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Author Topic: 'Nemesis' electric car breaks UK land-speed record  (Read 2150 times)
Eleanor
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« on: September 27, 2012, 11:10:09 AM »

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-19733430

A battery-powered car has broken the UK land-speed record for electric vehicles at Elvington airfield near York.

The Nemesis, a heavily-modified Lotus Exige which was originally bought off eBay, clocked an average speed of 148mph (239km/h).

The car was designed and built by a team of British motorsport engineers in Norfolk, and driven by estate agent Nick Ponting, 21, from Gloucester.

It beat the previous record of 137mph (220km/h).

The vehicle clocked an average speed of 148.419mph during two runs along the mile-long course.

Mr Ponting said: "It was brilliant. The car felt really good."

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The car runs on green electricity which has been generated by wind turbines, run by the Stroud-based company Ecotricity.

Dale Vince from Ecotricity said: "It was quite straightforward. We're putting a bit of juice back in the batteries and we're going to go again.

"The driver says it could have been faster. We think we'll top 150mph before we leave here today.

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

The previous record had been held by Don Wales, the grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell.

An attempt by Mr Wales's son, Joe Wales, to beat the record in Bluebird Electric last year, was thwarted after the vehicle's suspension was damaged by a pothole at Pendine Sands in Carmarthenshire.
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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2012, 11:40:22 AM »

That's an impressive achievment, but I do think that the BBC could have mentioned that the world record is over twice as fast as that!

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« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2012, 10:21:47 AM »

Maybe it would have gone faster if they hadn't bought a dodgy second hand forklift battery bank off Fleabay  Grin
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