It was in the early days of the internet, in 1998. The rather pixelated video shows test driver Andy Wallace at the wheel of a McLaren F1 entering the Ehra-Lessien speed ring and increasing gradually up the pace. The lines on the ground blend into each other as Wallace lists his speed. The English will reach that day 391 km / h. Twenty-five years later, an electric car has gone even faster.
The Croatia-born Rimac Nevera blithely topped 400 km/h in a day of attempts at various world records for a supercar. Everything took place on the German ring of Papenburg, without however lingering directly at the top speed during the exercise. The electric supercar, equipped with four motors producing 1914 hp in all, has broken no less than 23 records. Among these, we highlight a 0-100 km/h in 1.81 s, a 0-200 km/h in 4.42 s and a 0-400 km/h in 21.31 s.
This Nevera also completed a 0-400 km/h-0 (!) in less time than the McLaren F1 took to reach 350 km/h, i.e. 29.94 s. Finally, for drag racing enthusiasts, the famous quarter mile (403 m) was done in 8.25 s. If Tesla has confirmed to us that the future of performance is combined with electric vehicles, Rimac is clearly operating a paradigm shift in supercars.