The most expensive crash test in the world

We sometimes forget that ultra-powerful, mega-expensive hypercars and supercars have to undergo the same tests (more or less) as any other car, and that, yes, includes crash tests. The Nevera, the latest electric hypercar from Rimac, is now officially road legal after completing 45 (!) physical crash tests as well as many more static passive tests. A total of nine Neveras have been destroyed. Ouch.

Among other things, the homologation programme included the ‘side pole test’, conducted at 32 kph (20 mph), simulating a side impact with a lamppost and if you think crashing a $2.4-million hypercar is expensive, wait till you hear this: during the side pole test, Rimac had to use a special type of crash test dummy to simulate the consequences of the impact on a human being without, well, using a real human being. Said dummy costs €200,000.

Limited to 150 units (excluding the 9 testing mules, of course), the Nevera is powered by a 120 kWh, 6,960-cell battery pack, delivering 1,914 hp and a whopping 1,740 lb-ft of torque. It accelerates from standstill to 62 mph (100 kph) in just 1.85 seconds, and from 0 to 100 mph in 4.3 seconds. The top speed is 258 mph (412 kph). I’ve linked a video down below but I honestly can’t bear to watch it. Too painful.

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