The kerb weight of the Rimac Nevera will shock you
Its only 10kg lighter than a modern Range Rover
These days hypercars are known for using exotic materials in the construction of it like carbon fibre, titanium, aluminium and sometimes even gold. This is normally done to save weight. The Rimac Nevera is no exception.
So you might be asking why haven't I heard about its weight yet? Its most likely because Mate Rimac would rather you didn't mention it.
The kerb weight of the Nevera is extremely high. How much did you expect it to be? North of 1,500kg? 1,600kg? Maybe even 1,700kg?
Prepare to be stunned.
It weights 2,150kg
You read that right. Two thousand, one hundred and fifty kilograms. That compares to 1,680kg for the Lotus Evija and 1,950kg for the Pininfarina Battista. It is ridiculous. A GMA T.50 only weighs 986kg and a Bugatti Chiron with more luxury and 16 cylinders teamed with 4 turbos weighs 2,043 kg. Why is the Nevera so heavy?
All that heavy leather and metal yet still lighter then a Rimac.
Its most likely to do with the drivetrain details
Now this definitely isn't completely because of the batteries because the Evija has a kerb weight that is still low enough to be perfectly acceptable and still uses batteries. The reason is because Rimac wanted to make the car stand out. His original goals for the car was 0-60 in 2.3 seconds and 350 km/h/ 217mph top speed but the unveiling of the Tesla Roadster in 2019 meant that he had to develop a car that could accelerate faster and have a higher top speed then the claimed figures on the Roadster to make it stand out.
It meant that Rimac had to put a 2 speed gearbox into the rear axle of the car so that the numbers would look better.
I quote from Mr Rimac himself: "I tell you, because of that(drivetrain mods), it’s a worse car. It’s not going to be a better car, it’s going to be a worse car. Why worse? It’s more heavy, more complex, more weight in the rear, not in the front so that the balance is a little bit worse, it’s less efficient because more moving parts and so on, but on paper it will look better.
More speed means more batteries and coolant as well. The Nevera has a 120KWh battery which is the biggest ever seen in a production EV.
So why do it?
It was all done so that the main stats like 0-60 looked good as that is how cars sell. He quoted about the entire industry that 'it's very number-driven.'
Its likely the first time a car industry executive admitted that their car wasn't the best it can be and also said that 'not many people will tell you(about the sacrifice) in this industry.;
So not only is it a boring kitchen appliance it is also not as good a car as we would like it to seem and Mr Rimac himself admits that.
Now can I get an 'underpowered' T.50 for god's sake?
Note: there will be a part 2 to this-mark my words.