The Rimac Nevera is now the fastest production car over a quarter mile.
It's been a long wait, but the production version of the Rimac C_Two has finally arrived over two years after the original concept debuted in Geneva, setting a new benchmark for insanely fast electric hypercars. Now known as the Nevera, Rimac claims its new creation is the fastest accelerating production car in the world over a quarter mile - a title currently held by the Bugatti Chiron.
To demonstrate the Rimac Nevera's mind-blowing performance, the UK's Carwow pitted the electric hypercar against a Ferrari SF90 Stradale, the fastest-accelerating Ferrari ever made, on a runway in Croatia. Here's how these two extraordinary cars compare.
The Nevera utilizes four electric motors producing a combined 1,914 horsepower and 1,740 lb-ft of torque. This setup enables the Nevera to rocket from 0-60 mph in just 1.85 seconds before topping out at 258 mph.
For comparison, the Ferrari SF90 Stradale is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 and three electric motors generating a combined 986 horsepower. In the SF90, 0-60 mph takes 2.5 seconds before the electrified prancing horse maxes out at 211 mph. It's certainly no slouch, but the Rimac Nevera is in a different league.
In both cars, power is sent to all four wheels. The only advantage the SF90 has over the Rimac is mass: Ferrari's hybrid hypercar weighs 3,902 pounds, whereas the heavier all-electric Nevera has a curb weight of 4,739 pounds.
In the first drag race, the Rimac Nevera absolutely annihilates the SF90. Carwow's Mat Watson blames his slower reaction time in the SF90, but the SF90 gets beaten again in the second race. Even when cheating by racing off the line early, the SF90 is still no match for the Nevera.
When it's time for Watson to get behind the wheel of the Nevera, nothing could prepare him for the car's astonishing acceleration, which he compares to "being fired out the barrel of a gun." During his first run, the Nevera blitzes the quarter-mile in 8.62 seconds at 171.7 seconds. Impressively, he beat the best time of 8.7 seconds set by Rimac, setting a new world record. Unofficially, this makes the Rimac Nevera the fastest accelerating production car in the world over a quarter-mile, beating the Bugatti Chiron by 0.8 seconds.
In case you wondering, the Ferrari SF90's best quarter-mile time of the day was clocked at 9.6 seconds, which is still very impressive. After the drag race from a standing start, it was time for a rolling drag race, where the Rimac Nevera once again made the SF90 look slow. Prepare to have your mind blown.