Croatian automaker Rimac has started production of the Nevera electric hypercar after five years of development, 18 prototypes, 45 physical crash tests and more than 1.6 million hours of research and development.
The automaker has said customer deliveries will start soon through Rimac’s 25 official dealer partners which span the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
At this stage, Rimac indicates it will ramp up production of the hand-built Nevera to up to 50 units per year.
The company only intends to produce 150 examples of the Nevera in total and they’re already sold out. Each example will be tested and signed off by company founder Mate Rimac before final delivery.
When there were still examples of the Rimac Nevera available to purchase, prices started from €2 million ($A2.97 million).
Powered by a quad-electric motor setup, the Nevera produces an other-worldly 1427kW of power and 2360Nm of torque. This is mated to a 120kWh lithium-manganese-nickel battery, designed in-house by Rimac, that’s positioned along the car’s centre tunnel.
The Croatian hypercar manufacturer claims the Nevera can do the 0-100km/h sprint in an insane 1.85 seconds and has a top speed of 412km/h.
It also claims the Nevera has a range of 547km according to WLTP testing.
The first production Rimac Nevera is referred to as ‘#000’ and is finished in Callisto Green pearlescent exterior paint with Graphite Vertex wheels and Sand Alcantara interior.
It also has a numbered plaque and will remain in the possession of Bugatti Rimac as a demonstrator and marketing car.
This exact car was shown off at this year’s 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
In addition to developing the Nevera, Rimac has been working on its aftersales and customer car programs.
It has built special diagnostic tools for the car, and says every dealer partner will be given specific training.
There’s also going to be a dedicated team called the Rimac Service Team which will be able to travel worldwide to diagnose potential problems.
Rimac Group, which encompasses the Bugatti Rimac joint venture and the Rimac Technology electric vehicle (EV) division, is currently in the process of constructing its new €200 million ($A296.8 million) headquarters in Zagreb, Croatia.
Dubbed the Rimac Campus, it’ll serve as the company’s international research and development and production base for all future Rimac products, including the current Nevera and its key components.
The company has broken ground and the headquarters should be completed in 2023.
This campus will also become the home of R&D for future Bugatti models, but the French hypercar manufacturer will continue to produce its cars at its own production facilities.
Across a 112,980 square-metre gross floor area and 197,575 square-metre site area, this complex will feature an on-site test track, museum, design, engineering, production and testing facilities, as well as a “high-end customisation” showroom, bar, restaurant, and retail spaces.
Rimac also touts there’ll be a gym and training centre, kindergarten, auditorium, conference hall, education rooms, rooftop garden, command centre, VR-rooms and several top-secret project rooms.