The Rimac Nevera is now officially the fastest accelerating production vehicle in the world. While on its way to participate in Pebble Beach celebrations this weekend, the electric hypercar made a stop at Famoso Raceway in McFarland, California, where it managed to set a production car record quarter-mile time of 8.582 seconds at 167.51 mph, according to Rimac. That was fast enough to beat the company’s own unofficial record of 8.62 seconds, which it set in Croatia back in June. Unlike that previous attempt, Rimac utilized a drag-friendly, VHT-prepped surface this time around.
Rimac enlisted Brooks Weisblat from DragTimes to be the wheelman for the record-setting attempt. Thankfully, that means we have some great video footage to go along with the new record. The Nevera is perfectly suited for this sort of endeavor, as the electric hypercar packs 1914 horsepower and 1,741 lb-ft of torque. The car’s four electric motors also provide all-wheel drive, which utilizes Rimac’s All-Wheel Torque Vectoring 2 technology. Despite the help from the prepared surface and AWD, the Nevera wasn’t exactly testing in ideal conditions. The temperatures outside were as high as 98 degrees fahrenheit, with the track itself measuring in at 149 degrees fahrenheit. This required the company to make some setup adjustments as they went, making several passes in the process. The record-setting run itself was actually the eleventh pass the company made in quick succession.
Even more impressive however is the fact that the record was set while the car was on a pair of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. The Michelin's are a great bit of rubber, but they aren't the stickiest offerings on the market by any means. What the Nevera could do on a set of drag slicks then is rather frightening to think about. For reference, the car already launches hard enough to clear 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds, before running the eight-mile in just 5.46 seconds.
The Nevera is undeniably one of the craziest hypercars we've ever seen. The fact that we are at a point where a production vehicle is running the quarter in the mid-eights is hard to wrap your mind around. That said, it seems like it's only a matter of time before the internet starts calling for a match-up between the Nevera and Tesla's Model S Plaid.
Besides, we already know that Weisblat owns one of the Teslas and is more than happy to line up on the strip.