The world's most advanced electric hypercars do (virtual) battle.
The Rimac Nevera has just been revealed as the finished version of the company's C_Two. The Croatian hypercar is simply incredible and has already set an unofficial quarter-mile world record, decimating a 986-horsepower Ferrari SF90 Stradale on the way. But it has yet to pick on something its own size, and Britain has just the answer in the Lotus Evija.
Revealed as the world's most powerful production road car, this is another electric hypercar capable of making a Bugatti Veyron seem like it's looking for parking. But which is best? Do you go with a legacy brand that has never made an EV before or a company that's still in its infancy but specializes in electric cars? Let's pit them against each other and make a decision.
Both of these cars have plenty of features that excite the car nerd. The Evija has a full carbon fiber body and dihedral doors with no mirrors. Instead, it uses three cameras to tell the driver what's behind them. In the Nevera, you get conventional mirrors but "the world's most advanced carbon monocoque" and butterfly doors.
In the Lotus, you get a very basic cabin that is heavily inspired by motorsport, particularly with the steering wheel. The Rimac takes a different approach, giving you a luxurious cabin with three high-definition TFT screens and the kind of feel that you expect from something Italian. The Lotus, then, seems like the purer performance car while the Rimac makes concessions in the name of luxury.
As we mentioned earlier, the Evija was unveiled as the world's most powerful production road car, boasting figures of 1,972 horsepower and 1,253 lb-ft of torque. It also weighs a respectable 3,703 pounds, which is not bad for an electric hypercar. It has two motors and four single-speed gearboxes, one for each wheel. The claims are as follows: 0-62 mph takes "less than three seconds" but the focus is on acceleration on the move rather than from a dig. The sprint to 186 mph comes up in "under nine seconds" and the Evija tops out at a max velocity of "over 200 mph". If you're wondering why there are such vague claims, the global pandemic put a lot of the Lotus testing schedule in disarray.
The Nevera is much more specific: 0-62 takes just 1.97 seconds, with 60 mph coming up in just 1.85. It takes 9.3 seconds to go from 0-186 mph, and output from the four motors is only rated at 1,914 hp, although torque is greater at 1,750 lb-ft. The Nevera doesn't stop at around 200 mph; it will go on to a Veyron-like 258 mph. As for the quarter-mile record we mentioned at the outset, Rimac has recorded a time of 8.6 seconds, faster than any Bugatti, Hellcat, or Tesla has managed yet. Until we get a chance to see these two line up against each other, it's tough to call which will win, but with the Rimac weighing a whopping 4,739 lbs, it's quite possible that the Evija will be more focused on track.
Both cars give you arguably too much choice when it comes to driving modes. Both cars feature a mode for maximum range and both have modes labeled 'Track'. The Lotus also has City, Tour, and Sport modes. In the Rimac, you get Comfort, two customizable modes (just like you get in a BMW M3, ha!) and arguably the best mode of all: Drift. The Evija has the ability to send its power to the rear wheels exclusively too, so it shouldn't be too hard to get the tail out on either car. Holding it there with four-figure torque ratings is another story though.
The Lotus Evija is fitted with a 70-kWh battery capable of discharging up to 2,000 kW, but that's not the big news. This car's charging system is future proof, as it can accept an 800-kW charger - something that is not yet commercially available. When it is, the Evija will be able to charge from empty to full in just NINE MINUTES. Until then, a 350 kW charger is still incredibly impressive, recharging to 80 percent in 12 minutes and to full just six minutes later.
The Rimac Nevera is slower here, as it will take 22 minutes to get from empty to 80 percent on a 500 kW charger. However, while the Evija only has a range of 250 miles, the Revera will go 341 miles before needing a top-up.
Game-changing hypercars are never cheap - the P1, La Ferrari, and 918 Spyder of a few years back are proof of this - but these days, a million-dollar asking price barely raises an eyebrow. The Evija is priced at $2.2 million, or at least it was before all 130 production examples sold out. The Nevera, on the other hand, is pricier yet more common, with an asking price of $2.4 million and a production run of 150 units. Still, you're unlikely to see either on the road, and as the first in an inevitable slew of mind-bending electric hypercars, both will surely become future classics.
The last time we did this comparison was a couple of years ago, and although we had quite a bit of information to go on, there was no way that we could choose a definitive winner. It's more or less the same story today, with each of these cars seeming to be just as impressive as the other. But if we had to choose without driving them, it seems that the Evija will probably be the ultimate electric hypercar for the track while the Nevera will be the more capable and enjoyable all-rounder. Either way, both of these cars are mind-bendingly fast, dramatic, and special. This is the future, and it's awesome.