The all-electric hypercar is now both the quickest accelerating car ever and the EV with the highest top speed.
The Rimac Nevera is now officially the fastest electric production vehicle in the world after it set a top speed record of 258 mph. For our European readers, that's 412 kph. This follows the record that the Nevera set in August last year when it became the quickest accelerating car ever with a 0-60 mph time of 1.85 seconds and a quarter-mile record of 8.582 seconds.
The new top speed record was recorded at the Automotive Testing Papenburg track in Germany and set on road-legal Michelin Cup 2R tires, with a Michelin technician present to ensure the rubber was safe. Once that was done, Rimac chief test and development driver Miro Zrncevic set off to make the most of the facility's two four-kilometer (2.49-mile) straights. Take a look at the video below.
If you'd like to watch the full run from the driver's perspective, that video is included here too. If you'd rather learn about all the finer details surrounding the record, read on.
The Nevera was put into its top speed mode before setting off, with Zrncevic leveling out of the banking ahead of the first straight at around 155 mph. He then unleashed the full 1,914 horsepower and set off, achieving that remarkable top speed of 258 mph. This was confirmed using a Racelogic V-Box, and remarkably, the top speed set is exactly what Rimac predicted through simulations when the car was first unveiled as the C_Two at 2018's Geneva Motor Show. Since then, Rimac says it has invested a collective 1.6 million hours of development.
Zrncevic has now piloted the Nevera to the title of the world's fastest electric production car, but the Croatian hypercar is also the fastest car of any kind ever recorded at the Automotive Testing Papenburg facility.
"To travel at 415 kph, or 258 mph, means traveling at a third of the speed of sound," remarked Zrncevic. "Simply achieving that alone in a road car is incredibly complex, but in Nevera, we have created a car that can travel long distances on a single charge, can tackle tight and twisting race tracks, and can drift as well as break straight-line speed records, both for acceleration and V-MAX. I've driven Nevera since it first turned a wheel, and to see the perfectly honed car that is today is a really emotional moment. The most important thing I have learned during the top-speed attempt is how composed and stable the car was - confirming that our aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics teams have done an amazing job."
It's thrilling to think that in the 17-odd years since the original Bugatti Veyron broke the 400 kph mark (248 mph) in 2005, electric cars have gone from unknown outliers like the Norwegian Buddy Electric to hypercar-humbling record breakers like the Nevera.
The Nevera will be delivered to customers with a limited top speed of 219 mph (352 kph) but can achieve its top speed "in special customer events with the support from the Rimac team and under controlled conditions." The automaker makes special mention of the tires, which endure extraordinary stress during such runs, which is not unusual. Sister company Bugatti also limits the true potential of its cars unless a customer informs the automaker of a high-speed run.
As we look back on one amazing record, the only question remaining is this: The speed of progression of EVs is astonishing and a little scary, so when will EVs overtake combustion-powered hypercars outright and make the Bugatti Chiron and Hennessey Venom F5 look slow? At current rates, probably not another 17 years.