But we'll have to wait until next week to see by how much the old record was beaten.
The Rimac Nevera has apparently set a new record for the 0-249-0 mph acceleration and braking sprint, but the world will have to wait until next week to find out just how quickly the electric hypercar managed the feat.
Mate Rimac, CEO of Bugatti-Rimac, is extremely active on social media - in stark contrast to just about every other automotive CEO aside from old Elon Musk - routinely posting on his private Facebook page (which is open to followers). A few days ago, he posted a video from a YouTuber showcasing the brutal acceleration of the Nevera from 62-124 mph and a 217-mph top speed run on the autobahn. This in itself was interesting to watch (you can watch it below), but more interesting still was what transpired in the comments of the post, where someone urged Rimac to attempt a 0-259-0 record, suggesting "the Rimac Nevera would surprise everyone!"
In response, Rimac simply commented, "Watch out next week."
0-249-0 might seem like an arbitrary target, but in metric units, it equates to 0-400-0 km/h. The existing record stands at 31.49 seconds and was set in 2019 by the Koenigsegg Regera at Rada Airfield close to the town of Lidkoping in Sweden. This effort beat Koenigsegg's previous record of 33.29 seconds, set by the Agera RS on a highway in Nevada in 2017 on the same day the Agera RS became the fastest car in the world, breaking several records in the process.
Prior to this, the Bugatti Chiron held the record, with ex-F1 and Indycar driver Juan Pablo Montoya achieving a time of 41.96 seconds.
So how quickly can the Nevera go?
Well, we'll have to wait for the official record, but it has every opportunity of blowing the record to smithereens. First of all, the Nevera has 1,914 horsepower from four electric motors. This enables it to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 1.85 seconds and 100 mph in 4.3 seconds while smashing through the 1/4-mile mark in 8.582 seconds, as verified in 2021.
Those figures are much quicker than the Regera, and we already know the Nevera can reach 258 mph flat out, although it hasn't attempted this in one flat-out acceleration run.
Now we need to extrapolate a little here, so bear with us. The Koenigsegg Regera can do 0-186 mph in 11.65 seconds. Meanwhile, the Pininfarina Battista - which shares underpinnings with the Nevera - managed that same feat in just 10.5 seconds in February this year. That makes the Nevera platform quicker to the 3/4 mark than the Koenigsegg. Lots can happen after that point, and we know EVs typically taper off after that point, but if the Nevera can retain that 1.15-second edge over the Regera and match its braking performance, we could see a record close to the 30-second mark.
We'll find out for certain next week.
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