Rimac starts series production of the Nevera

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After five years of development and testing, Rimac Automobili has now started production of the series version of its all-electric hypercar Nevera. From now on, 50 examples of the Rimac Nevera per year will be produced by hand, and a total of 150 units are planned.

The first car from series production is the “Callisto Green” model with painted graphite Vertex wheels and sand-coloured Alcantara interior, which Rimac showed to the public at the Festival of Speed in Goodwood in June. The vehicle with the badge “#000” will, however, remain in the possession of Bugatti Rimac as a demonstration and marketing vehicle, according to the announcement.

However, assembly of the first customer vehicles has already begun. The final assembly itself takes five weeks, and Rimac manufactures many parts and systems itself in its own factories beforehand. Deliveries are to start “soon” via Rimac Automobili’s global network of 25 official dealer partners – but the manufacturer does not give an exact date. What is clear is that the first year of Nevera production is already sold out.

Instead of dates of delivery, Rimac gives some insights into the development history of the Nevera, which was called “C_Two” for a long time. In order to achieve the high performance targets, all important components had to be custom-developed – such as the battery system, inverter, transmission, motor or control systems. In the past five years, therefore, three generations of powertrain technologies have been developed, 18 prototypes built, 45 crash tests conducted and more than 1.6 million development hours invested.

The production version of the Nevera, which will be unveiled in June 2021, has four e-motors that together produce 1.4 MW and offer 2,360 Nm of torque. Energy storage is provided by a liquid-cooled battery pack with 120 kWh capacity. The sprint from zero to 60 mph (i.e. 96 km/h) is said to be achieved in just 1.85 seconds, with a top speed of 412 km/h.

“At the beginning of the Nevera journey, we ran thousands of virtual simulations and experimented with countless designs before eventually, the time came to create the very first working prototypes,” says Mate Rimac, CEO of Rimac Group. “At this time, around 300 people were working in the company, and now as we enter full production, our company has grown five-fold to have over 1,500 colleagues and construction is well underway for our new 100.000 m² Rimac Campus.”

With reporting by Sebastian Schaal, Germany.

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