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.
“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.”