London, Sept 28 (ANI): A battery-powered car has broken the UK land-speed record for electric vehicles at Elvington airfield near York, it has been revealed.
The Nemesis, a heavily-modified Lotus Exige which was originally bought off eBay, clocked an average speed of 151.6mph (244km/h), the BBC reported.
The car was designed and built by a team of British motorsport engineers in Norfolk, and driven by estate agent Nick Ponting, 21, from Gloucestershire.
The old record was 137mph (220km/h). The vehicle clocked 151.607mph during two runs along the mile-long course.
“It was brilliant. The car felt really good. The conditions were perfect,” Ponting said.
“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,” he added.
The car runs on green electricity which has been generated by wind turbines, run by the Stroud-based company Ecotricity.
“We built the Nemesis to smash the stereotype of electric cars as something Noddy would drive – slow, boring, not cool,” Dale Vince from Ecotricity said. (ANI)