With this run, the Rimac Nevera became the fastest production EV, reaching a top speed of 412km/h (256mph) at a test track in Germany, proving once again the future of electric vehicles is bright & exciting
After hitting 412km/h (256mph), the Rimac Nevera is now officially the world’s fastest-production electric vehicle in the world. With Rimac test driver Miro Zrncevic behind the wheel, the all-electric hypercar reached a speed unrivaled by most, attaining another accolade for the highly hyped electric car. Furthermore, this is an incredible achievement as the Nevera is a fully road-legal vehicle.
The record-breaking attempt took place on the Automotive Testing Papenburg oval track, located in Germany. Famous for its 4-kilometer (2.5 miles) long straight, this track is the perfect setting for achieving the top speed for hypercars like these. For this run, the Rimac Nevera was set up in top-speed mode which reduces drag, all the while keeping the downforce at an appropriate level to ensure stability on high-speed runs like these. Furthermore, Michelin Cup 2R tires were fitted on the car for this run. In turn, with the oversight of a Michelin technician on track to check their condition, the record-setting run got underway.
The record-setting top speed run by the Nevera at the Automotive Testing Papenburg track
For this run, the Nevera came out of the bank at an impressive 250km/h (155mph), Miro unleashed the full power of the advanced four-motor Rimac-developed powertrain and battery pack, catapulting Nevera well into the 400kph range, accelerating on the straight to the record-breaking 412km/h (256mph). An impressive top speed for any road-legal car, let alone an electric one.
“To travel at 412kph, or 258mph, means travelling at a third of the speed of sound. Simply achieving that alone in a road car is incredibly complex, but in Nevera we have created a car that can travel long distances on a single charge, can tackle tight and twisting race tracks and can drift as well as break straight-line speed records, both for acceleration and V-MAX. 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.” – said Miroslav Zrncevic, Rimac chief test driver
Just to put things in perspective, there aren’t many cars faster than the Nevera right now. The new record at this track, set by the Nevera, is faster than the 407km/h (253mph) set by the ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) powered Bugatti Veyron back in 2005. The current Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ achieved 490.48km/h (304.77mph in 2019. Currently, the official record for the fastest production vehicle of 490.48km/h (304.77mph) is owned by the SSC Tuatara, which achieved an average speed of 474.8km/h (295mph).
You can grab a look at the record-setting run in the video and media gallery by Rimac below.