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Is it a Nemesis?
It finally happened. Last Monday on a windswept old airfield in Norfolk, we got the wind car out of the workshop and took it for its first spin on tarmac.
Not entirely without a little drama mind you – the car barely being able to climb the transporter loading ramp at full throttle was a challenging start to the day… 🙂 but we quickly enough adjusted the bugs out of that and it flew, really flew.
The acceleration is astonishing. I had a run up and down with John Miles (ex Lotus F1 man) at the wheel – OMG! If you’ve ever been on the Oblivion at Alton Towers, that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach as you go over the edge and rush groundward – that was exactly the feeling, and it was relentless.
There’s no power build up, no power curve – it’s on full (especially when John’s driving), and it stays on – until the throttle comes off (and then the brakes burn… 🙂 ) It’s incredible.
We clocked over 100mph, accidentally, (I mean it wasn’t a speed trial) just running up and down a few hundred metre stretch. And we didn’t spin a wheel, we burnt nothing – not even rubber, more on that later.
The big surprise of the day was the noise – we reckon part Stuka dive bomber and part supercharger, don’t know how well it will come out on film, but this car definitely is not quiet. And I really like the noise it makes.
That takes care of one of Mr Clarkson’s favourite EV ‘worries’ (bless).
Our attempt to test it more fully at Snetterton later the same day was (madly) rained off, as you’ll see in the video. But we’ll be back there in a week or so. By which time we’ll have upgraded the standard brakes (which we cooked) and made some small suspension tweaks. I’m expecting it to be incredibly quick.
The big question will really be how long we can drive it for – that we can’t be sure of.
All the time and care our guys have put into the design and build of this car really is starting to show – I mean to perform ‘straight out of the box’ like this is a real feat. I’m impressed.
It looks and sounds awesome and it goes like hell.
Looking at it and having driven it I really am thinking it suits the name Nemesis.
Very much so.
ETA: This video (and all the others) is also available on Youtube for your embedding pleasure etc.