The EV is slowly becoming the dominant car of modern times, but some car manufacturers are still making electric vehicles like Tesla was 10 years ago. Back then, Elon Musk’s automaker was building high-performance sports cars to show off how powerful EVs could be. And Rimac is doing that today. Here’s a look at the Rimac Nevera, which looks to be the world’s fastest production car, at least when it comes to acceleration.
Rimac’s powerful claims about the Nevera
Car salesmen are notorious for deceiving shoppers to get a sale, but that’s probably not the case with the Nevera. Rimac claims the Nevera can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in an unbelievable 1.85 seconds, Forbes reports. This would make the Nevera faster than the Tesla Model S Plaid, touted to rocket from 0 to 60 mph in under 2 seconds.
On top of that, Rimac claims the Nevera can do a standing quarter-mile in 8.6 seconds — 0.8 seconds faster than the Bugatti Chiron. So because the Nevera is a production car with a limited run of 150 examples, it would be the fastest production car in the world if its acceleration times were verified.
It’s true, and this video proves it
It was only a matter of time until the Nevera went to the track. And, as it turns out, Rimac’s claims are pretty accurate. The YouTube channel DragTimes got its hands on a Nevera. After rigorous testing, the numbers were in, and they were remarkably close to Rimac’s claims. DragTime’s best 0-60 time for the Nevera was 1.9 seconds, close enough to Rimac’s 1.85-second claim.
Surprisingly, DragTime’s quarter-mile test went even better for the Nevera. DragTime’s best time for the quarter-mile was 8.58 seconds — slightly faster than what Rimac alleged. When the car clocked that time, the crowd and the crew erupted into cheers, as it was proof the Nevera was indeed the fastest production car in the world.
To be clear, the Nevera is the fastest production car in terms of acceleration. In terms of top speed, the Nevera is still a step behind the current recordholder, the Koenigsegg Agera RS. The Nevera boasts a top speed of about 258 mph, but the Agera RS tops out at 277 mph. Plus, there are a handful of controversial cars that may be faster than the Agera RS. This shows that the Nevera has a long road ahead of it in terms of top speed.
An overview of the Rimac Nevera
Rimac is a Croatian company formed to build electric sports cars. That’s exactly why the Nevera accelerates as fast as it can. It has four electric motors, one for each wheel. Combined, they harness about 1,914 hp and 1,740 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, like many hypercars, the Nevera was designed with speed in mind. As such, it uses carbon fiber, seats two, and boasts a super-aerodynamic design.
But despite those weight cuts, the Nevera still weighs a ton — or, more specifically, two tons. Due to its 120-kWh battery, the Nevera weighs just over 4,000 pounds. That’s about as heavy as a pickup truck. Still, the Nevera’s battery allows it to get over 340 miles of range. In theory, it can also recharge from 0% to 80% in 22 minutes.
And all of this can be yours for $2.4 million.