2022 Rimac Nevera First Drive: The Promise Maker

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2022 Rimac Nevera First Drive: The Promise Maker

The new 2022 Rimac Nevera electric hypercar is designed to be quick. The tiny Croatian automaker promises the Nevera will be both the quickest-accelerating car and the fastest electric car in the world, with a top speed of 258 mph. So why shouldn’t our first drive of the Rimac be equally quick? The automaker was in Los Angeles to show prospective buyers a preproduction Nevera, and in between clients, it tossed us the keys to its $2.4 million baby. The only instructions? Be quick—the car is due back in an hour.

We first set sights on the Rimac Nevera sitting in the lot of a Beverly Hills exotic car dealership. It’s 6 a.m. on a Tuesday. L.A. is up, but it isn’t at ’em yet. Peak rush hour is about an hour away, but Rimac isn’t ready to hand over the Nevera yet, so I spend some time poking around and getting familiar with the car.

Built by hand in Sveta Nedelja, Croatia, the Nevera is an engineering marvel—especially when you consider Rimac is a 12-year-old automaker headed by a 30-something CEO and that it hails from a country that technically never built a car before. (“Technically” because Croatia was part of Yugoslavia, a country with a well-known though not storied automaking tradition.) Underneath the Nevera’s carbon-fiber tub sit four house-built permanent-magnet electric motors. Combined, they produce a staggering 1,914 horsepower and 1,741 lb-ft of torque. Those motors are capable of instant torque vectoring, and if the driver so chooses, the Nevera can switch between front-wheel and rear-wheel drive with the twist of a knob. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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