Hypercars normally drive on beautifully paved tarmac, so the idea of seeing something with 1,914 hp (1,427 kW/1,940 PS) dancing on ice is a little unusual. But Rimac insists that it wants its upcoming Nevera to truly be useable everywhere, so it took the car to snowy Sweden for some final testing.
The drive allowed the company to fine-tune systems like the ABS, ESP, and torque-vectoring ahead of the delivery of the first production vehicles. It also allowed it to test the car’s recommended winter tires, which were designed specifically for it by Pirelli.
“Testing on a low grip surface like this allows us to make consistent and accurate observations on how our systems are performing in low temperatures,” said Miroslav Zrnčević, Bugatti Rimac Chief Test and Development Driver. “Things happen much more slowly than they would do on asphalt, and we have nice, even, smooth handling tracks so we know the data we get isn’t affected by surface imperfections or temperature swings. After these two weeks of testing, we’re happy to see exactly the results we wanted to achieve.“
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The Nevera has successfully completed homologation tests for the U.S. and Europe and deliveries are set to start in the next couple of months. This test, though, allowed the company to validate the result it had previously achieved in climatic chambers.
“For us, this cold weather testing process was an opportunity to put the final 0.1 percent of polish on the Nevera, ensuring it’s perfect as soon as our owners begin to receive them in just a couple of months,” said Mate Rimac, CEO of the Rimac Group. “Finding that balance of creating a rewarding, but safe, drive in a 1,914hp car with four independent electric motors while also building a chassis that delivers delicate on-the-edge adjustability has been our goal from day one, and as our final stages of testing come to close, I can confidently say that’s exactly what we’ve achieved with Nevera.”
That’s all well and good, but what we all want to see is the car’s balletic performance in snowy conditions, and thank goodness there’s no shortage of that in the video right above.