A close up of a Ecotricity wind turbine in the UK. (Photo : Wikimedia Commons)
The Nemesis, a battery-powered car, designed to put an end to the "boring" reputation green cars often get, broke the UK electric land speed record on Thursday.
The car, which is a Lotus Exige modified by utility company Ecotricity, maxed out at a speed of 151 mph near North Yorkshire and averaged a speed of 148 mph. The previous record was set by Don Wales in 2000 when he drove a Bluebird Electric 137 mph.
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The record breaking car was designed by a team of British motorsport enginers in Norfolk, and driven by 21-year-old estate agent Nick Ponting. Ponting's love of racing started when he was 12 when he would race go-karts with friends. The car runs on green electricity which has been generated by wind turbines, run by the Stroud-based company Ecotricity.
The car managed an average speed of 148 mph, but the conditions were so perfect, the team decided to keep going to try putting some distance between them and the old record. Needless to say, Wales is now in a distant second place.
If it weren't for speed limits, the car would realistically be capable of traveling up to 150 miles between charges, which is a little higher than most consumer electric cars in the UK. The Nissan Leaf for example only has a battery range of 110 miles.
Wales tried breaking his own record in 2011 but didn't come close after hitting a pothole. He's the grandson of famous racing legend Sir Malcolm Campbell.