Rimac’s latest all-electric supercar is full of power – but it wasn’t the first of its kind to use plug-in power for extra thrust.
The Nevera model has a massive 1,887 horsepower and 2,360 Nm of torque, which, according to Rimac, catapults the car from 0 to 100 mph in 1.85 seconds.
The brand also says it has a top speed of 258 mph and can cover a quarter mile from a standing start in just 8.4 seconds.
But how does it stack up against past and present competitors when you are considering buying an EV supercar?
Considered by many to be the pinnacle of hybrid supercars, the LaFerrari forms one of the coined Holy Trinity. It combines an incredibly powerful V12 engine with electric motors and a battery to produce over 900 horsepower.
Back then it was one of the most powerful cars of its kind, but in just a few years it has been overshadowed by many others today.
A special version of Aperta has also been launched, offering the same exciting experience, but with the option of lowering the roof.
The Pininfarina Battista, which was unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, is a serious electric car. It is known as the “Hyper-GT” because of its four electric motors and its 1,874 hp output with a torque of 2,300 Nm.
Full throttle will do 217 mph, but it’s the lower acceleration at which things are really impressive. Zero to 60 mph takes less than two seconds, while zero to 186 mph ships in less than 12 seconds.
Mercedes-AMG Project One
Mercedes took the opportunity to reconnect its Formula 1 and road cars, but Project One is the closest to come so far.
It uses a 1.6 liter gasoline electric motor found in the Mercedes Formula 1 car, which is likely to be more than 1,000 horsepower. At full throttle, the Project One will do 217 mph.
You may know Ariel as the Somerset-based company behind the ultra-light Atom and Nomad cars. Well it is taking advantage of its experience in the sector and branching out into EVs.
The 1,180 hp P40 has four individual motors on each wheel and a turbine range extender that only charges the battery.
Atom reports it goes from 0 to 100 mph in just 3.8 seconds.
Ariel isn’t the only British company trying its hand at an electric supercar. Lotus has presented its newest car in a new generation of models called Evija.
It will compete for an absolute punch with the Nevera at 1,972 horsepower and it will hit 0-60 mph in less than three seconds before topping it at 200 mph.
It’s limited to 130 units, however, each of which has a serious price tag of £ 1.7 million.
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The Porsche hypercar 918 was launched in 2014. At the time, it was a groundbreaking example of the company’s performance.
The 918 was another member of the Holy Trinity hybrid supercar mentioned above. It combined a V8 engine with a pair of electric motors for dazzling performance and sprinted from 0 to 100 km / h in less than three seconds.
Today, Porsche’s all-electric Taycan comes close to the performance of the 918, but for significantly less than the 918’s list price of over £ 600,000.