There’s fast, and then there’s ‘breaking records at Nürburgring’ fast. The Rimac Nevera is the latter.
The all-electric sports car designed and manufactured by the Croatian EV giant Rimac Automobili, has gone astonishingly close to the haloed seven-minute mark, beating the likes of Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Mercedes-AMG GTR Pro, and Lamborghini Huracán Perfomante.
Driven by the Croatin driver Martin Kodrić, the car put up a lap time of 7:05.298, a complete 20 seconds faster than the previous record for an electric car, set by a Tesla Model S in Plaid Track Package this June. Incidentally, this was Kodrić’s first entry into the Nürburgring record sheets as well, joining the elite company of all-time great drivers like Christian Gebhardt and Maro Engel.
The lap marks a monumental feat for an electric car, in what is a truly exhilarating lap to watch on one of the most difficult and prestigious road tracks for car performance benchmarks.
Speaking of benchmarks, the Nevera not only beat the Tesla Model S, it also outshone the Porsche Taycan, the German manufacturer’s battery-operated saloon.
While taking nothing away from the Croatian EV-makers and Kodrić, the Nevera is, however, a purpose-built hypercar with incredible handling, top speed and acceleration. Each of the Nevera’s four wheels is individually driven by surface-mounted magnet motor, producing a total of total of 1,427 kW (1,914 hp) and 2,360 N⋅m (1,741 lbf⋅ft) of torque.
The first prototype model of the car was released in August 2021, and the production was limited to 150 vehicles. The rollout of the cars started in mid-2022, with one of the first models being shipped to former Formula One driver, and now Monaco-based YouTuber Nico Rosberg.
In November last year, Rimac announced that the Nevera hit 412km/hr, becoming the world’s fastest production electric car. And this May, the car sent 23 records tumbling, including the 0-60mph (or, 0-97km/h) in 1.74 seconds, and the 0–249–0 mph (0–400–0 km/h) in 29.93 seconds.
Reports suggest that the Nürburgring record was broken with a set of really grippy Michelin Cup2R tyres on “one of the hottest days on the track this summer”. Kodrić said: “Driving it around the Nordschleife was a real thrill, from launching out of the carousel, with 1,914hp (1,888bhp) being delicately distributed between the four wheels, or pinning the accelerator to the floor down the 1.3-mile straight, pushing well over 240mph.”
While only few cars have broken the seven-second mark — the lap record for any car is 6:30:705, almost 35 seconds faster than Nevera’s time, set by Maro Engel driving a Mercedes-AMG One in October last year — it still marks a tremendous leap in EV production.
To its credit, the AMG One is heavily derived from Mercedes’ Formula One technology with 1.6-litre V6 turbo petrol engine and four electric motors for the turbocharger, with a really, really high-downforce and low-drag package. The Nevera, on the other hand, while does boast a slippery aero profile, lacks significantly in the downforce department, and on a better day with improved conditions, maybe, we’ll see a sub-seven minute time from an EV — perhaps the Nevera again — soon.