very quickly.”

The engineers are particularly proud of the car’s energy: The Nemesis runs on green electricity generated by wind turbines and run by Stroud-based company Ecotricity. Dale Vince from Ecotricity added:

“We built the Nemesis to smash the stereotype of electric cars as something Noddy would drive – slow, boring, not cool.”

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