It’s not every day we get to see a world record shattered by an electric car. It wasn’t long ago that it seemed impossible for electric cars to break any speed records. Fortunately, Rimac, a controlling interest in Bugatti, so you know it has a history of making stylish and speedy vehicles, but it wasn’t very long ago that electric vehicles were slow and uncommon at best. The Rimac Nevera EV hypercar is so fast that it beat the Tesla Plaid in a drag race, making this sleek, low-profile beauty the world’s fastest accelerating road-legal car. Let’s dive in and take a closer look at the Rimac Nevera EV.
Harnessing the Power of the Storm
The Nevera is named after a Mediterranean storm, which suits it, considering this car is a force of nature. The massive battery alone would be impressive. Designed in-house at Rimac, the power on this incredible speedster has 6,960 cells for a total of 120-kWh. Meanwhile, four electric engines run this absolute beast of a machine. Each tire has its own dedicated engine for maximum acceleration. Additionally, you’ll appreciate Rimac’s intelligent All Wheel Torque Vectoring system (R-AWTV) and even an AI ‘driving coach’ mode to help you coax every last drop of power out of Nevera. With integrated radar units, cameras, and sensors, this incredible machine can actually help you get better at high-speed driving with visual and audio driving instructions on common issues like corner acceleration, breaking points, and more. More impressive still is the braking system. With six caliper 15.3-inch Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, you can slow down easily, but why would you want to? However, that’s not what makes them so unique. The engine on a Nevera EV gets a boost from the stopping power when you slow down. A regenerative breaking system uses the resistance to feed power back into the cars’ system. According to MotorTrend, that’s the “..highest use of regenerative braking of any other car on the market.”
The Fastest Thing on Four Wheels
Rimac’s Nevera EV has a superb top speed of 412 mph with 1,914 hp and 1,741 lb-ft of torque. Plus, it can go zero to sixty in 1.85 seconds. More importantly, the Nevera set the Quarter-Mile world record in 8.52 seconds, reaching speeds up to 167.51 mph. That makes Rimac’s Nevera EV the fastest car allowed on the road. To put Nevera’s speed in perspective, it ran the quarter-mile in 8.58 seconds; the original EV would have done the same distance in just under four and a half minutes. Of course, the first fully electric vehicle was invented in the 1800s. According to the State Historical Society of Iowa, the first electric vehicle was a six-seat buggy, was created in 1890 by William Morrison. Simply called The Morrison, the progenitor of all EVs could go about fourteen miles per hour at its top speed. In the past, charging and travel distance limited what you could do in an electric car. However, the Nevera can take you three hundred forty miles on a single charge. Better still, you won’t need to wait all night for the next leg of your journey. The fast charge capabilities are as exceptional as the rest of this car, with the batteries going from twenty percent to eighty in about two hours.
A Beauty and A Beast
Being fast is vital, but it’s not everything. The Nevera EV is also a work of art. The low, sporty profile is a given since you don’t reach record-breaking speeds if you’re shaped like a boxcar. The Nevera is streamlined, yet it has rounded curves instead of the sharp lines favored by some fast cars. Meanwhile, a rear spoiler makes sure you cannot mistake the purpose of this speed demon. Going fast is a science, and handling the speed isn’t merely a psychological idea. A car that can hold up under intense acceleration needs a lot more than a sleek profile. The Nevera has a bonded carbon roof and carbon fiber monocoque body which deflects at 70,000 newton-meters per degree. Part of what gives the Nevera such incredible strength is that the entire exoskeleton is a single piece. With no joints, parts, or welds to break up the stability, this is one body that certainly won’t quit. The interior is also carbon fiber, but you’d never know it at a glance. Soft, rich tan leather adorns the seats, steering wheel, door panels, console, and parts of the dash.
The overall look is definitely in keeping with this Croatian luxury brand. According to Inside Deevs, this sweet EV is driving on Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. The front pair are 275/35 R20s, and the rear of the Nevera has 315/35 R20s for outstanding performance on the track or the road. It’s a little bit ironic that the former top-speed EV was Tesla’s Plaid. Of course, you need to know a bit about both Elon Musk and Nikola Tesla to get the joke. While Elon Musk named his company after this incredible inventor, Tesla himself had something in common with the Nevera that Elon does not. Although it was still called Smiljan and was part of the Austrian Empire, Teslas’ birthplace is located in modern-day Croatia. Both the inventor and the Nevera were born in Croatia and symbolize the ingenuity of the Croatian people.
Rimac is an industry leader that is making fast electric vehicles like the Nevera the new normal. You no longer have to sacrifice speed or luxury to drive a forward-thinking vehicle that doesn’t burn fossil fuels. If you can handle the speed and the two-point four million dollar price tag, there’s nothing like the Nevera EV on the market. However, you’d better jump on it since Rimac is only making a hundred and fifty of these high-powered, small-batch cars, and fifty are already spoken for. Thanks to Rimac, we can all expect great things for the future of electric vehicles.