The Rimac Nevera (pronounced: [rǐːmat͡s něʋeːra]) is an all-electric sports car designed and manufactured by the Croatian automotive manufacturer Rimac Automobili.[5] The first production prototype car was released in August 2021.[6][7] Nevera production has been limited to 150 vehicles.[8][9] Having completed crash testing for homologation, Rimac planned to deliver the Nevera to customers in mid-2022.[10][11] The first production spec Nevera was delivered in August 2022.[1] Deliveries to the United States started in June 2023.[12] The Nevera is manufactured in the same factory and at the same rate (of roughly 1 per week) as the Pininfarina Battista, which is based on the same platform.[13]

Rimac Nevera
ManufacturerRimac Automobili
Also calledRimac C_Two (concept)
AssemblyCroatia: Sveta Nedelja (Bugatti Rimac Headquarters); Veliko Trgovišće[2]
DesignerAdriano Mudri (exterior)
Body and chassis
ClassSports car (S)
Body style2-door coupé
LayoutIndividual-wheel drive
RelatedPininfarina Battista
Electric motor4 liquid-cooled permanent magnet synchronous electric motors placed at each wheel
Power output1,408 kW (1,888 hp; 1,914 PS)
TransmissionSingle-speed gearboxes (front and rear)
Battery120 kWh Lithium Manganese Nickel [3]
Electric range490 km (300 miles)[4]
Wheelbase2,745 mm (108.1 in)[4]
Length4,750 mm (187.0 in)[4]
Width1,986 mm (78.2 in)[4]
Height1,208 mm (47.6 in)[4]
Curb weight2,300 kg (5,100 lb)[3]
PredecessorRimac Concept One

Overview edit

Rimac C_Two

The car was unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show as the Rimac C_Two; it was later renamed to the Nevera upon its launch. It is the automaker's second car after the Rimac Concept One. Rimac described its development as "pursuit of the ultimate electric hypercar driving experience".

The name Nevera comes from the Croatian word for sudden and short storms, usually accompanied by lightning, which occur primarily along the Croatian Adriatic coast.[14][15]

Development edit

The Nevera was initially revealed as the C_Two concept car. Since 2018, Rimac spent over three years refining the car as part of an extensive test and development programme. Almost all key components of the Nevera are designed and manufactured at Rimac's headquarters near Zagreb, Croatia.[16]

During the global homologation process, the company constructed 4 prototypes for different testing purposes.[2]

In June 2020, Rimac opened a new facility in Veliko Trgovišće which serves as the assembly for Nevera homologation prototypes as well as production vehicles for customers. At full capacity, it was planned that the facility would produce 4 vehicles per month, including an additional 13 prototype vehicles for homologation testing to destruction and 10 pre-production vehicles, by the end of 2020.[2] YouTuber and automotive influencer, Misha Charoudin, was amongst the first people to test the Rimac Nevera, test driving a prototype on a closed circuit track.[17][18]

In February 2022, after four years of testing, the crash test program for the global homologation of the Nevera was completed, when US passive safety tests were completed. European crash testing had already been completed in 2021.[19]

Production edit

In August 2022, 2016 Formula One World Champion Nico Rosberg took delivery of car number 1 of a planned production run of 150.[20] As of May, 2024, it was reported that more than 50 vehicles were delivered to customers, stating that the pace was slower than anticipated.[21]

Performance edit

Each of the Nevera's four wheels is individually driven by surface-mounted magnet motors. Combined, they produce a total of 1,914 PS (1,408 kW; 1,888 hp) and 2,360 N⋅m (1,741 lb⋅ft) of torque.[22][23][24] Each set of wheels, front and rear, has a single-speed gearbox to allow full torque to be applied left or right of that axle.[25]

On 15 November 2022, Rimac released two videos showing the car reaching 412 km/h (256 mph) on the Automotive Testing Papenburg track in Germany, leading to media outlets calling it the "fastest electric car in the world".[26]

Rimac announced on May 17, 2023, that the Nevera set 23 performance records in a single day, including 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) in 1.74 s, 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 1.82 s, 402 m (14 mi) in 8.25 s, and 0–400–0 km/h (0–249–0 mph) in 29.93 s.[27]

On July 17, 2023, it set the record for the fastest production EV car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, clocking at 49.32 seconds.[28]

On August 18, 2023, it set the record for the fastest production EV car at the Nürburgring, at 7:05.298 minutes, driven by Croatian driver Martin Kodrić.[29]

Features and specifications edit

While also advertising a maximum range of 647 km (402 mi) on the NEDC test cycle,[30][31] and 490 km (300 mi) on the WLTP driving cycle, the car is also claimed to be able to complete two consecutive laps of the Nürburgring with a negligible drop in performance.[32] Rimac claims the car was designed to be very durable and could be driven hard. In addition to this, the car has sensors needed for SAE Level 4 of autonomous driving (for when an upgrade has been developed enable them)[33] with full advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS).[34] If connected to a fast charger, it can be recharged to 80% in less than 30 minutes.[35] The car features an entirely new design and does away with the conventional doors, now incorporating butterfly doors instead. It also has a fire extinguisher in the back held in by a leather strap embossed with the words "In case of hill climb, extinguish fire", a reference to The Grand Tour host Richard Hammond who crashed a Concept One during a hill climb, causing it to catch on fire; Hammond survived the crash with a broken leg.[36]

Reception edit

Jonathan Lopez of Top Speed magazine acclaimed the Nevera stating that "it is an absolute game changer, and not just in the EV segment. Between the onboard tech and mind-boggling performance specs, this machine has the goods to take on the best of the best."[37]

Tom Ford of Top Gear tested the early prototype in March 2020. He praised the "punch out" in the corners despite the weight of the car, as well as giving plenty of feedback, concluding that "it tastes good raw, even without the torque-vectoring wizardry. ... But with a base car that shows this level of promise, and a company that focuses on fun rather than figures, this bodes well."[38]

Vlad Savov of The Verge criticized its looks by describing them as "anonymous and unexciting", and describing them as less flamboyant than that of Lamborghini Huracán, but admitted that the car is "more forgiving and accommodating than most other hypercars", but also stated that the readouts on the infotainment were too distracting.[39]

Production version edit

Top Gear, in its 2021 review of a pre-production vehicle, praised the "head spinning performance, incredible tech, ultra-stiff chassis, engineering and build quality" but noted that the brakes need getting used to and some detail finessing, giving it 9 out of 10.[25] Chris Perkins, writing for Road & Track, called the acceleration "savage and unrelenting", noting that the "step up in performance between 'quite fast' and 'so fast it makes breathing difficult' is quite something", and ultimately calling it "the most advanced, most powerful, quickest car out there".[40] Car and Driver had similar impressions in its review, stating that "hypercars like the Nevera aren't for everyone, but there's no denying its significance as the moment a battery-powered car toppled the Bugatti Chiron. The internal-combustion engine may never catch up".[41] Robb Report journalist Ben Oliver noted in his impressions while driving the car that "the noise adds to the drama, as much psychological as physical, in a way no other road car can match, making for a dangerously charismatic split personality worth every one of its seven figures".[42]

Acknowledgements edit

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