Rimac Has Spent $20 Million Crashing A Bunch Of Nevera Hypercars

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The final crash test has been completed, so US customers won't have long to wait now.

Working as a Rimac engineer must be an exhilarating experience at the moment. The electric Rimac Nevera hypercar has been undergoing global certification for the last couple of months, a torturous process but one that has given us dazzling scenes like the Nevera that went off-roading. Like Bugatti's torture tests, these hypercars are put in situations that may never materialize in reality. The latest news from Mate Rimac himself is that the Nevera has officially completed all crash tests. Throughout the process, nine complete Neveras were destroyed in 45 crash tests, but the car is now said to be the first electric hypercar to be certified in both the US and the EU.


Mate Rimac shared the news in a post on Facebook, along with a video of Mat Watson detailing a painful-looking Nevera side-impact crash test. Some basic arithmetic tells us that if nine cars were destroyed and the Nevera costs about $2.3 million, that's over $20 million worth of shattered hypercar.

While the EU homologation is 100% completed, there are a few more minor static and sled tests that must still be done for the US over the next few weeks. However, Rimac's boss says that these tests are not critical, so they seem more of a formality than anything else. EU cars are ready to be shipped to customers now and US-spec cars will be ready to go "very soon," so it may not be too long before the Nevera is spotted on our roads.

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While the Nevera may not be the most extreme hypercar to look at, there is virtually nothing else out there that can match its extreme power and performance. Four electric motors combine for 1,914 horsepower and 1,740 lb-ft of torque, sending the Nevera from 0-60 mph in a scarcely believable 1.85 seconds. That's even quicker than the Tesla Model S Plaid. Because each wheel is independently powered by a motor of its own, the Nevera exhibits highly customizable and effective dynamics, and can even be drifted if that's what you're into.

While watching multiple Neveras being abused and destroyed over the last few months hasn't been easy, especially knowing the car's value, at least it means that well-heeled Americans are a step closer to experiencing this record-shattering hypercar for themselves.

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