Proudly Made In Croatia: Inside Rimac’s Electric Hypercar, Nevera
With its latest beast Nevera, Rimac has given the world a glimpse of what the automaker can create. There is
With its latest beast Nevera, Rimac has given the world a glimpse of what the automaker can create.
There is no doubt that the Rimac Nevera is a milestone in electric hypercars. Compared to many of its contemporaries, powered by ICs, this car will have four electric motors aiding its speed, power, and potency. There are already several Neveras being assembled at Rimac factories that will be delivered to customers soon enough; each vehicle will take five to six weeks at the final assembly line, while many of its parts and systems are manufactured months in advance.
The first Nevera was exhibited at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last month in a series of full-throttle sideways runs up the famous Hillclimb of the famous Goodwood Estate in a striking pearlescent shade of Callisto Green to complement its painted graphite vertex wheels and a sand Alcantara interior. With a numbered plaque on the side of the car, it is known as car ‘000’ and will remain in possession of Bugatti Rimac as a demonstrator and marketing vehicle for years to come.
An Electrified Hypercar
Several technologies have been developed specifically for the Nevera, like an entirely new generation battery system, a new age inverter, a gearbox, a motor, control systems, infotainment, and many more. Over the development process of more than two years, the powertrain was redesigned three times, pushing the envelope of performance further and further with each iteration; it also pushed the boundaries of what was possible.
There is hardly anything that compares to the Nevera regarding electric hypercars. However, because this car is powered by four electric motors, it is currently the fastest electric vehicle on the planet. Based on the power ratings of the combined motors, the total power rating of this machine is 120 kWh. The power output of this machine is 1,914 BHP and 1,741 lb-ft of twist force. A bit of sidewall wear is evident on the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires mounted on the car, with the front rubber sized 275/35ZR-20 and the rear rubber sized 315/35ZR-20. Additionally, there may also be a practical factor at work here, as a car that is pushing 5,100 lbs may need tires with a bit more space to carry the air it generates.
To honor its homeland, the name Nevera itself means a Mediterranean summer storm that occurs unexpectedly off the coast of Croatia. For this reason, too, the Nevera can change from a comfortable, competent grand tourer to a razor-sharp performance machine in the blink of an eye in just a few seconds. For example, the 0 to 60 mph mark is reached by this machine in just 1.85 seconds, while the 100 mph is accomplished in just 4.3 seconds.
A Passive-Aggressive Design
The design isn’t flashy by any means besides the swaths of carbon fiber that cover the body. In addition, the doors seem to fly upwards as soon as one opens them. The Nevera’s front end is sleek and rather unassuming, while its rear is sharper, but the angles might not be the most appealing from a design perspective.
It is worth noting that the Nevera has been designed and developed completely from scratch by
Rimac, and naturally, most of its key systems are built in-house as well. The team set a high level of performance for the Nevera project, and as a result, every major component of the vehicle had to be custom-designed and manufactured so that its performance expectations would go hand in hand without compromise whatsoever.
A Glimpse Of The Future
It is the same story when one takes a seat in the driver’s seat. Like in most modern cars, there’s a giant touchscreen in the center console, a lot of leather, and a ton of controls on the steering wheel that handle audio and infotainment functions. The seats aren’t anything out of this world either; nevertheless, they are two well-bolstered buckets covered in Alcantara with adequate cushioning and a solid backrest.
Nothing is more stunning than the cabin of the Rimac Nevera, which is minimalistic without taking away from the luxury it offers. The Rimac Nevera is all about fine attention to detail and extravagance on the inside as well as outside.
Three high-definition TFT screens are located inside this hypercar: one in front of the driver, one in the center console, and one before the front passenger. The screens aid the seamless driving experience for the driver. Rimac Nevera will provide drivers with increased road performance and comfort. Besides monitoring acceleration, torque, and other performance data, drivers can use the screens for navigation, climate control, entertainment, and even their phones. Performance data can be downloaded and reviewed later.
This car comes with an AI Driver Coach. With the AI Driver Coach, users can improve their driving skills and perform at their best. The AI driver coach will allow drivers to evaluate their performance and make better decisions on the track. A total of 12 ultrasonic sensors, 13 cameras, 6 radars, and the latest NVIDIA Pegasus operating system are used to accomplish this. After gathering the necessary information, the coach will provide precise audio and visual guidance to improve driving on racetracks, such as braking, acceleration, and other aspects.
As well as having a number plate in the cabin, one will also notice that the badge proudly states that this car is designed, engineered, and made in Zagreb, Croatia.
In total, only 150 Nevera units will be built by Rimac, each selling for approximately $2.1 million. GT, Signature, and Timeless trim levels are the available variants, while the bespoke edition allows further customizations.
Even though Nevera production has already sold out a year in advance, customers are eager to witness the world’s fastest electric hypercar as soon as possible. In addition, F1 driver Nico Rosberg is also one of the first customers of this Croatian hypercar.