Rimac’s 258mph Nevera BEV Claims World Record

BEV manufacturer Rimac has claimed world’s fastest electric car record with its Nevera hypercar clocking a recorded top speed of 258mph.

The record-breaking feat follows on from the Nevera’s independently verified 8.582-second quarter-mile run in 2021, which made it the world’s fastest accelerating production car. What’s more, it’s a road-ready vehicle delivered to customers with a limited top speed restricted to 219mph but which can be derestricted in special customer events with the support from the Rimac team and under controlled conditions.

Not least because the tires are under a huge amount of stress during runs over 220mph, so most of the pre-cautions are directed towards making sure that the tires are properly set-up for such high speeds. The stock Rimac Nevera produces 1,887bhp from four in-house designed electric motors, which propel the car from 0-60 mph in just 1.85 seconds and to 100mph in 4.3 seconds.

The Rimac team looked specifically for an oval with straights long enough to achieve the Nevera’s top speed, eventually settling on the Automotive Testing Papenburg track in Germany, with two 2.48-mile straights. The car was set into its top speed mode, creating an aerodynamic profile that balances drag and downforce to ensure stability at high speed. The run was completed with road legal Michelin Cup 2R tires fitted and with the oversight of a Michelin technician to check their condition. Production of the Nevera is currently underway at Rimac’s HQ on the outskirts of Zagreb, Croatia, and the first cars are already with customers around the world.

Miro Zrnčević, Rimac’s chief test and development driver, said: “I’ve driven Nevera since it first turned a wheel and to see the perfectly honed car that is today is a really emotional moment. The most important thing I have learned during the top-speed attempt is how composed and stable the car was – confirming that our aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics teams have done an amazing job.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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