F1 champion Damon Hill got behind the wheel of the record-breaking Nemesis electric supercar this week for a lap around Silverstone.
The Nemesis set a new UK electric car land-speed record last week when it reached 151mph and with a track record like Hill’s, the 22-time Grand Prix champion was impressed.
“It's incredible, very quick,” he said. “The electric car has so many advantages, noise and pollution being on high on that list, particularly in urban environments.
“The power to run this car has come from the wind – it’s free energy, so we’re foolish if we don’t put our mind to work and figure out solutions as to how we live on this planet.”
It was all part of a fundraising drive for Halow – a charity founded by Hill which helps young people with a learning disability to become more independent and have the same life chances and choices as any other young person.
With a range of 100-150 miles between charges, depending on driving style, the Nemesis can be fully charged from empty in less than 30 minutes using rapid-charging infrastructure.
It is the product of Dale Vince’s efforts, founder of green energy company Ecotricity, who commented: “It is great to see the Nemesis with Damon behind the wheel. We built the car to smash conventions and challenge thinking about what an electric car can do.
“Last week we broke the electric land-speed record and today it’s powering around Silverstone with Damon Hill at the wheel.
“There is no logical reason to oppose electric cars anymore – what are we waiting for?”
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