The Rimac Nevera never stops breaking barriers and world records. After beating 24 records, the electric supercar has become the fastest car to drive…in reverse. On a test track in Germany, it went at 275,74 km/hour backward, thus breaking the official Guinness World Record.
Rimac isn’t like any other carmaker. Not only did it manage to conceive and produce an electric supercar quickly and get Porsche and Bugatti’s attention, but it also liked breaking records. This year, the Croatian brand has decided to put its foot down.
In May, the Nevera set 23 world records in a single day. However, Rimac didn’t stop there as it took its 1 914-hp machine to the Nürburgring. After a few runs, it holds the record for the fastest lap in an EV on the Green Hell. But Mate Rimac’s team wasn’t going to stop there…
World Record… in reverse
In Rimac’s own words: “to round off the year, the team decided to start breaking records backward”. At the exact location, the Nevera broke more than 20 records; in Germany’s Automotive Testing Papenburg facility, the 1 914-hp electric supercar was recorded driving at 171,34 mph, or 275,74 km/hour in reverse. Witnessed by a Guinness World Record official, the Rimac now holds this particular record.
Powered by four electric motors, which can spin in any direction, the Rimac delivers relentless acceleration in whatever direction. Theoretically, it can manage its 0-100 mph time of 3,21 seconds going forward and backward. Driving in reverse, only the car’s aerodynamics plays against it.
“It occurred to us during development that Nevera would probably be the world’s fastest car in reverse, but we kind of laughed it off,” explains Matija Renic, Nevera’s Chief Program Engineer. “The aerodynamics, cooling, and stability hadn’t been engineered for traveling backward at speed. But then, we started to talk about how fun it would be to give it a shot. Our simulations showed that we could achieve well over 150 mph, but we didn’t know how stable it would be – we were entering unchartered territory.”