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Richard Hammond Should Look Out For The Rimac Nevera as Deliveries Begin Of 1888HP Hypercar

Rimac Nevera – the all-electric hypercar went through two weeks of extensive winter testing at Pirelli’s Sottozero Centre near the Arctic Circle in Sweden. The brand announced that the final rounds of testing had been completed before necessary steps are taken to commence customer deliveries in a few months.

The vehicle was tested mostly at night since the day temperatures were unusually warm. The Croatian company said that the tests were done to fine-tune electronic systems- mainly the torque vectoring, ESP and ABS.

Sweden had the best mix of cold climate and snow terrain- a scenario that could give the engineers important information about how the systems onboard were reacting to a drastic change in temperature and surface condition.

Rimac has named its hypercar after a powerful lightning storm that suddenly appears over Croatia’s open sea. Nevera does sound just about right for a car that produces 1888 bhp and 2360 NM of torque. If you thought those figures are mind-boggling, then you better know that it can cross 60 mph in 1.85 seconds and will max out at 412 kmph/ 258 mph.

A 120 kWh water-cooled battery pack, which is also an integral part of the vehicle’s structure is responsible for the record-shattering numbers. Rimac wanted to ensure that when such power is sent to all four wheels, the torque vectoring system works in full swing under snowy conditions where the surface is extremely cold and slippery.

Speaking of snow driving in a sub-2000 bhp hypercar, the company also tested its recommended snow tires – the Pirelli P Zero Winter which are jointly developed by Pirelli and Rimac. For summers, the recommended tires are Michelin Pilot Sport 4S, surprisingly.

After completing the snow tests, Miroslav Zrnčević, Bugatti-Rimac Chief Test and Development Driver said:

“Testing on a low grip surface like this allows us to make consistent and accurate observations on how our systems are performing in low temperatures.

“Things happen much more slowly than they would do on asphalt, and we have nice, even, smooth handling tracks so we know the data we get isn’t affected by surface imperfections or temperature swings. After these two weeks of testing, we’re happy to see exactly the results we wanted to achieve.”

While we talk about extensive testing of an electric hypercar that ensures it remains well-controlled under any different conditions, it reminds us of Richard Hammond’s crash in an electric Hypercar during The Grand Tour. Coincidentally, it was a Rimac Concept One that was destroyed in the fire.

Long story short, Hammond was carrying excessive speed into a corner after the finish line. The Rimac lost traction, slid off the track, and went rolling down the hill. Fortunately for Hammond, he was pulled out of the car in time before it burnt to a crisp.

Coming back to the Nevera- as one would expect, the hypercar is limited to 150 units only, with each selling for approximately €2 million. The customers will be offered many personalisation options, along with comfort and safety features found on any normal road car.

Quite uncommon for a hypercar eh? The Nevera is offered with almost everything that one needs and there mostly won’t be much to complain about in the cabin.

We guess that Rimac ensured it would Never-a give no, for an answer.

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