Although most of the people didn’t even know about the existence of the Lotus Nemesis, the car has smashed the land speed record for an electric vehicle during the past month. The car is not a purely genuine model manufactured by Lotus though, it was converted to electricity by Ecotricity, one of Great Britain’s renewable energy brands.
Unlike the general, almost stereotypical opinions that electric vehicles are symbols of slowness, the Lotus Nemesis, just like the Tesla Roadster, is a whopper and totally destroys any preconceptions.
The exterior of the Nemesis is not too different from the Elise, featuring just a few, moderate aerodynamic improvements. The opening at the front of the Nemesis is slightly smaller than Elise’s, while the convertible top has been discarded to the benefit of a hardtop which slopes towards the rear.
The taillights feature dual circular LED technology, while the dual exhaust has been replaced with a pair of power cords through which the EV is plugged in. A set of panels close up the lateral air vents as the rear engine doesn’t need any sort of cooling. As for the paintjob, the model has been toned in dark grey with black highlights, in the shape of the British flag.
There aren’t too many pictures of the car’s interior to allow us to say much, sadly. We just have a slight image which displays the gauges and an interface system for the electrical system and batteries. And, proving that they understood past experiences of electric vehicles, there’s an obvious FIRE shut-off switch.
In terms of propulsion and performance, Ecotricity’s Nemesis is powered by two 125 kW engines which deliver a total 330 HP and an immense 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque. The transmission is virtually plain and simple, a two-stage belt driven reduction unit. The Lotus Nemesis can travel 100 to 150 miles on a single charge, thanks to a system of batteries that can store up to 36 KW of power. The Nemesis can reach a maximum speed of 243 km/h (151 mph) and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.5 seconds.
A 50 amp rapid charger is enough to tie this car to a power source and rejuvenate it in just 30 minutes. If a rapid charger is not available, it will take 2 hours to fully recharge the vehicle. Furthermore, for added protection, the battery is encapsulated in a double skin carbon fiber and aluminum honeycomb structural energy storage system, reportedly called the SESS.
The car had cost less than £1 million to manufacture, according to Ecotricity, and has taken 18 months to build. We’ve also heard that Ecotricity are not do not intend to produce any more cars like this at the moment.