If you’re familiar with the Rimac Nevera, you already know it’s not your average EV. The electric supercar has now added another epic achievement to its long list. At the renowned Goodwood Festival of Speed Hill Climb last weekend, the Nevera blazed through the course, smashing the previous record with a mind-blowing time of 49.32 seconds. Not only does this set a new record for an electric production car, but it also secured the seventh spot among all vehicles that day. The Rimac Nevera now proudly wears the crown as the fastest electric production car ever to conquer this challenge and is also the fastest production car of the year.
At the Supercar Shootout during Goodwood, cars are divided into different groups and in the class for the fastest vehicles, the Nevera stood as the sole EV. Behind the wheel was none other than Miroslav Zrnčević, the Chief Test and Development Driver of Bugatti Rimac. After the record-breaking race, Zrnčević revealed that beating the narrow Goodwood hillclimb was no easy feat, but also saw it as the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the groundbreaking achievements of Rimac’s design and engineering teams.
In a press release, Zrnčević expressed, “Taking on the narrow hillclimb at Goodwood, with its tight corners and off-camber sections, is actually one of the scariest places to drive a car quickly. But this is the record-setting year for the Nevera, and Goodwood hillclimb was yet another challenge to conquer. With tens of thousands watching on-site and millions more online, there’s a fine-line between glory and a trip into the hay bales, but I’m so happy to have showcased the incredible work of the design and engineering teams with another verified record for this revolutionary car.”
At the Festival, Rimac Automobili went the extra mile and treated VIPs and customers to an electrifying ride in the remarkable Nevera. It’s worth mentioning that Nevera’s record-breaking time of 49.32 seconds is a big deal because it’s a production vehicle. While there have been faster times set by other EVs, such as the McMurtry Speirling electric clocking in at 39.08 seconds last year, or the Volkswagen ID.R completing it in 41.18 seconds, they don’t fall under the same production specifications.
The “key” to the Nevera’s incredible speed lies in its “advanced battery system, powertrain and software, all developed in-house at the Rimac Group.” What sets it apart is the presence of two individual motors in both the front and rear powertrains, enabling each wheel to receive dedicated power. According to the car manufacturer, “At the rear, a 1MW dual inverter enables 900Nm and 470kW per motor, while an entirely bespoke front powertrain is designed to deliver optimum power and control.”
Overseeing all systems are Rimac’s electronic control units, along with an NVIDIA Pegasus-based supercomputer, working together to create the Rimac All-Wheel Torque Vectoring 2. Under the hood, the Nevera boasts four electric motors, generating an astonishing 1,914 horsepower and 1,714 pound-feet of torque. Fueling this beast is a robust 120.0-kilowatt-hour battery pack. During its track testing earlier this year, the supercar showcased its dominance by setting an impressive 23 new performance records, including an astonishing 0 to 249 miles per hour and back to 0 time of just 29.94 seconds.
Rimac intends to manufacture a mere 150 Nevera units to be sold worldwide. Currently, this revolutionary EV is being assembled just outside Zagreb with deliveries already underway to customers all across the globe.
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