The Electric Rimac Nevera Can Sprint To 60mph In 1.85 Seconds
Croatian hypercar manufacturer Rimac has revealed the Nevera, a 1,914-horsepower EV named after a Mediterranean storm.
The production version of the company’s C_Two concept car, the Nevera is a two-seat hypercar of which just 150 examples will be produced at Rimac’s Croatia headquarters. Globally homologated, the Nevera is priced from €2 million ($2.44m).
Completing a trifecta of electric hypercars for 2021, including the Automobili Pininfarina Batista and the Lotus Evija, the Rimac Nevera has four electric motors producing a total system output of 1,914 horsepower and 2,360 Nm of torque.
With all-wheel-drive, Rimac claims the Nevera can launch to 60mph in just 1.85 seconds, making it the quickest-accelerating production car ever made – a claim Tesla also makes of its upcoming Model S Plaid, which has a 0-60 time said to be under two seconds. The car hits 100mph in 4.3 seconds and 186mph (300km/h) in just 9.3 seconds, which Rimac says is 2.5 seconds quicker than its initial target time.
The Rimac can complete a standing quarter-mile in just 8.6 seconds, which is 0.8s quicker than the Bugatti Chiron. Top speed for the electric hypercar is a claimed 258mph, while Rimac says the range of the 120kWh battery is up to 340 miles using the WLTP testing standard (and presumably a gentle right foot).
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The Nevera is capable of charging at a range of 500kW, which is far higher than any other electric car currently available. This means a zero to 80 percent recharge time of as little as 19 minutes, providing you plug it into an equally powerful DC charger.
Company founder and CEO Mate Rimac said: “This is it. This is the car I had in mind when I embarked on the ‘impossible’ journey ten years ago. All out hard work has resulted in the Nevera – our record-breaking hypercar. This car was born to outperform, and raise the bar, redefining the norm for performance cars. And not only in performance – but as an all-round package.”
Inside, the Nevera features a trio of high-definition TFT displays and tactile rotary controls machined from billet aluminum, providing an analogue feel in a bid to prevent driver distraction.
Rimac Automobili was founded in 2009, a year after Mate Rimac converted his 1984 BMW 3 Series to battery power at the age of 20, having damaged the car’s engine. Rimac is now a 1,000-employee firm producing hypercars, as well as electric drivetrain components for Aston Martin, Porsche, Pininfarina, Hyundai, Kia, Koenigsegg, Renault, Cupra and others.
Rimac is now planning to expand into a purpose-built, €200m campus on the outskirts of Zagreb, Croatia, with space for 2,500 employees.
Back to the Nevera, and Rimac says the car delivers a 34 percent improvement in aerodynamic efficiency over the early C_Two prototypes built in 2018. Cooling for the brakes and powertrain has been improved by 30 percent at low speeds and seven percent at higher speed.
The company said: “The front bonnet profile, underbody flap, rear diffuser and rear wing can each move independently, driven by complex algorithms that provided the optimum aerodynamic configuration for every driving situation.”
Rimac says the Nevera makes use of the largest single piece of carbon fiber in the entire automotive industry. Forming the roof, structural battery pack and rear subframe, it weighs less than 200kg and includes 222 aluminum inserts. This contributes to the Nevera having “the most rigid structure of any car ever made,” Rimac says.
As much an electronics firm as it is a car maker, Rimac designed and built the Nevera’s 120kWh battery back from scratch, Instead of sitting in the floor, as with most other electric cars, it is H-shaped and sits in part behind the cabin, where the powertrain of a mid-engined car would be. An integral component, the battery adds 37 percent structural stiffness to the carbon fiber monocoque, Rimac says.
Torque vectoring between the four motors means the driver can adjust how the car delivers its power from a front- to a rear-wheel-drive bias. Despite the inevitably high weight, Rimac promises “exemplary body control and ultra-agile handling,” thanks to double wishbone suspension with electronically controlled dampers and active ride height adjustment. Driving modes include Sport, Comfort, Range, Track, Custom and Drift, which increases torque delivery to the rear axle for tire-shredding powerslides on track.
Lastly, Rimac is developing a form of autonomous driving system called the AI Driver Coach. Using cameras and other vision sensors, this world-first system is designed to help teach Rimac Nevera owners how to take the perfect lines at a race track. The system has 12 ultrasonic sensors, 13 cameras, six radars and Nvidia’s Pegasus operating system. Rimac says the system “overlays selected race circuits in real-time, offering clear and precise audio and visual guidance, to enable drivers to perfect their racing lines, braking and acceleration points and steering inputs.”
Driver Coach will be available via an over-the-air software update at some point in 2022, Rimac says.
Priced from €2m, the Nevera is offered in specifications called GT, Signature and Timeless, or customers can choose their own bespoke specification.