Rimac Nevera is now the world’s fastest EV – 412 km/h top speed

Not that anyone doubted it at all, but Rimac has just proved the Nevera’s outright performance supremacy with a 412 km/h top speed run, making it the fastest electric production car to date.

The feat was achieved at the Automotive Testing Papenburg test track in Germany, an oval circuit with two straights each measuring 4 km long – or just enough space for the Nevera to reach its top speed.

With the car, Michelin Cup 2R tyres, and Racelogic V-Box timing equipment all verified to be in proper working order, the Rimac Nevera set off – in top speed mode of course – with the company’s chief test and development driver, Miro Zrnčević in the hot seat. And as they say, the rest is history… with an asterisk.

While the 412 km/h top speed is indeed the fastest speed ever measured on a production electric vehicle, it was done over only one run, like the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+’s record, instead of the two-way average as required to be indicted into the Guinness Book of Records.

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The two-way average speed, done in opposing directions, was meant to account for the differences in wind and environmental conditions. Still, 412 km/h is an insane number to wrap our heads around, especially on an EV – where it’s notoriously even harder to achieve.

Incidentally, the 412 km/h figure also matches the original target speed set by Rimac when the car was first shown off at the 2018 Geneva auto show, although the customers cars will all be limited to (just) 352 km/h – unless during special customer events, with the support from the Rimac team and under controlled conditions.

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If top speed isn’t your thing, however, the good news is that you won’t need Rimac’s approval to replicate its 8.582-second quarter-mile run in 2021, which made the Nevera the world’s fastest accelerating production car.

The Rimac Nevera is powered by four Rimac-designed electric motors, one in each wheel, to make a mind-bending 1,914 hp and 2,360 Nm total output. Its century sprint time is officially rated in just 1.97 seconds, and 0-100 mph (161 km/h) takes just 4.3 seconds – quicker than what it takes many sportscars to even reach 100 km/h.

Production for the Rimac Nevera is already underway at its headquarters near Zagreb, Croatia, with the first unit already delivered back in August to 2016 Formula 1 champion Nico Rosberg.


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