Rimac, the Croatian electric hypercar manufacturer, has delivered its first production Nevera to a customer – none other than German-Finnish former Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg.
In a video uploaded to Mr Rosberg’s YouTube channel, we can see this Nevera is blacked-out apart from the shiny aluminium wheels, and is referred to as ‘#001’.
Technically there is an earlier Nevera production model referred to a ‘#000’ that’s finished in a Callisto Green exterior paint and will remain in the possession of Bugatti Rimac as demonstrator and marketing car.
As previously detailed, Rimac 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 ($A2.94 million).
At this stage, Rimac has indicated it will ramp up production of the hand-built Nevera to up to 50 units per year.
Powered by a quad-electric motor setup, the Rimac Nevera produces an other-worldly 1427kW of power and 2360Nm of torque. This is mated to a 120kWh lithium-manganese-nickel battery, designed in-house by Rimac, that’s positioned along the car’s centre tunnel.
The Croatian hypercar manufacturer claims the Nevera can do the 0-100km/h sprint in an insane 1.85 seconds and has a top speed of 412km/h.
It also claims the Nevera has a range of 547km according to WLTP testing.
During the YouTube video, Mr Rimac said that there are 14 cameras around the Nevera so it can record footage itself without the need for mounting GoPros.
The footage can apparently be viewed and downloaded from a companion phone app.
In addition, Mr Rimac said the company is still working on an autonomous track driving feature that will come in a future software update.
Mr Rimac said the feature is currently still in development, but is now just as fast around as the company’s test drivers.
The Bugatti Rimac CEO also repeated some previously-reported statements about the next Bugatti hypercar, saying it will have a “very interesting internal-combustion engine” and be “heavily electrified”.
Mr Rimac also said the Chiron successor is going to be the “opposite of what you expect”, and Mr Rosberg alluded to it being similar to the Mercedes-AMG One in a short, off-the-cuff remark.
In addition to developing and now producing the Nevera, Rimac Group, which encompasses the Bugatti Rimac joint venture and the Rimac Technology electric vehicle (EV) division, is currently in the process of constructing its new €200 million ($A293.95 million) headquarters in Zagreb, Croatia.
Dubbed the Rimac Campus, it’ll serve as the company’s international research and development (R&D) 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 car 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 will be a gym and training centre, kindergarten, auditorium conference hall, education rooms, rooftop garden, command centre, VR-rooms and several top-secret project rooms.