For one reason or another, there is still a not-insignificant contingent of people who are staunchly against the electric vehicle revolution. There are many arguments that call EVs into question such as how environmentally friendly they really are, range anxiety, etc. However, the one thing that can’t be argued about EVs is that they’re fast; really fast. EV motors provide massive amounts of torque almost instantly. As along as the batteries are up to the task, those motors can push a vehicle to incredible speeds.
Rimac just demonstrated that fact by smashing the record for the world’s fastest production EV with its Nevera hypercar. The Rimac Nevera already made history in 2021 when it clicked off a 8.582-second quarter-mile time netting it the crown for fastest accelerating production car period—not just in the EV category—taking the crown away from the Tesla Model S Plaid. While that is a great title to have, Rimac wasn’t satisfied. The Croatian automaker scoured the world for an oval race track with straightaways long enough to accommodate the Nevera’s full potential.
Eventually, Rimac selected the Automotive Testing Papenburg track in Germany due to its two 4 km long straights. Once the team was on site, the Rimac Nevera was set to “top speed mode,” which configures the aerodynamic package to an optimal balance between drag and downforce to ensure the car stays manageable at record breaking speeds. The Nevera was fitted with a set of street-legal Michelin Cup 2R tires, the same rubber found on hypercars from Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes-AMG, and Koenigsegg.
With Rimac’s chief test and development driver Miro Zrnčević behind the wheel, the test commenced. The key to top speed runs such as this was getting the best exit possible off of the corner onto the straight to use as much of it as possible for acceleration. According to Rimac, Zrnčević exited the corner at 155 mph before putting the hammer down and pushing all four of the Nevera’s motors wide open.
By the time the driver came back in over the radio he confirmed with the team that he reached 412 kph—256 mph. The speed was measured with a Racelogic V-Box which uses high-precision GPS data to measure speed.
Here’s the bonkers part: technically any Rimac Nevera can pull off this feat. When it comes from the factory, the Nevera will be limited to 219 mph, but if the owner wants to push for 256 mph, they can. They just need to sign up for special Rimac customer events in which a team of the automaker’s engineers will make the necessary adjustments and fit the correct tires to unlock the Nevera’s full potential.
While being the fastest EV production car in the world is quite the accomplishment, the Rimac Nevera still doesn’t quite have the beans it needs to be the fastest production car in the world. At 256 mph the Nevera still trails behind titans such as the 2022 Bugatti Chiron, 2022 Bugatti Chiron Super Sport, 2022 Koenigsegg Jesko, and the 2022 SSC Tuatara. Though, it may just be a matter of time before an EV comes for that number one spot.
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