Words: Nathan Chadwick | Photos: Rimac
The Rimac Nevera has set a new record for the world’s fastest production electric car, barreling into the horizon at a largely silent 258mph (412km/h).
The setting for this feat was the Automotive Testing Papenburg track in Germany, chosen due to its two 4km straights. Equipped with road-legal Michelin Cup 2R tyres, and with Rimac’s chief test and development driver Miro Zrnčević behind the wheel, the attempt began by the car coming off the banking at 155mph before delivering its 1914bhp. It now holds the world record for the fastest production EV, it is the fastest car ever tested at Papenburg and it is also the world’s fastest-accelerating automobile – it can hit 100mph in 4.3 seconds, having swept past 60mph in 1.85 seconds.
Production of the Nevera has already started at Rimac’s base just outside of Zagreb, Croatia, and the first few cars are already with their owners. However, customers will only be able to achieve the 258mph top speed at dedicated events with support from Rimac – the standard car is ‘limited’ to a mere 219mph…
You can see the full run as captured by VBOX devices below.
“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,” said Miro. “I’ve driven the Nevera since it first turned a wheel, and to see the perfectly honed car that it 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.”
More details can be found here.