Wow. That was fast.

In only took about a year for someone to break the land-speed record for an electric vehicle built in the UK.

In this case, Ecotricity, which produces electricity from "green" energy, has snatched up the honors. Its Nemesis "supercar" hit 151 miles per hour on a racetrack near York, UK, beating the old record, set last summer, by 14 mph. Racecar driver Nick Ponting was behind the wheel, and he was obviously enjoying it, as you can see in the video below.

The Nemesis made the run completely using electricity coming from some of Ecotricity's 53 windmills throughout the UK. The Nemesis has a single-charge range of up to 150 miles, and can go from 0-to-100 mph in about 8.5 seconds. In case anyone's curious, the top-of-the-line Tesla Model S has a top speed of 130 miles per hour. So there.

You can find Ecotricity's press release below.



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The 'Nemesis' smashes UK electric car land-speed record

27 September 2012

The first electric super car – the Nemesis – designed and built entirely in the UK, has today broken the UK electric car land-speed record – reaching 151 mph.

The previous record – 137 mph – was set by the grandson of legendary speed-merchant Sir Malcolm Campbell.

The Nemesis is the brainchild of Dale Vince OBE, who founded the world's first green electricity company, Ecotricity, in Stroud Gloucestershire, and was driven by 21-year-old Gloucester racing driver Nick Ponting at Elvington Airfield near York.

The Motor Sport Association was on hand to officially verify the record, with the 'Nemesis' needing to complete two runs in opposite directions along the runway within 1 hour to account for prevailing winds – the average speed of the two runs provides the official time.

Mr Vince said: "This is brilliant. We built the Nemesis to smash the stereotype of electric cars as something Noddy would drive – slow, boring, not cool – and I think we've done exactly that today.

"Hopefully this will further stimulate debate about the future of transport in Britain and how we'll be getting around when the world runs out of oil.

"What we've been able to demonstrate is that wind-powered cars are not just feasible, but can be a load of fun."

Powered entirely by 100% green electricity made by Ecotricity's network of 53 windmills around the UK, the Nemesis was designed and built in less than two years by an 'A-team'of leading British motorsport engineers in Norfolk.

Unlike a combustion engine, electric cars have 100% torque from a standing start and in initial speed tests last year the road-legal Nemesis did 0-100mph in 8.5 seconds.
The Nemesis completed two runs along Elvington Airfield over a one mile distance, with Nick Ponting breaking the record on the first set of consecutive runs with an average speed of 148 mph.

Ponting further extended the record later in the day, to 151 mph.

Ponting said: "It hasn't really sunk in yet that we are in the record books. It was nice to break the record once and then smash it again – which proved a point really. They've done such a good job with the car. It's an amazing result."

The Nemesis can travel from 100-150 miles between charges depending on driving style and can be charged from empty in under 30 mins using rapid-charging infrastructure.
Last summer the grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell, Don Wales, attempted to break his own 137mph UK land speed record for an electric car– but ran into trouble on the beach at Pendine Sands in Carmarthenshire.


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      Giza Plateau
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you're going for a speed record why not do some aeromods like remove side mirrors, close the front opening and smooth riims. Maybe remove the front airdam
        GoodCheer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        Might not the airdam be necessary to keep the thing from lifting off the road at those speeds?
          GoodCheer
          • 2 Years Ago
          @GoodCheer
          That being said, yes, they could certainly have improved the aero. Probably just doping the whole thing by the height of the airdam would have been smart.... and the other things you said.
      Neil Blanchard
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like they have oversized rear tires/wheels on the car? Which makes the "gearing" taller which helps them go faster -- BUT it also looks like it raises the rear end which will have a huge affect on the aerodynamics of the car. The increased drag would make it a lot harder to go faster. Neil
      Dave R
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm not quite sure why you're even bringing up the Model S here - this Lotus was quite obviously modified to make this run. With taller gearing, I imagine that an otherwise stock Model S could easily match this record and if Tesla wanted to, could easily build a car that would go much faster.
        Dave R
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dave R
        Damn crappy AOL commenting system which errors out leading to duplicate posts. :-(
      Dave R
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm not quite sure why you're even bringing up the Model S here - this Lotus was quite obviously modified to make this run. With taller gearing, I imagine that an otherwise stock Model S could easily match this record and if Tesla wanted to, could easily build a car that would go much faster.
      goodoldgorr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Electricity, might it be from batteries, fuelcell or gasoline generator should be faster then strait ice . I hope someone start building an electric dragster to make the quarter mile under 2 seconds.
        GoodCheer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        So, funny thing. A blisteringly fast 8s run would require a constant acceleration of 12.5 m/s/s, or just a little more than the acceleration due to gravity. If you wanted a 2 second run, it could be accomplished with a constant acceleration of 200 m/s/s, or roughly 20 times gravity. That would require basically physically impossible levels of traction, such that the tires could provide 20x more lateral force than vertical pressure. You might be able to do it (consciousness of the driver and power considerations notwithstanding) if you were pushing against something other than the road, such as a geared track, a propeller or a rocket engine. Go for it Gorr!
      raktmn
      • 2 Years Ago
      can I haz Nemesis Cheezeburger? /dead cat meme
      Tomek Kotowicz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ale swietne auto trzeba przyznac:) http://mirat.eu
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