A battery-powered sports car which started life as a Lotus bought on eBay has broken the UK electric car land speed record - topping 150mph.

The Nemesis, a heavily-modified Lotus Exige, reached a landmark 151mph over two runs of the one-mile course at Elvington Airfield near York.

Driver Nick Ponting also managed to help the Nemesis hit its new top speed - a whopping 153.022mph over a quarter-mile stretch at just before noon today.

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The previous electric car land speed record was 137mph, set by Don Wales, the grandson of legendary racer Sir Michael Campbell, in the Bluebird Electric.

Dale Vince, the founder of green electricity firm Ecotricity, bought Nemesis on the online auction site for $16,000 two-and-a-half years ago.

The self-confessed “hippie” then spent $1.2 million on modifications to the motor, including stretching the chassis, moving the center of gravity forward and installing a carbon fiber battery box - not to mention new bodywork.

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