Watch Rimac Nevera Pass Its Last Crash Test For US, Euro Certification


The Rimac Nevera officially debuts in June 2021. Since then, we’ve seen the 1,914-horsepower (1,427-kilowatt) electric hypercar engage multiple competitors in drag racing, not to mention minor speed violations on public roads. However, the car is not yet on sale – the event features a pre-production model. It still has to complete crash testing for certification in the US and Europe.

This video is from carwow gives us a front row seat for the final crash test, a sideways sweep to the pole at 20 mph (32 km/h). This is actually the 45th crash test the Nevera prototype has had, and with the car priced at around $2 million, it sounds like very expensive process. However, only 10 cars were used for all crash tests. Depending on the type and severity of the test, the car can be reused for multiple crashes. For example, the car used in this sideways pile test had a previous crash.

According to the video, European regulations require passing five different crash tests for certification. US regulations are stricter, with 22 different tests required. Basic math tells us that it’s not equal to 45; Rimac includes additional unneeded tests, all in the name of further data collection for structure and security. And yes, the final exam was passed brilliantly. Nevera is now one step closer to reaching dealers.

The process is similar to what Koenigsegg shared in a 2019 video. With a dedicated hypercar, cost is a tremendous concern during the crash testing process. Reusing a previously crashed car for some tests certainly helps, and the extensive simulation also helps in the development process. As per this video, the computer simulation before the Rimac crash was ultimately 98 percent accurate for real-world results.

With all the hypercar destruction now complete, the running Neveras shouldn’t be far behind.


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