A few days ago, at the Automotive Testing Papenburg circuit in Germany, the Croatian manufacturer Rimac managed to set a new speed record for production electric cars. At the wheel of the Rimac Nevera, which has four engines with a total power of 1914 hp. and a torque of 2360 N•m, was the chief test pilot of the company Miro Zrnčević.

After exiting the corner onto the 4-kilometer straight at over 260 km/h (160 mph), Miró was able to accelerate the electric car to 412 km/h (258 mph), recorded by the Racelogic V-Box measuring complex. The race was run on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2R road tires.

“Traveling at 412kph, or 258mph, means traveling at one-third the speed of sound.Simply achieving this in a road car is incredibly complex, but at Navara we have built a car that can cover long distances on a single charge, tackle tight and winding race tracks and deliver straight line speeds , both for acceleration and V-max. I have driven the Navara since it first turned the wheel and to see the completely refined car that it is today is a truly emotional moment. Most The important thing I learned during the top-speed attempt was how stable and stable the car was – it confirms what an amazing job our aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics teams have done,” commented Zrnčević.

Interestingly, two years ago, a simulation of the speed of an electric car showed the same result. In general, customer cars are artificially limited in maximum speed to 352 km/h (219 mph). At the same time, they can accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h (60 mph) in 1.97 seconds, and to 300 km/h (184 mph) in 9.3. 

But the absolute speed record for electric cars belongs to the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3, which is designed exclusively to set the maximum speed. It also has four engines, but their total power is 3,000 hp, which allowed it to reach 549.43 km/h (341.4 mph) at Lake Bonneville in Utah.

Rimac Nevera broke the world speed record among mass-produced electric cars

Also, in one of the races, a speed of 576 km/h (358 mph) was recorded for a short time, and according to the calculations of the developers, this “rocket” can potentially be accelerated to an impressive 708 km/h (440 mph).