The Croatian hypercar hit the top speed at the Automotive Testing Papenburn track in Germany.
The 415 km/h record for EVs is just 78 km/h slower than the top speed record for gas-powered cars, held by the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport.
It’s the second record now held by the Rimac Nevera.
When it was launched last year, it became the world’s fastest-accelerating production car, hitting 60 mph from standstill in under two seconds.
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Rimac’s chief tester Miro Zrnčević piloted the car to the top speed record this week in Germany.
And he did it in an unmodified version of the Nevera.
Zrnčević had the car in aero-maximizing mode when he reached the 258mph record – a previously unheard of speed for EVs.
“I’ve driven Nevera since it first turned a wheel and to see the perfectly honed car that is today is a really emotional moment,” Zrnčević said.
“The most important thing I have learned during the top-speed attempt is how composed and stable the car was – confirming that our aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics teams have done an amazing job.”
The Nevera is limited to a top speed of 219 mph for customers, but Rimac says they’ll be able to push it to the full 258mph at special events.
About the Rimac Nevera
The Nevera is powered by four synchronous electric motors – one at each wheel – with a combined power output of 1,914 hp.
With its monstrous 1,741 lb-ft of torque, it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 1.85 seconds and takes just 9.3 seconds to get to 186 mph.
Thanks to the 120 kWh, 6,960-cell battery pack, you can drive it up to 340 miles on a single charge.
It doesn’t sound like a lot but that’s in line with the range you expect from equivalent petrol-powered hypercars.
With the Nevera, Rimac has set a new standard for the supercar/hypercar market.
And they’ve done it with their own technology, building their own hardware and their own software, which means everyone else is already playing catch-up.