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Rimac Engineer Says 0-60 MPH in Under 1 Second Is Possible

The Rimac Nevera electric hypercar goes from zero to 60 mph in 1.85 seconds. This is mind-blowing acceleration and a huge leap in the automotive industry.  What does this mean for the future of automobiles? Insight from Rimac Nevera Chief Program Engineer Matija Reni? at The Quail during Monterey Car Week was collected by The Drive on the topic to shed light.

When asked whether one-second or even half-second zero-to-60 times are indeed possible in the future, Reni? responded: “Below one second.”

To understand the context behind these numbers, the McLaren 720S—a mid-engine V8 supercar is extremely fast, and it gets from zero to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. About two seconds slower than Reni?’s theoretical future Rimac. This shows the magnitude of the breakthrough!

The engineer further explained that the 1.85-second Nevera wasn’t built just for drag strip bragging rights but rather as a rounded driver’s car that’s genuinely enjoyable to drive.

“The car is very fast, honestly,” said Reni?. “Figures here and there, we are very proud of them, but the car is more than that. It’s not a one-trick pony, it’s not a dragster that you take to the drag strip and achieve the best times, and that’s it. The car is actually very, very complex, showing you what automotive technology in the future can do. And it’s also very usable and very friendly from the user’s perspective. And in the end what we wanted to achieve is develop a driver’s car, something that’s very engaging and very rewarding just taking it out and enjoying it.”

Hopefully, when or if the sub-one-second Rimac arrives, it will retain Nevera’s fun-to-drive ethos.

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