The Rimac Nevera is one of the hottest supercars right now, so it came naturally to Jay Leno’s Garage. Rimac also sent development controller Miroslav Zrncevic to explain the electric superstar in detail.
Nevera is the production product of the Rimac C_Two concept that first appeared at the 2018 Geneva motor show, and is the successor to the Rimac Concept_One, Rimac’s first electric supercar. After a lot of development work (about 1.6 million hours, Zrncevic calculates) and coronavirus-related delays, Nevera recently went into productionwith the first customer car for the 2016 Formula 1 champion Nico Rosberg
Top figures include four electric motors making a total of 1,914 hp and 1,740 lb-ft of torque, allowing the Nevera to run 8.58 miles a quarter second at 167.51 mph. hours in a 2021 test—a car production record, Rimac declared. Nevera also has one EPA-rated 287-mile range.
As Zrncevic explains in the video, the advantage of having four motors — one powering each wheel — is greater control over how power is distributed. Rimac’s control system allows to change the front/rear torque split, as well as the torque vectoring. Those parameters, along with suspension stiffness, steering weight and throttle response, are incorporated into five riding modes for different skill levels and situations — including drift.
Like other supercars of established automakers, the Nevera has a carbon fiber monocoque chassis. This is the largest single carbon fiber component currently produced by the automotive industry, Zrncevic says. The battery modules are located behind the seats (akin to where the engines would be used in traditional mid-engine supercars), in the footrests and in a center tunnel to keep the center of gravity low. possible and optimize the weight distribution.
Also highlighted in the video are Nevera’s active aerodynamic elements, including the front hood, lower lid, rear wing and rear diffuser. They can be adjusted to add or subtract downforce and work with side air inlets to aid in cooling. Those air intakes are shaped like a bow tie, a nod to Rimac’s native Croatia, where that garment originated.
Rimac plans to build 150 Neveras at a rate of 50 per year, and values each of them around $2.4 million.
With production underway, Rimac will move into car development alongside Bugatti. Rimac’s car division merged with Bugatti last year to form Bugatti Rimac.