The 'Nemesis' has its sights on UK record

The first electric super car will begin test runs this week in preparation for an effort to break the UK electric car land-speed record.

Built entirely on British shores, the 'Nemesis' is the creation of Dale Vince OBE, founder of the world's first green electricity company, Ecotricity, in Gloucestershire.

Nick Ponting will be the man behind the wheel attempting to beat the current record of 137mph, which was set by the grandson of legendary speed-merchant Sir Malcolm Campbell.

He 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 this week."

The electric super car was built and designed by an 'A-team' of leading British motorsport engineers in Norfolk. It took less than two years to put together and is powered entirely by green electricity.

Last year, the Nemesis did 0-100mph in 8.5 seconds and reached speeds just under the current UK land-speed record before aerodynamic lift issues needed to be addressed.

Test runs for the record attempt are currently being carried out at Bruntingthorpe Airfield and Proving Ground in Leicestershire.

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