Mat Watson Launches a Rimac Nevera: Experiences the Physical Impact of 1,900-HP

Mat Watson Launches a Rimac Nevera 8 photos
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Neck pulled back, hands steady on the steering wheel and a facial expression that could only mean he’s seen a ghost, Mat Watson was experiencing the brutal speed of the Rimac Nevera. It’s the world’s fastest accelerating production car putting down 1,900 HP. Sadly, only 150 units are available for purchase, but then again, the Bugatti Chiron Sport only needs as many cars that can beat it.
Not many people can afford to spit out $2,400,000 for something they can’t drive every day, especially for a car that comes with two seats and zero space for your shopping bag. It may come with numbers that only excite nerds and geeks, but the Rimac Nevera is setting the pace for EV performance in the world.

Money alone won’t give you the almost out-of-body experience you get holding down the accelerator pedal. The Rimac Nevera can do a quarter-mile in 8-seconds with speeds as high as 167 mph (269 kph).

Powered with a 120kWh battery pack, the Croatian EV has four motors, one attached to each wheel for maximum output. According to Rimac, the Nevera puts out approximately 1,914 HP and can do 0 to 60 mph in 1.85 seconds.

Pushing out excessive speeds is nothing new for electric vehicles. The main challenge is maintaining peak power. According to Rimac, it’s been working on preserving peak power on its EVs by improving its battery pack’s liquid cooling system.

Its all-wheel torque vectoring system that acts as both the traction control system and electronic stability system ensures the driver has the fighting chance controlling the power.

Braking is also a significant factor for a car that can achieve unbelievable speeds. According to Rimac, the Nevera can dynamically adjust the balance of the braking force between regenerative braking and friction brakes.

“That’s quick!” Watson remarked after hitting the 60 mph (97 kph) mark. His experience with the Rimac Nevera wasn’t any different. It did the 0 to 60 mph in 2.23-seconds and the quarter-mile in 8.85-seconds.

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Editor's note: For illustration purposes, some images from Rimac Nevera's reveal on The Late Brake Show feature

About the author: Humphrey Bwayo
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Humphrey is a car enthusiast whose love and passion for automobiles extended into collecting, writing, driving, and working on cars. He got his passion for cars from his Dad, who spent thousands of hours working on his old junky 1970 E20 Toyota Corolla. Years later, he would end up doing the same with a series of lemons he’s owned throughout his adult life.
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