DUBROVNIK, 3 June, 2021 – After earlier this week unveiling Nevera, an all-electric, 1914hp, 258mph, €2m hypercar, Croatia’s Rimac Automobili is presenting the car in Dubrovnik for 80 potential buyers and distributors from all over the world.
CEO Mate Rimac told reporters on Thursday that he was very proud that Nevera has delighted the world media.
“It proved everything we said about the car. Eighty people came to us from the US to Europe to Japan, which is pretty good considering the travel restrictions. In three days we will present the car, the company and Croatia in different ways. They will drive the car on the road, and he will be able to configure it, choose colours, sit down with our designers and order his vehicle,” Rimac said from Hotel Sun Gardens in Dubrovnik.
He added that they received some orders even before test drives for customers.
After Dubrovnik, the vehicles will be presented at fairs and private events around the world. Delivery will certainly start this year, but Rimac warned of a major problem in the world market with the supply of microprocessors and chips.
“It is a total disaster and that is why large factories are closing production. As a small manufacturer, it is very difficult for us to get a microprocessor at the moment. One vehicle has 74 computers and thousands of electronic components. We hope to solve this and deliver significant quantities, and next year 50 vehicles,” said Rimac.
Almost the entire development and design of the Nevera was done in Croatia, as well as a large part of the vehicle.
“We have our own machining and production of carbon, all electronics and wiring, battery system. Integration is great, but we are also working on components for many others, which is a much more significant contribution to the Croatian economy in the coming period,” said Rimac.
He added that in terms of performance, the vehicle pushes the boundaries a lot.
“With 1900 hp, it is the most powerful car ever produced. From 0 to 100 km / h it takes less than two seconds, and up to a quarter mile in less than nine seconds, making it the fastest accelerating car ever on the road. It has the largest battery pack on the market, of 120 kilowatt hours (kWh), and the fastest charging with a maximum charging power of 500 kilowatts (kW),” Rimac explained.
He pointed out that it was the Nevera vehicle that was the goal when he started his own company.
“’Concept One’ was just a concept and preparation for this, but then we had neither the knowledge nor the money nor the tools nor the equipment nor the capacity to do this. It took us 10 years to be able to produce a car like this. It is an indicator of what kind of technology we can come up with and what we can do for other manufacturers, ie investors Porsche and Hyundai. Of course we want to build a strong business in the production of sports cars,” said Rimac, before concluding.
When asked why he selected Dubrovnik to present the car, Rimac said.
“We are very proud to be in Croatia and we emphasise that everywhere. This can be seen on the design elements of the tie on the vehicle, but also on the name of the vehicle. We want to bring customers and the media to Croatia, where they will not only be delighted with the vehicle and the company, but also tell them about Smiljan and Tesla, walk through the walls, ride our Greyps on the hills. People buy the experience and want to be a part of something. Croatia is an inseparable part of our story and it is a very good synergy.”