Since the launch of the Concept One in 2013, Rimac has comfortably sat at the front of the line for all-electric supercars – which is easy when you’re in a class of one. The unfortunate side effect of development costs, however, is the retail cost, which was $980,000 back in 2013, and with production limited to just 88 examples worldwide, it was unlikely you would see them outside the confines of ultra-luxurious places like Monaco, Monte Carlo, and others of the like.
But to make a long story short, the idea of this status symbol meant that even with the small run, Rimac made its money back because the nouveau riche love the numbers the car produced enough to gobble all 88 cars up, if only to say they had the best car in town. Now, with its car, the Nevera, Rimac has upped the number and will produce 150 examples. Here are some fast facts about the Nevera that car nerds would love to know.
In order to give you the most up-to-date and accurate information possible, the data used to compile this article was sourced from Rimac Automobili’s official website and brochure, as well as other authoritative sources, including Car and Driver.
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1 Up To 1,914 Horsepower Combined
If numbers are the name of the game, then the engineers at Rimac gave the Nevera quite a repertoire, and that starts with the motor. The Nevera has four motors, with one for each wheel, much like the Concept One.
- Each wheel has its own motor.
- Each motor makes 478 horsepower.
- Single speed reduction gearbox between motor and wheel.
- Each motor and gearbox combination can provide up to 2,476 pound-feet of torque.
- Currently the second most powerful electric car in the world.
Unlike the Concept One, however, the Nevera produces 1,914 horsepower and an astonishing 9,905 pound-feet of torque combined. By contrast, the long-time standard of performance, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, had 1,200 horsepower and 1,106 pound-feet.
2 304 Miles Of Range On A Full Charge
Electric cars have to carry their batteries on board, and many companies try to find the balance between higher capacity for more range versus weight savings for less power consumption.
- Liquid-cooled batteries make for more efficient power usage and longer lifespan.
- Lithium Manganese Nickel chemical makeup for a more thermally stable battery.
- Fast charging capable, at 500 kW DC.
- Maximum Voltage of 730 Volts.
- It has an on-board 22 kW charger.
Rimac is no exception to this compromise and has given the Nevera a 120 kWh battery, which is projected to give 304 miles of range on the WLTP cycle. On its own, that figure is par for the course, but that’s for regular electric cars, not supercars. By contrast, other electric supercars have yet to breach 300 miles.
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3 Rimac Has Made Generous Use Of Carbon Fiber Here
Like most supercars in the modern era, the Nevera makes copious use of carbon fiber in its chassis – in particular, the carbon fiber monocoque and the bodywork.
- The whole monocoque weighs less than 200 kilograms
- Made in-house by hand by Rimac’s engineers.
- It makes use of 2200 carbon fiber plys for increased thickness and strength.
- Fully crash-tested and compliant.
- Saved weight on a very heavy car without any compromises.
Yes, the engineers make the front and rear subframes out of metal, but the Nevera sports the largest single-piece monocoque made of carbon fiber currently in production. Still, even with that weight saving, the Nevera tips the scales at 5,070 pounds, making it much heavier than its competitors.
4 A Top Speed Of 258 MPH Is Mighty Impressive For An EV
0-60 mph in 1.75 seconds!
Despite the weight of 5,070 pounds, however, the power and torque delivered to all four of the Nevera’s wheels are capable of taking the car all the way to 258 miles per hour, and it finishes the quarter mile in a dizzying 8.25 seconds. By any measure, those numbers place the Nevera high up on the list of fastest cars in the world.
Interesting Performance Specs
- Those numbers were achieved at the Automotive Testing Papenburg facility in Germany.
- Faster than the Lotus Evija, with a top speed of 218 mph.
- Fastest electric car in the world
- Fastest quarter-mile time in the world.
- Verified by timing provider Racelogic and Dewesoft
Yet another win for the EV crowd. Even better, the Nevera can get from 0 to 60 mph in a scant 1.75 seconds, making it one of the fastest-accelerating supercars in existence. If that’s not enough, the Nevera also holds the Guinness World Record for Fastest Car in Reverse, with a top de-restricted speed of 258 mph.
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5 The Nevera Features All-Wheel Vectoring
Lightning quick it might be on the drag strip, the Nevera was also made with track use in mind. To that end, Rimac has given the Nevera Intelligent All-Wheel Vectoring, to aid in cornering at high speeds.
Through the use of sensors and computers, the Nevera is able to calculate the optimal amount of power and torque to send to each wheel while going through a corner. The end result of this is a car that has set an official lap time of 7:05.298 minutes at the Nürburgring. That makes it the 22nd fastest car to go around the fabled test track.
6 Strategic Placement Of The Battery Box In The Chassis
The battery forms the backbone of the Nevera
Part of the performance success of the Nevera is down to the Battery, or specifically how it’s mounted to the chassis. Instead of it being placed on top of the chassis, Rimac has made the battery and the box it sits in an integral part of the chassis.
- Battery pack built in-house by Rimac in Croatia.
- 6,960 total number of battery cells.
- The battery box is made of carbon fiber.
- Unique H-Shape provides ample rigidity for the minimal form factor.
- Weighs more than the monocoque at 1,602 pounds.
Being a stressed member of the chassis, it provides a lot, if not most of the strength instead of just being ballast in the car. To be specific, it accounts for 37-percent of the Nevera’s overall structural rigidity. On top of that, the battery sits low and close to the ground, giving the Nevera a lower center of gravity for a better grip and cornering feel.
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7 The Nevera Has An Onboard A.I. Driving Coach
It helps you improve your lap times
For the more track-focused buyer, the Rimac Nevera is decidedly part of the 21st Century with an AI performance analyzer. Drive Coach is Rimac’s on-board AI that tracks and measures a driver’s capability and potential, and even provides ways and places to improve one’s lap time.
- Drive Coach analyzes your on-board telemetry.
- Provides real-time line improvement strategies.
- It works in tandem with the onboard computer to learn your driving style and the track layout.
- It stores up to six terabytes of data on you, the track, and the conditions for analysis.
- Shares track data among other Neveras to assist in learning new tracks faster.
The car is so high-tech that it sends this data to the owner via the Rimac App, and back to Rimac themselves, who use the data for development purposes. Anonymously, of course. What may not be anonymous is that the same data can be shared with the other 149 Nevera owners, because who wouldn’t want such a small community knowing exactly how you spun your multi-million dollar hypercar at Corner 1?
8 The Nevera Holds 24 World Records
23 of them were set in one day!
While many car companies would be ecstatic at breaking one record, Rimac broke 23 with the Nevera – on the same day. It set records for acceleration from 0 to 100 mph, 120 mph, 130 mph, 250 mph, and even braking tests like the 0-250 mph-0 test.
Things to know
- The Nevera also broke several rolling acceleration records, like from 200kph to 250kph.
- All records were set in one location: Automotive Testing Papenburg in Germany.
- Rimac knew which records they would break because of their accurate simulations.
- The Nevera accelerated from 0-60kph 0.1 seconds faster than expected.
- Accelerated from 0 to 200 miles per hour in under 11 seconds.
Though these may not have been official Guinness records, they were verified by Racelogic and Dewesoft, which does mean the records are scientifically accurate. On top of this, the Rimac also set an Official Guinness World Record, driving in reverse at 171.34 miles per hour.
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If the facts and figures aren’t enough to convince you of the Nevera’s capabilities, then maybe renowned Italian design studio Automobili Pininfarina will, with its Pininfarina Battista. The Italian Electric supercar, of which only 150 will be built, is capable of 0 to 60 mph in 1.75 seconds and can do a top speed of 258 miles per hour.
- There are only 150 copies worldwide of the Pininfarina Battista, the same as the Nevera.
- The Battista is the result of Rimac and Pininfarina’s collaboration.
- The cars are nearly identical.
- The Battista can also accelerate from 0 to 60 in 1.8 seconds.
- The Battista has a top speed of 222 MPH.
If those figures sound familiar, it’s because the Battista, though designed by Automobili Pininfarina, is 100-percent Rimac under the bodywork. Peel it back, and it is exactly the same as the Nevera, down to the last strand of carbon fiber. If it’s good enough for Pininfarina, then it must be good enough for regular folk, right?
10 It Can Set You Back By Up To $3 Million
The MSRP can buy owners a fairly roomy castle in Scotland
Lastly, no supercar worth its weight in gold wouldn’t be complete without, well, being worth its weight in gold. The recent uptick in supercar prices means that cars like the Rimac Nevera cost well over a million dollars.
Things to know
- It costs less than its main rival, the Lotus Evija.
- Only 150 examples will be made worldwide, and all are sold out.
- Nevera #001 was sold to Former F1 Champion Nico Rosberg.
- Rimac has no plans of making more Neveras at the moment.
- The Nevera’s price can go as high as 3 million USD.
In fact, the Nevera is projected to cost anywhere between $2.2 and $3 million, which is a hefty sum for even the multi-millionaires Rimac is trying to attract. With the world reeling from the pandemic, and NFT millionaires looking for the next big thing to invest in, though, perhaps Rimac is right on the money with its pricing. After all, you only live once, right?