The Rimac Nevera becomes the fastest electric production car in the world after setting a top speed of 412kph (258mph) on the Automotive Testing Papenburg track in Germany. The record-breaking achievemnet follows on from the Nevera’s independently verified 8.582-second quarter-mile run in 2021, which made it the world’s fastest accelerating production car.
The Nevera was set into its top speed mode. This created an aerodynamic profile that balances drag and downforce to provide stability at high speed. The vehicle was fitted with road-legal Michelin Cup 2R tires. Behind the wheel was Miro Zrnčević, Rimac’s Chief Test and Development Driver. As the car leveled out of the banking, traveling around 250kph (155mph), Miro unleashed the full power of the advanced four-motor Rimac-developed powertrain and battery pack, accelerating Nevera into the 400kph range.
The top speed was measured using Racelogic V-Box, a high-precision GPS-based measurement device. The 412kph top speed was a target set by the Rimac team when the car was first revealed as the C_Two at the Geneva Motor Show in 2018, and only now – after a collective 1.6m hours of development – was it verified.
To travel at 412kph, or 258mph, means travelling at a third of the speed of sound. Simply achieving that alone in a road car is incredibly complex, but in Nevera we have created a car that can travel long distances on a single charge, can tackle tight and twisting race tracks and can drift as well as break straight-line speed records, both for acceleration and V-MAX. I’ve driven Nevera since it first turned a wheel and to see the perfectly honed car that is today is a really emotional moment. The most important thing I have learned during the top-speed attempt is how composed and stable the car was – confirming that our aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics teams have done an amazing job. – Miro Zrnčević, Rimac’s Chief Test and Development Driver
Customers receive their Rimac Nevera with a limited top speed of 219mph (352kph) but it can achieve the 412kph (258mph) top speed in special customer events with support from the Rimac team and under controlled conditions. As tires are under pressure during such runs, it is essential to make sure that the tires are properly set up for such high speeds. Production of the Nevera is currently underway at Rimac’s HQ on the outskirts of Zagreb, Croatia, and the first cars were delivered to customers around the world.
Nevera as both the fastest accelerating production car in the world and the fastest EV production car, marks a new era in the evolution of automotive performance.
The Rimac Nevera produces 1,914hp from four Rimac-designed electric motors, which pushes the hypercar from 0-60 mph in just 1.85 seconds, and to 100mph in 4.3 seconds.
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