Land Speed Record

The first electric super car – the Nemesis – designed and built entirely in Britain, broke the UK electric car land-speed record – topping 151 mph.

The previous record – 137mph – was set by the grandson of legendary speed-merchant Sir Malcolm Campbell – Don Wales. In 2011, Wales attempted to break that record – but ran into trouble on the beach at Pendine Sands in Carmarthenshire.

The Nemesis was driven by Gloucester racing driver Nick Ponting at Elvington Airfield near York on Thursday 27 September 2012. Nick started in go-karts aged 12, received his race licence at 14 and the now 21-year-old has experience across a range of racing cars from Formula BMWs to Formula Fords.

The Motor Sport Association was on hand to officially verify the record. The ‘Nemesis’ needed to complete two runs in opposite directions along the runway within one hour to account for prevailing winds – the average speed of the two runs provided the official time.

The car completed two runs along Elvington Airfield over a one mile distance, with Nick Ponting breaking the record on the first set of consecutive runs with an average speed of 148 mph.

He went on to extend the record further, to 151 mph.

Nick Ponting

Nick Ponting

Nick was born in Cheltenham, lives in Gloucester and works for an estate agent in Stroud. He is 21-years-old.