[Staff, 2022-12-27 21:36:00,
The two-seat hypercar reached a top speed of 412 kilometers (256 miles) per hour Oct. 23 on the ATP Automotive Testing track in Papenburg, Germany—that’s 2 mph slower than what Rimac had long claimed as the Nevera’s top speed. Additionally on the Nov. 15 press release announcing the news, Rimac said it hit 258mph, which would actually be 415kph.
When asked about the conversion discrepancy, and if they would issue a correction, a Rimac spokesperson said the company had not attempted to hit the high-speed mark until recently and that “Google had previously converted [412kph] to 258mph.”
In fact, the claimed top-speed run requires an additional parenthetical: A representative from Guinness World Records was not on-site to certify the record, the spokesperson said, “because it takes an extremely long time to get Guinness certified.” Instead, Rimac used Racelogic V-Box, a high-precision device that measures speed via GPS, to document the run.
Still, assuming this is just a clerical error, it’s an exciting turn in the world of electric cars that consumers can actually buy. The effort beat stated top speeds from other electric vehicles like the Pininfarina Battista (217mph) and Aspark Owl (249mph); a modified Tesla Model S Plaid reached 216mph this past summer.
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