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Fastest EV

The Rimac Nevera is officially the worlds’ fastest production electric car.


Photography by Rimac Automobili

16 November 2022

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Croatian carmaker, Rimac has released a video and statement showing its EV model, Nevera reach a top speed of 258 mph (412kmh) on Germany’s Automotive Testing Papenburg track.

Driven by Chief Test and Development Driver at Bugatti Rimac, Miroslav Zrncevic, the Nevera is the brainchild of Mate Rimac, who has taken his brand from garage start up to international force in the EV sector in just 10 years.

Rimac’s engineers achieved this record speed with the help of a new top-speed mode. This new configuration alters the car’s profile to have enough downforce for high-speed stability while limiting drag. The Nevera wore its street-legal Michelin Cup 2R tires for the run. For total transparency, Rimac also announced that it used a Racelogic V-Box GPS-based measuring device to confirm the record.

In November 2021, Rimac Automobili joined forces with Bugatti in a new company, Bugatti Rimac, headquartered in Zagreb, Croatia and uniting Rimac’s technical expertise with Bugatti’s 110-year heritage and depth of engineering knowledge.

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Porsche is on board as a strategic partner and has supplied two members of the Board of Management and two members of the Supervisory Board.

Rimac Automobili and Bugatti Automobiles will continue to operate as unique brands with separate products.

The production version of the game-changing 1,914hp all-electric Rimac Nevera made its US debut at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering during Monterey Car Week in August.

The unveiling follows the start of production and the delivery of car #001 to the first customer – the 2016 F1 World Champion and sustainability entrepreneur, Nico Rosberg.

Following its debut at Monterey Car Week, an example of the Nevera embarked on a tour across the United States, giving more American customers, prospects and fans the opportunity to experience the Nevera and its next-generation performance.

It will be on the road until the end of the year, while the other production car will head back over to Europe for more activities, including the Supercar Owners’ Circle drive event in Rimac’s home country of Croatia at the beginning of September.

The first year of Nevera production is already sold out, with Rimac capable of producing around 50 cars each year at its production facility in Croatia. Every single major component is designed, engineered and built in-house by Rimac: powertrain, batteries, inverters, software and more. The components are assembled at Rimac HQ and then brought together on the assembly line to create the final road-ready Nevera.

The Rimac Nevera unlocks the next generation of automotive performance. Its 1,914hp is produced by four bespoke Rimac-engineered electric motors, which propels the hypercar from 0-60mph in just 1.85 seconds, and to 100mph in 4.3 seconds.

Proudly sporting a name in honour of its homeland, a “nevera” is an unexpected Mediterranean summer storm off the coast of Croatia.

As such, the Nevera can transform from a comfortable, adept grand tourer into a pin-sharp performance machine in the blink of an eye.

The brand’s second production car has a base price of US$2.1 million, of which only 150 will be produced.

Car #000 was retained by Rimac and was finished in a bright Callisto Green with Sand Alcantara interior. For car #001, Nico Rosberg chose a more aggressive specification described as “the full Batmobile spec”.

Following an 11-year career in Formula One that saw him crowned World Champion in 2016, Rosberg has embarked on a career as a sustainability entrepreneur and investor in green technologies. He is invested in more than 20 mobility start-ups as well as Formula E, while his all-electric Extreme E racing team – Rosberg X Racing are the Championship winners of 2021 and are leading the current season.

In 2019, he founded the Greentech Festival, a global platform for sustainable innovation and lifestyle. As of 2021, the event has been hosted in New York, London, Singapore as well as the city it was first established in – Berlin.

Mate Rimac, CEO of the Rimac Group, said, “When we first started designing the Nevera we set out to build a car that would impress even the best drivers in the world. Nico was on that list, and it’s a great feeling to know that someone who has mastered the most focused and cutting-edge motorsport in the world gets such a thrill from the car that we’ve created.

“We’re all looking forward to following Nico’s journeys with the Nevera; all of his cars are used and enjoyed, which is exactly what we encourage our owners to do. And if anyone can test the limits of what we’ve built, it’s him. We’re proud to call Nico a friend and the first member of the rapidly expanding Rimac Nevera owners family.”

An ecstatic Rosberg said, “For me, this car represents absolutely everything I could ever want. It showcases the very best of innovative electrification technology, bringing it into a car designed literally from the ground-up to be not just incredibly fast – or the fastest – but really great to drive, too. I can’t wait to see what it can do.”

With the first customer car delivered, uniquely specified Neveras will now begin appearing on the streets of countries all over the world. Only 150 examples will ever be built, sold and maintained by Rimac Automobili’s global network of 25 dealer partners, stretching across North America, Europe, Middle East, and Asia.

Even before this first customer delivery, the Nevera has already received global acclaim for its world-leading technologies and unrivalled performance.

With 1,914hp, the Nevera is capable of accelerating from 0-60mph in 1.85 seconds, to 100mph in 4.3 seconds and can run the quarter mile in a world-record 8.582 seconds. Nevera has been named GQ’s Hypercar of the Year, Top Gear Magazine’s Best Electric Performance Car and Robb Report’s Best Hypercar.

 

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