Rimac Nevera sets world speed record for production electric car at 258 MPH – Forbes | CarTailz

Rimac Nevera has set a top speed record for production electric vehicles at 412 km/h. For those who enjoyed the opening sequence of Top Gun: Maverick this past summer, that’s a third of the speed of sound rolling on four Michelin Cup 2Rs.

Nevera’s top speed is also the highest ever recorded for any type of car on the 7.64-mile (12.3-kilometer) oval German Automobile Test Papenburg (ATP) complex, which spans two east-west straights with a Length of each 4 kilometers or just under a few feet features less than two and a half miles (2.485 miles) long.

With a run-up of 155 mph (250 km/h) from the banked corner of the oval, Rimac’s chief development driver Miro Zrnčević entered the straight.

According to Zrnčević, the car was “composed and stable… which confirms that our aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics teams have done an excellent job.” Nevera was developed “on the tube” to achieve such speed. Computational fluid dynamics and quarter-scale wind tunnel models are one thing, action is another. It only counts when you hold the speedometer.

Can a buyer perform the same on an empty highway in Arabia or on the way to Jackson Hole? Well no. Nevera will ship to customers with a limited top speed of 352 km/h (219 mph), which is typical of most supercars and hypercars as the tire technology can easily handle that speed while delivering excellent cornering ability at speeds below 200 mph. But customers who have top gun desires can attend future customer events on closed courses for years to come, under the close supervision of the Rimac team. Pneumatic street tires get unhappy well past 240 mph, and it’s the tires that limit turnover on the open road in the wilderness. At customer events, the Rimac team ensures perfect tires, the customer is checked and can then feel the limits of what is possible.

Nevera produces 1914 horsepower equivalents from four Rimac-designed electric motors, one at each wheel, which propel the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 1.85 seconds and to 100 mph in 4.3 seconds. Nevera had previously set a quarter-mile acceleration record of 8.582 seconds in 2021, making it the world’s fastest production car, whether petrol or electric, without exception.

Nevera is a production car, one that you can buy and drive to the local bistro in comfort. I drove Nevera’s half-cousin, the Pininfarina Battista, on open roads for about two hours and enjoyed its effortlessly brutal acceleration. Nevera is a great example of how far we’ve come. I was in Ft. Stockton, Texas in 1987 when AJ Foyt strapped himself into the Oldsmobile Aerotech to set a closed course record of 413 km/h or 257.124 mph, not much different from the speed of the street-legal Nevera. Granted, Foyt completed a full lap and the Nevera only touched top speed briefly, but the measurable is there. Beneath the Aerotech’s sleek longtail body was nothing more than a March Indycar chassis, powered by an absolutely raw turbocharged engine that mimicked the architecture of GM’s Quad 4 series engine. At take off you could smell the fuel in the air, in reality a ragged competition engine. It had nothing to do with a production car. I remember when my childhood hero Foyt ordered the mechanics to put duct tape over the fresh air vents that fed him into the bladder, so determined he wanted to make the record. How far have we come, how much has Rimac achieved.

Nevera has started production at Rimac’s Porsche-funded plant near Zagreb, Croatia, and the first customer cars have been delivered. Remember that Bugatti is now partnered with Rimac and placed in the hands of company founder Mate Rimac. And Miro Zrnčević, we greet you.

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