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Attempt on UK electric car land-speed record

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Attempt on UK electric car land-speed record

Estate agent Nick Ponting is putting his day job on hold this week as he tests the first electric supercar and prepares for an attempt on the UK electric car land-speed record.

The Nemesis, designed and built entirely in the UK is the brainchild of Dale Vince, who founded the world’s first green electricity company, Ecotricity, in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Mr Ponting, 21, born in Cheltenham, has plenty of motor racing experience. He started in go-karts at the age of 12, received his race licence at 14 and the now races cars from Formula BMWs to Formula Fords.

The current electric car land-speed record is 137mph. It was set by the grandson of legendary speed-merchant Sir Malcolm Campbell. The Nemesis test runs are being carried out at Bruntingthorpe Airfield and Proving Ground in Leicestershire.

“There is nothing I can really compare it to, so it’s a bit like stepping into the unknown,” Mr Ponting said. “I’ve been told the only way to describe the acceleration is like a jet taking off on a runway, so I guess I’ll find out.”

The Nemesis was designed and built in less than two years and is powered entirely by green electricity.

In initial speed tests last year, Nemesis did 0-100mph in 8.5 seconds and is potentially capable of reaching 216mph.

Mr Vince said the Nemesis was built to smash the stereotype of electric cars being “slow, boring, and not cool”.

Pictured: Stroud racing driver Nick Ponting.

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