The Rimac Nevera is quite possibly the most significant vehicle to emerge from the Adriatic country of Croatia. The 1,914-horsepower (1,408-kilowatt) EV boasts four individual motors and a healthy 120-kilowatt-hour battery – an astonishing number for any car, let alone one from a country better known for its natural beauty and mix of Baltic and Mediterranean culture.
Wanting to cement Croatia in the minds of automotive enthusiasts around the world, Rimac (say that matno ree-mac) gave Nevera some cultural nod to his homeland. The name, for example, is the Croatian word for sudden, turbulent thunderstorms, the kind that occasionally hit the country’s Adriatic coast. There is also a license plate in the cabin proudly stating that the car was designed, engineered and built in Croatia – Zagreb, to be exact. Yet another patriotic Easter egg in the all-electric supercar is hiding in plain sight. Squint a little and you’ll see the shape of a tie in the sculpted aero that appears on every door.
“Wait, what does the tie have to do with Croatia?” I’m glad you asked, because I’m just learning myself. As Rimac’s Chief Program Engineer Matija Renić explained to me during Nevera AS’ debut at Monterey Car Week, the tie is a proud Croatian national symbol.
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You see, the country’s early military wore distinctive wide bands of silk, lace, and muslin around their collars, tying the loose ends in the middle with medallions and knots. When the Croats arrived in France in 1680, the locals named the unusual necktie after the soldier who wore it, and thus, the tie was born – the French derivative of the word Croatian. Over time, the shape of the tie was changed into various styles. So the next time you wear a four-handed knot around your neck, remember to thank (or blame) a 17th-century Croatian soldier.
Wherever you stand in the full-fledged half-against Windsor debate, keep that bit of history in mind if you’re lucky enough to see Rimac Nevera in the wild. Limited to 150 units and costing over $2 million at current exchange rates, the Nevera will be a rare sight. But at least it would be a formal dress for any and all public appearances.