One Record is Impressive. But 23 for Rimac?
The Rimac Nevera is a car which shines a light into the future of hypercars. It's a vehicle that displays the best of what the world has to offer in the form of an EV. Everything about the Rimac is mind-blowing. Let's start with power. It produces 1,426 kW and 3,600 Nm of torque. That stat on its own is undeniably impressive.
Furthermore, with this mountain of torque, there's bound to be a massive loss of traction, or so you would think. It rockets from 0-100 km/h in 1.82 seconds, 0-200 in 4.4 seconds and 0-400 km/h in less than 30 seconds. Yes, some of these records were broken this week.
What does this mean for brands like Bugatti? The Nevera's electric motors allow it to get off the line stupidly fast, but top speed is traditionally the Achilles heel for electric vehicles. Yes, 415 km/h is ludicrously fast, but it doesn't match the speed of cars like the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport at 489 km/h, Bugatti Bolide at 500 km/h and the Hennessey F5 Venom with an estimated 482+ km/h. But in all fairness, I am confident you won't be doing 400 km/h on your daily commute.
Back to the records at hand: these 23 records are exclusively involved with acceleration and braking. But some of the stand-out records are as follows. The standing quarter mile is 8.26 seconds, and the half-mile is 12.82 seconds. It went from 100-0 km/h in 29.12 meters and did 0-400 km/h in 21.32 seconds. It even did a 100-200 km/h time of 2.59 secs.
Achievements like these aren't all too common, and it could very well be a while until we see similar figures. Perhaps the biggest imminent EV threat for some of these records comes from the McMurtry Spéirling corner, but then again, 300 km/h looks to be a stretch for that little car.
As it stands, the Rimac Nevera is the king of EV hypercars, and it really gets you thinking about what the near future holds for electric vehicles. As far as we know, most EVs get off the line quickly, maybe not at Rimac speeds, but the rules of physics seem to be bent in the workshops of these crazy manufacturers.