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Rimac just set a new world record…driving in reverse

We’re not sure why you’d want to go 275.74km/h pointing the wrong way

This Nevera is driving in reverse, we assure you.. PHOTO FROM RIMAC

What’s the fastest you have ever driven in reverse? Say, 20km/h maybe? Or 30km/h at a push and while nervously grasping the steering wheel? How about 275.74km/h? That’s the speed a Rimac Nevera just achieved driving in reverse.

It was fast enough to add yet another record to the impressive collection the firm has amassed recently, and once again shows how different electric supercars are from internal-combustion ones.

Rimac's team simulated that it would hit at least 240km/h, but they were proven wrong. PHOTO FROM RIMAC

The record-breaking run took place at the Automotive Testing Papenburg facility in Germany, where Rimac set a whole host of records earlier this year, and was possible due to the fact that the Nevera has four electric motors but no gearbox. That means those motors can spin as fast going forward as they can in reverse.

The team carried out some simulations first to see if such a record run was feasible, and concluded that, in theory, the car should be able to drive at least 240km/h while pointing the wrong way. Nobody knew for sure how fast it would go, or how it would behave while trying to find out.

One could imagine how violent this J-turn was for the driver. PHOTOS FROM RIMAC

Luckily, everything went smoothly, and the car breezed through yet another world record run with ease. Its top speed going backward is now roughly the same as a Lamborghini Miura going forward, which is pretty mind-boggling if you think about it.

The Nevera now holds a whole bunch of records, including 0-100km/h, 0-300km/h, 0-400-0km/h, 100-0km/h (stopping distance), and standing mile. Let’s see what else the crazy team from Croatia can come up with to show everyone just how superior electric hypercars can really be.

Frank Schuengel

Frank is a German e-commerce executive who loves his wife, a Filipina, so much he decided to base himself in Manila. He has interesting thoughts on Philippine motoring. He writes the aptly named ‘Frankly’ column.