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2022 Rimac Nevera Review

BODY TYPE: Exotic
The Nevera comes from a country without a motoring heritage and has broken almost all speed records and acceleration times for a production vehicle, and it did all these with just a whistling sound of its electric motors.
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Rimac is a small hypercar manufacturer based in Croatia, on the shores of the Mediterranean sea, and it proved that not even a global health crisis could stop it in its tracks. After three years since it unveiled the C_Two concept car, Rimac has showed the production model, the Nevera.

After the concept car's reveal, its manufacturer completely redesigned it from tip to toe, from bumper to bumper, and made it faster.

Nevera is the Croatian name for a sudden storm on the sea, loaded with static electricity, and that pretty much represents the new hypercar. The Nevera is way quicker than anything else on the road and powered by four electric motors.

1Exterior design & features

While the Nevera looks almost like any other hypercar with a mid-mounted engine, its shape is actually a form-follow-function concept, enhanced by a few unique design elements. Its wave-like sideline features taller areas over the front and rear wheel arches.

At the front, Rimac has designed a bumper with a carbon-fiber lip spoiler on the lower side, increasing the front end's downforce. Above it, there are a few air-intakes needed to cool the front brakes and the front motors. The trapped air escapes through the vents cut on the hood.

Its sculptured side panels extract the air from the front fenders and channel it toward the rear air-intakes needed to cool the batteries and the electric motors. At the back, the Nevera features a retractable wing behind the large sloped liftgate.

The Nevera features a unique design adornment: a cravat on the rear fenders placed horizontally in front of the rear wheel-arches. The "cravat" itself comes from the Croatian Army that fought along with the French Army in the XVI century. Its tie-shape sports three LED lights, which show the country flag colors where Rimac sells the car.

The gull-wing door feature a deep lower side, so the car doesn't have any door sills. Rimac built it that way to ease the ingress and egress into the cockpit, but that has led to another problem: cooling. While most electric carmakers are making one cooling system for the entire electric assembly with ducts channeled through the sills, Rimac had to make independent systems for the front and the rear motors and battery packs.

Under the streamlined bodywork, the Croatian carmaker made a carbon-fiber structure where it mounted the Lithium/Manganese/Nickel 6,960 battery cells. Together, they form the backbone of the hypercar and led to the stiffest bodywork ever produced for a road vehicle. The carmaker chose not to mount them under the cabin's floor to lower the seating position.

2Interior design, features
and passenger space

Building a hypercar is one things, but creating an appealing interior was a different job. Rimac took the challenge to create a new design concept. Instead of regular stalks and buttons, the carmaker has installed rotary knobs that control the driving modes (Comfort, Sport, Drift, Range, Track, and two custom modes) on the left side.

The Croatian carmaker offers customers the possibility to design their cars' interiors with bespoke elements, materials, and colors. It is part of the package when someone pays $2.4 million. Another important aspect of this program is that the seats will fit the driver's size.

On the right side, above the center stack, another "tower" of two knobs controls the amount of power sent to the front or rear axle. At the same time, an additional controller engages or disengages the traction and stability control functions.

Last but not least, on the center console, Rimac put the premium sound system buttons and a physical volume knob. Everything on the inside, like on the rest of the car, was designed from scratch. There was no single part, apart from nuts and bolts, which was on the shelf from a supplier. Even the seats, the steering wheel, and the digital instrument cluster were designed in-house.

Apart from the TFT screens installed in front of the driver, the Nevera features two additional LCDs on the passenger's side, showing speed, acceleration, or other data selected by the driver.

3Gadgets

When Rimac created the car, it installed twelve ultrasonic sensors, thirteen cameras, six radars, and the very latest NVIDIA Pegasus operating system, which allowes the transfer of 6 TB of data. Apart from the autonomous driving mode, this allowes the computer to train its driver. If raced on a track, the car learns the corners and teaches the driver when to steer, accelerate, and brake for the best possible lap time.

Rimac has also created a dedicated app available for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay so the driver can communicate with the vehicle. It shows the charging status and allows him or her to warm up the car. The onboard computer can also receive over-the-air software updates.

4Performance

Rimac Nevera features a unique drivetrain. It is not the first car with four electric motors, but it is different. At the front, the two 200 kW motors are on the inside with the planetary gears toward the wheels. The carmaker placed the two rear 500 kW motors on the outer sides and the cogs toward the car's center. It was not only about the front/rear balance but also left/right. The Nevera has a 48:52 percent front:rear weight distribution.

The four motors generate a total of 1.4 MW power (1,914 hp) and a truck-like 2,360 Nm (1,740 lb-ft) of torque. It can accelerate from zero to 60 mph (0-97 kph) in 1.85 seconds. A Nevera has reached a quarter-mile time of just 8.6 seconds during a test, which is way faster than any other production vehicle ever made.

But most impressively, its 340 miles (550 km) range and the 258 mph (412 kph) top speed are above any expectations from an electric hypercar.

5Safety

Thanks to its hyper-rigid structure that allows a 70,000 Nm/degree (51,630 lb-ft/degree), the Rimac is the stiffest production car ever made. Besides, it relies on its sensors and cameras to avoid an accident and apply brakes if needed. In the event of a crash, the car featurs airbags for both passengers.

6Conclusion

Nikolai Tesla was born in Croatia and became the most known Croatian of all time. Its researches inspired Mate Rimac, the founder and CEO of Rimac Automobili, to create an electric BMW E30 back in 2008 and founded his company in 2009 with the idea of creating electric powertrains for older cars. But that is already in the past. In 2020 he already had 1,000 employees and a campus for 2,500 workers.

The Nevera is a hypercar by any means. It is stupid fast, drop-dead gorgeous, and powerful. Rimac announced that it will sell only 150 units.