Nick Ponting photo portrait


BBC NEWS 27 September 2012


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

The Nemesis, a heavily-modified Lotus Exige which was originally bought off eBay, clocked an average speed of 151.6mph (244km/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 Gloucestershire.

The old record was 137mph (220km/h). The vehicle clocked 151.607mph during two runs along the mile-long course.


Nick Ponting and Dale Vince, the Ecotricity Nemesis, electric Lotus



During an earlier attempt it managed an average speed of 148.419mph. Mr Ponting said: "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 car runs on green electricity which has been generated by wind turbines, run by the Stroud-based company Ecotricity. Dale Vince from Ecotricity said: "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.

The record still needs to be ratified by the Motor Sports Association before the record can be officially declared.


It is the brainchild of Dale Vince, founder of green electricity company Ecotricity, of Stroud, Gloucestershire. Now called 'the Nemesis', the car was originally a second-hand Lotus Exige which was bought on eBay for Ł10,000. Another Ł750,000 was spent modifying the car over a two-and-a-half year period with the aim of changing the image of electric vehicles.





BBC NEWS 6 September 2012


A battery-powered car will attempt to beat the UK land-speed record for electric vehicles later this month. Nemesis, a heavily-modified Lotus Exige body, will be driven by estate agent Nick Ponting, 21, from Gloucester. Nick was born in Cheltenham, lives in Gloucester and works for an estate agent in Stroud. He is 21-years-old.

Dale Vince said he had built the car to "smash the stereotype of electric cars as something Noddy would drive - slow, boring, not cool".  

The record attempt is due to be made at Elvington Airfield, near York, on 27 September. Nemesis was designed and built in under two years by a team of British motorsport engineers in Norfolk. 

It can travel from 100-150 miles between charges, depending on driving style, and can be charged from empty in about 30 minutes using a rapid-charger. The team believes theoretically the motors are capable of about 200mph but "real world" constraints like aerodynamic lift have to be addressed before the attempt.




In June of 2013 Lord Drayson successfully raised the BELSR to 204.185mph in his electric McLaren racer. This was a rise of 53mph or 35%. Congratulations to his Lordship.


Mr Vince, who runs the electricity company Ecotricity, said he was quietly confident the team would break the record. The current record of 137mph (220km/h) was set by Don Wales, from Addlestone, Surrey, in 2000. A separate attempt to beat the record last August was thwarted after the vehicle's suspension was damaged by a pothole as spray entering the cockpit increased visibility difficulties for the driver. 

The Bluebird Electric was being driven along Pendine Sands in Carmarthenshire by Mr Wales's son Joe, who suffered mild whiplash as a result. 





BBC News England September 27 2012 British Electric LSR Nemesis, Elvington

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Guardian news online environment 2012 September 27 Nemesis electric land speed record

Speedace Blueplanet_Ecostar British and Wolrd electric land speed record car

Daily Mail new British electric land speed record beats Malcolm Cambell's grandson




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