Electric cars are the future but it seems the future is here already. Even though Tesla was not the first to make an Electric car they have led the charge with the electric revolution. But Rimac has come to take over.
Croatian company Rimac came out with the Concept_One in 2014 which was their first electric car with over 1200hp. The C_TWO was introduced in 2018 and was later known as the Nevera. The Nevera is currently the fastest accelerating car in the world and here’s what you need to know about it.
Mate says they wanted the final name of the car to be meaningful and represent their Croatian roots. Formerly known as the C_TWO in concept form has now been changed to the Nevera. The name “Nevera” refers to a summer storm off The Mediterranean coast that comes suddenly and is a combination of lightning, strong winds, and rain. A force of nature just like the NEVERA.
Being all-electric gives this hypercar a bespoke but still traditional layout. Rimac is very proud to announce that every component on the Nevera has been designed and developed specifically for the car. No carry-over parts from other models exist on this new platform.
2 electric motors sit on the front axle and well as 2 more sitting on the rear axle giving it an all-wheel-drive layout. Each axle has been set up to optimize the front/rear-drive ratio. In theory, if set up freely a 100% power can be sent to any wheel. But for conventional purposes, 100% power can be sent to either the front or rear wheels. So you can end up making your car a very fast tire slaying golf or more power to the rear wheels than a hellcat. This setup allows for a drift mode for big smoky burnouts and slides.
The 4 motors combine to give a power output of 1914hp and 2360Nm of torque. It is more powerful than any production combustion car on the planet. It has an electric range of 340 miles (550km).
Cooling is essential for most cars and most people would think electric cars don’t need cooling vents but they do. Each powertrain has a front and rear has its cooling system. These systems help cool down the batteries when they get hot under max performance. If you remember Teslas preheat their batteries for better performance.
The Nevera has a 120KwH battery which is the biggest battery fitted to any electric car. But unlike other electric offerings, the seating position is still low. This is due to the clever decision to integrate the battery with the tub. It’s also placed neatly in the center of the car giving the car great weight distribution and a lower center of gravity. If you have an ultrafast 350KwH charger can be charged to 80% in 20 mins. Regenerative braking is also a feature on this car that helps recharge the battery under braking.
The car starts with an all Carbon fiber monocoque Chassis. It is the biggest carbon fiber structure of any car with the front and rear crash structure being part of the carbon tub. The battery structure is also integrated into the tub. This tub weighs just 200kg and has 70,000 Nm of stiffness which Rimac says makes it the stiffest car ever made. The car in total weighs 2150kg which is very heavy for any sports car. But the powerful electric drivetrain makes this a very fast car
People have come to expect electric cars to be devoid of buttons like Tesla, Audi, and even Porsche. While the Nevera does have a bespoke touchscreen and interface there are large dials for the most used functions. Powertrain modes and torque distribution can be selected by interacting with the knobs in the center console. These knobs have little screens in them that show information related to your selection.
Huge touchscreen in front of the driver and center console. The driver screen for the most part has technical information about the car displayed. The center screen is used for the car’s infotainment functions. Passengers also get a screen just like the ones in modern Ferraris that display essential information.
Fine materials like leather have been used on the steering wheel and seats. Carbon fiber is a norm on most supercars and this is no different.
Surprisingly for a car of this class, it has usable cargo space in the rear. It’s not much but enough for small luggage for a weekend trip.
2 cameras have been integrated into the car for telemetry, very handy on a race track. These cameras record everything and include track data to help you improve. The car also has Autonomous driving capabilities, radar cruise control, and various other driver assists. A unique function is known as “AI driver coach” which learns your track and shows you the perfect line to follow to improve your lap times. This stuff is similar to what we find in most video games with an overlay of the track and lines on the infotainment screen.
The car has been made slippery for aerodynamics as well as improve range of the batteries. It is a very elegant car that has some design cues from the Concept_One. Starting with the headlights, they look like an evolution of the ones found on the concept one. The hood has an extraction duct that releases hot from the
Butterfly doors make the car look cool and with cutouts in the roof like the 720s. These doors make exit and entry much easier and cooler. Mirrors are beautiful with slim extended arms just like a LaFerrari. Side vents feed air to the rear motors but the
The rear is quite clever in its design, no engine but vents are integrated into the lights to dissipate any unwanted heat and a very large active rear wing
As mentioned earlier cooling is still needed for electric cars and that has to be dealt with in conjunction with optimizing Aerodynamics. Once cooling is dealt with proper airflow has to be taken care of to maximize performance. The front splitter has an active flap integrated into it. That flap works together with the active reap spoiler which extends to the bottom of the diffuser. When in motion the spoiler can control how much air goes over the car as well as under the diffuser. It can also act as an air brake to slow down the car.
1914hp is no small number and can help achieve some crazy times. Carbon ceramic brakes discs and pads help stop this powerhouse while charging the batteries via regen braking. Drive modes include Cruise, Sport, Track, Drift, and range for long-distance driving. Custom 1 and custom 2 are extra modes for your custom drivetrain setting like BMW’s M1 and M2.
Rimac was initially targeting a 60 time of under 2 seconds and a quarter-mile of 8.52 seconds. The top speed is projected to be 258mph making this the fastest electric car in production. It now holds the title of the fastest accelerating production car ever made.
The Rimac Nevera will be limited to 150 units with a starting price of $2.4 million. Customers will add options of course which should see prices go beyond that.
If you had more than $2 million dollars would you buy the fastest electric car made today or would you spend it somewhere else?