Rimac Automobili, a hypercar maker, and electric technology specialist, introduced the production version of the C Two, now known as The Nevera. An all-electric, mind-blowing 1914 HP, 412 km/h (258 mph), €2 million hypercar is finally here to unleash neck-breaking performance levels.
In 2008, at the age of 20, Mate Rimac converted his 1984 BMW 3 Series E30 to battery power in his garage, inspired by the genius of fellow Croatian engineer and visionary Nikola Tesla. He launched Rimac Automobili in 2009, and 11 years later the company celebrated employing its 1000th employee. That’s quite a performance in this competitive industry!
Today, the firm creates high-performance electric powertrain and battery systems for some of the world’s major automakers. Aston Martin, Porsche, Pininfarina, Hyundai, Kia, Koenigsegg, Renault, Cupra, to name a few. And with significant profits, Rimac has all the chances to develop one bonkers electric hypercar.
Efficiency and aerodynamics
A slew of improvements to the Nevera’s bodywork, air diffusers, and intakes resulted in a 34% increase in aerodynamic efficiency over the early prototype.
Rimac redesigned many body parts, including bonnet, pillars, and diffusers to optimize airflow and downforce. Splitters and radiators were improved as well.
Inlets and cooling channels have been meticulously designed to increase the temperature management efficiency of both brakes and engine systems, resulting in a 30% improvement at low speeds and a 7% improvement at high speeds.
Rimac has also developed a slew of new unique active aerodynamic components to improve the cooling, performance, stability, and efficiency of the Nevera.
Each front bonnet profile, underbody flap, back diffuser, and rear wing can move independently, thanks to advanced algorithms that deliver the best aerodynamic configuration for any driving conditions. Well, at least that’s what they say.
Switching from high downforce to low drag mode decreases aerodynamic drag by 17.5%, resulting in an aerodynamic coefficient of 0.3. However, once it is returned to high downforce mode, the downforce is immediately tripled (boosted by 326 percent).
But what really messes up the mind is Nevera’s remarkable performance figures. Since its beginnings, every component of the Nevera’s electric powertrain has been pushed to the limits to provide access to more torque, higher performance. It doesn’t stop there because engineers increased all of this without compromising the consumption of energy.
Rimac created the Nevera’s one-of-a-kind H-shaped, liquid-cooled, 120kWh, a 6960-cell battery from the ground up. The lithium, manganese, nickel battery, capable of providing 1.4MW of electricity, is also a vital element of the car’s core, increasing the structural rigidity of the carbon fiber monocoque by 37%. And, of course, they mounted the batteries as low as possible to retain the best center of gravity.
Since the debut of the C Two, advancements in the innovative battery cooling system have made it even more efficient.
And then there’s the engine or, well, four of them. Combined, they produce 1914 HP and 2360 Nm of torque. Two to three times the output of a conventional–engined supercars of today.
The Nevera opens up a new level in hypercar performance by sprinting to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 1.85 seconds and continuing the acceleration all the way to a peak speed of 412 km/h (258 mph). The question is, does it provide any fun during the acceleration? Or it only takes the breath away and squeezes all the internals of the driver and passenger?
It takes just 4.3 seconds to accelerate from naught to 161 km/h (100 mph), and it maintains its jaw-dropping pace throughout a full-throttle cycle, attaining 186 mph (300 km/h) from rest in 9,3 seconds, shaving a whopping 2,5 seconds off the initial goal. Finally, it reaches a quarter-mile time of 8.6 seconds, killing every production vehicle from the starting line with no mercy.
Brand new technologies
The next part where Nevera shines is the brakes. Depending on the battery, engine, and condition of brakes, a complicated electro-hydraulic brake booster with brake pedal sensation simulator distributes braking force between the electric powertrain’s friction brakes and regeneration system.
For example, if the battery is nearing its temperature limitations, it releases kinetic energy through the friction brakes to cool down. Moreover, it engages additional regenerative braking if the friction brakes are too hot.
They say that all of these transitions should take place in the background, unnoticed by the driver. As a result, the Nevera makes the most use of regenerative braking of any automobile on the market today.
In addition to the electric motors’ maximum range-extending regenerative braking of 300 kW, considerable stopping force is provided by 390 mm Brembo carbon-ceramic brake discs and meaty six-piston calipers.
Furthermore, Rimac has created the world’s first Driver Coach powered by artificial intelligence to help drivers of all levels obtain optimum performance from the Nevera and further hone their track driving talents.
The Rimac Driving Coach enhances the driving experience by utilizing 12 ultrasonic sensors, 13 cameras, six radars, and the most recent NVIDIA Pegasus operating system.
The technology overlays chosen race tracks in real-time, providing drivers with clear and accurate auditory and visual coaching to help them improve their racing lines, braking, and acceleration spots. That sounds just like a blend of reality and a video game.
Unlike any other
Since customers may select from a wide choice of customizable trimmings and material alternatives, no two Neveras will leave the Rimac factory looking the same or with the same specifications.
Rimac will sell its flagship in various editions, including GT, Signature, Timeless, and Bespoke, in addition to the company’s premium customized personalization program.
As part of the customer journey, each Nevera owner will be invited to Croatia to custom-design his or her vehicle. That’s the experience offered by no one else in the industry.
But is it cool enough?
Although the Rimac Nevera provides enough performance to make conventional cars look relatively slow, does it tick all the boxes? Are the dynamics that hurt enough to make people want it?
Although there is a noticeable Rimac identity in it, it still looks more like yet another generic white-label creation for a video game. It’s too artificial, too mind-blowing, and I assume that’s the problem of present-day electric hypercars. There is a huge absence of soul and character in it and then there’s no noise.
Rimac Nevera is a revolutionary step in the automotive industry. It looks and is ridiculously fast, and there are enough gizmos to keep this beast on the road at any speeds.
- What's cool: 0-100 in 1.85 seconds and the top speed of 412 km/h. It seems that electricity redefines the meaning of fast.
- What's missing: Noise. The screaming engine behind the driver will be missed.