250 mph with no roof, anyone?
While the Tesla Model S Plaid continues to do things that would have been unthinkable for a four-door sedan not that long ago, there is another tier of high-performance electrified vehicles that sits above even the Plaid. It's occupied by hypercars like the plug-in hybrid Koenigsegg Regera and the fully electric Rimac Nevera.
Revealed last month, the Nevera is a towering achievement and has already set a new quarter-mile world record for production cars. It doesn't hurt that the Nevera coupe is also good to look at, but what would this record-breaking EV be like as a convertible? While you'd think that modifying a fixed-roof car to make it a drop-top is as simple as removing the roof, not every car has made this transition gracefully.
In the case of the Nevera, it looks possibly even better without a roof. We decided to retain the regular Nevera's headlights, hood inlets, and other aerodynamic body panels, but removed the rear wing. Most notable in this design are the raised sections behind each seat, totally changing the Nevera's profile and providing something of a cocoon for the driver and passenger. These humps are much more defined than those found on, say, the Porsche 911 Speedster's "double bubble" rear section.
With its stiff carbon-fiber monocoque, the Nevera provides a super strong base for a potential convertible. However, some sacrifices will likely need to be made if Rimac were to re-engineer the car as a drop-top. What won't be lacking is power.
The Nevera coupe has four electric motors that power each wheel individually, generating a combined 1,914 horsepower and 1,731 lb-ft of torque - these figures are simply phenomenal. The coupe can hit 60 mph in a claimed 1.85 seconds and a top speed of 258 mph. In the convertible, performance figures like that will be enough to leave you with blown eardrums, an entirely rearranged hairdo, or both.
Currently, there isn't a single fully electric convertible on sale in the US. Perhaps the closest thing to a possible Nevera convertible is the Koenigsegg Regera PHEV which has a removable roof, or the Lotus Evija roadster if such a car were ever made. At nearly $2.5 million for the regular Nevera, a drop-top version could fetch close to $3 million. How about it, Rimac?