Rimac Nevera reaches 258 mph setting new production speed record

Rimac is gaining the attention of speed lovers worldwide as it celebrates a new speed record. The company’s electric Nevera hypercar has attained a 258mph (412 km/h) top speed, setting a new record for production electric cars.

The Rimac Nevera set the record on Germany’s Automotive Testing Papenburg’s 4km track.

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In announcing the new record, Rimac also noted the Nevera’s 8.5 second quarter-mile run, which also earned it the title of fastest accelerating production car.

“The Rimac Nevera has set a top speed of 412kph (258mph), making it the fastest electric production car in the world. The record-breaking feat follows on from the Nevera’s independently verified 8.582-second quarter-mile run in 2021, which made it the world’s fastest accelerating production car.”

Some readers may question Rimac’s mention of “production car” as the Nevera is very limited with only 150 units being built. However, the carmaker will rely on technicalities to defend its claim.

Meanwhile, the lucky few owners may never attain 258mph. The Nevera version shipped to customers is limited to 219mph (352km/h). It also requires controlled conditions and a professional team to push the Nevera to its limit.

Earlier this year a modified Tesla Model S Plaid proved it is no slouch when it comes to top speed, reaching 216mph (348 km/h) in Quebec. The Model S Plaid is factory limited to 163mph (262km/h), or 175mph (281km/h) with Track Mode.

Tesla also advertises a 200mph (321mph) top speed, but that requires additional software and hardware, like the Carbon Ceramic Brake Kit which isn’t available for purchase yet.

The highest top speed ever for a car, 305mph (490km/h), is held by the Bugatti Veyron.

Here are two videos of the top speed run, one from outside the car and another from inside.

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