New 1888bhp Rimac Nevera takes on Goodwood hill

Eschewing conventional electronic stability and traction control systems for the ‘All-wheel Torque Vectoring 2’ programme, the Nevera can channel “the precise level of torque” as required to each wheel, making 100 calculations per second to enable “infinitely variable dynamic responses to road and track conditions”. 

The Nevera’s electrohydraulic regenerative brakes have been calibrated to react to the state of the battery and powertrain. If the battery is running hot, for example, kinetic energy will flow through the brakes back to the wheel, while the degree of power recuperation will be dialled up if the brakes are hot, to a maximum speed of 300kW. The braking system itself comprises 390mm Brembo carbon-ceramic discs mated to six-piston calipers and is claimed to provide fade-free and “exceptionally powerful” stopping performance.

Uniquely, the Nevera uses a steer-by-wire system with varying levels of driver feedback available, which can be used in ‘Driver Coach’ mode – one of seven drive modes – as an artificial-intelligence-based tool that shows the “optimum racing lines and vehicle control” to the driver. Said to be a world first, the system uses an array of sensors, cameras and radars to offer audio and visual guidance as a driver navigates around a track. 

But Rimac stresses that the Nevera is as much a grand tourer as it is a track-focused hypercar. The minimalist interior, with its central divide between the two seats, leans heavily on three TFT screens for control of most functions. They also display comprehensive real-time telemetry data, downloadable to a laptop or smartphone.


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