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"Wow, that's fast!"
‣ Rimac has now launched Nevera, the production version of the Concept_Two (that we covered in #28). The CEO Mate Rimac says:
This is it. This is the car I had in mind when I embarked on the ‘impossible’ journey ten years ago. All our hard work has resulted in the Nevera – our record-breaking hypercar. This car was born to outperform, and to raise the bar, redefining the norm for performance cars.
In the previous coverage, we said its unofficial 2.33s 0-60mph that we saw on video was nuts. The specs now put it at 1.85 seconds! The quarter-mile is achieved in 9.1 seconds with a top speed of 258 mph (415 km/h). It will feature a 120kWh battery pack with an improved cooling system, so drivers could use peak power for longer. Speed isn't all this car is, obviously, but it is darn fast. The production is of course limited, with 150 units ever made and more than a €2M ($2.4M) price tag.
‣ While we're on the topic of fast cars, Jay Leno confirmed Tesla's Model S Plaid did 1/4 mile time of 9.23 seconds at Bakersfield Drag Strip, via Teslarati (link). The difference is - the Model S plaid is a family four-door sedan with a starting price of $115k.
‣ Rivian postpones the first deliveries of the R1T pickup by several weeks, expected to start in July now (link). Rivian also added Off-Road Upgrade as an option for preorder holders and lets you choose your Rivian Adventure Gear in the configurator.
It's HOW they added the off-road upgrade that I like. At the start, it was included in the base price. Realizing from feedback that not all will use the extreme off-roading capabilities, the company REDUCED the base price by $2,000 to everyone and then added the option to add the feature for $2k. Wholesome. I love it when companies have sense of mission.
‣ Rolls-Royce confirms the development of the first EV model, called Silent Shadow (link).
‣ Ford is already building more electric Mustangs than fossil ones, 27,8k vs 26,1k units so far this year. It might be because the semiconductor chip shortage though, as Ford prioritizes launch models (link).
👀 What I'm watching:
Marques Brownlee (MKBHD) gets to check out the F150 Lightning:
And a Tesla M3 was crushed by concrete blocks falling from a truck. Passengers virtually unharmed (video).
PSLAVI, the hyper-realistic CGI maker, launched a simulated race between the Standard Tesla Roadster and the SpaceX Thruster version, just to show you what 1.1s vs 1.9s looks like (video). Check out his IG account for more great animations (link).