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Thursday, September 27, 2012
The team behind a £750,000 supercar powered by energy from wind turbines, which was built at a secret location in Norfolk, believe they have smashed the UK land-speed record for an electric car.
The Nemesis, driven by Nick Ponting, 21, hit 148.7mph during a run at Elvington airfield, near York, today.
This breaks the record of 137mph set by Don Wales, the grandson of speed ace Sir Malcolm Campbell, 10 years ago.
Ponting then further extended the record later in the day, to 151mph.
But today’s achievement still needs to be ratified by the Motor Sports Association before the record can be officially declared.
The makers of the Nemesis say it is the first electric supercar to be built in the UK and they hope it will “smash the stereotype” of electric-powered cars as boring and slow.
It was designed and built in less than two years by a team of leading British motorsport engineers in Norfolk.
It is the brainchild of Dale Vince, founder of green electricity company Ecotricity, who was born in Burgh Castle near Great Yarmouth, and founded the business in the mid 90s.
Mr Vince has said: “We built the Nemesis to smash the stereotype of electric cars as something Noddy would drive - slow, boring, not cool.”
Mr Vince said the Nemesis is powered entirely by electricity generated by Ecotricity’s network of 53 wind turbines around the UK.
The car began life as a second-hand Lotus Exige - itself designed and built in Hethel near Norwich, and which was chosen because of its light weight and superb handling characteristics - and was bought on eBay before being rebuilt from the ground up.
Mr Vince said he wanted to stimulate a debate about how everyone will move around when the world runs out of oil.
He said the Nemesis is capable of 0-100mph in 8.5 seconds and, on paper, is capable of topping 200mph.
The Nemesis can travel from 100-150 miles between charges, depending on driving style, and can be charged from empty in less than 30 minutes.