Rimac Nevera becomes the world's fastest EV

Rimac Nevera becomes world’s fastest EV, obliterating Tesla’s speed record

The Rimac Nevera has set a top speed of 258 MPH, making it the fastest electric production car in the world. The record-breaking feat follows on from the Nevera’s independently verified 8.582-second quarter-mile run in 2021, which made it the world’s fastest accelerating production car. Previously, the record was held by a Tesla S Model Plaid, at 167.14 MPH.

The Rimac team looked specifically for an oval with straights long enough to achieve the Nevera’s top speed, eventually settling on the Automotive Testing Papenburg track in Germany, with two 4 km (approx. 2.5 miles) straights.

The Nevera was set into its top speed mode, creating an aerodynamic profile that balances drag and downforce to ensure stability at high speed. Fitted with road-legal Michelin Cup 2R tires, and with the oversight of a Michelin technician to check their condition, the record-setting run got underway.

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Behind the wheel was Miro Zrnčević, Rimac’s chief test and development driver.

The company says the Nevera is delivered to customers with a limited top speed of 219 MPH but can achieve the 258 MPH top speed in special customer events with the support from the Rimac team and under controlled conditions. Tires are under a huge amount of stress during such runs, most of the precautions are directed toward making sure that the tires are properly set up for such high speeds.

Production of the Nevera is currently underway at Rimac’s HQ on the outskirts of Zagreb, Croatia, and the first cars are already with customers around the world.

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