If fast Teslas and Porsche Taycans no longer pass muster in your book, don’t worry, for there’s a typhoon coming your way. A pretty silent one, at that. Made by a Croatian company that all but car geeks know about, the Rimac Nevera will run circles around any outgoing Tesla. It will make mincemeat of petrol-powered Ferraris and Lamborghinis without even breaking a sweat! And oh, this all-electric hypercar will have, maybe, 150 units to represent itself worldwide.
Named after a Mediterranean storm off the coast of Croatia, the Rimac Nevera looks like it will do some crazy speeds. While some looks can be deceptive, that is certainly not the case here. The Nevera goes as fast as you would expect a hypercar that’s named after a storm would. According to Rimac Automobili, this hypercar has been designed to be a comfortable grand tourer and an ultra-focused performance machine. You might expect a hypercar like the Nevera to have some really cool and interesting design details on the outside, and it does.
However, unlike the Italians, this Croatian is all about a ‘form-follows-function’ philosophy. So, of course, the multiple aerodynamically motivated surfaces include air channels, intakes, splitters, underbody flaps, functional breathers, a massive computer-controlled rear wing, and a multi-channel rear diffuser. All of these are there to ensure that you go flying down the road (or track), not up into the air. Is the Rimac Nevera a particularly beautiful design? Well, it sure isn’t as flashy as a Lamborghini or a Pagani. But then it certainly looks like a hypercar, especially with its gorgeous butterfly doors open. While styling in a super-fast hypercar is important, what’s even more critical is downforce.
When it comes to downforce, the Rimac Nevera has two settings to choose from – ‘low drag’ and ‘high downforce’ modes. If the driver selects the former, the computers (running complex algorithms) ensure that all the active aerodynamic elements work in tandem so as to reduce the drag as much as possible. On the flip side, if you switch over to ‘high downforce’ mode, the same computers and active aeros will provide as much as 326 percent more downforce than normal. And that is insane! Weight is definitely the enemy of performance, and when you are building a limited-run hypercar, you don’t want that. Therefore, Rimac has built the whole structure of the Nevera using carbon fiber. Well, of course it has.
In fact, the Rimac Nevera features an all-carbon-fiber monocoque construction. This doesn’t just include the roof and the whole rear subframe but also the structurally integrated battery pack. Combined, the Nevera boasts the largest single carbon-fiber piece in the entire automotive industry, and the whole main structure weighs less than 200 kg. Obviously, with all that carbon fiber, one would think that the Nevera barely weighs more than a medium-sized pillow – well, it actually comes in at over 2.1 tons!
Moving on to the inside, everything that you see and touch is specific to the Rimac Nevera. Almost nothing is borrowed from the parts of any other automaker or OEM – making this interior feel that much more special. Since it is also meant to perform grand tourer duties, the Nevera’s cabin is designed to be spacious and comfortable for the two occupants.
There’s high-quality, hand-stitched leather along with billet aluminium controls and dual high-definition digital screens (plus a small one for the co-driver). Features in the Nevera come in the form of automatic climate control and power-operated seats and the Rimac Driver Coach function that evaluates and helps drivers perform better on the track. It also comes with a bunch of cameras, radars, and ultrasonic sensors to assist drivers in almost every driving situation.
While the Rimac Nevera may be heavy, it has plenty of power on offer. The electric powertrain of the Nevera is mainly composed of a hefty 120kWh battery pack and four permanent magnet motors, one for each wheel. Combined, the Rimac Nevera produces 1,914hp and a colossal 2,360Nm of torque!
Thanks to the all-wheel-drive system and active torque vectoring, the Nevera can launch itself from 0 to 60 mph (96.5 kmph) in a scarcely-believable 1.85 seconds! And in the next 7.5 seconds, you would have already crossed the 300 kmph barrier. The Rimac Nevera’s performance is so epic that the quarter-mile time takes just 8.6 seconds, while the top speed is 412 kmph – true hypercar territory.
Drop the anchor, and the Nevera’s six-piston calipers grab on to 390mm Brembo carbon-ceramic disc brakes whilst the electric motors provide up to 300kW of stopping power of their own. As far as range is concerned, the Rimac Nevera is rated at approximately 547 kilometers on a single charge. Obviously, we have thoughts on that, but hey, that’s alright. If you can afford its 2-million euro starting price, you are far likely to be more interested in Rimac’s almost unlimited customization program. And with only 150 examples planned for the whole world, the Rimac Nevera will be one hell of a hypercar!