Rimac Delivers First Production Nevera\u2026 to F1 Champ Nico Rosberg

2016 F1 champion Nico Rosberg became the first customer to take delivery of a production Rimac Nevera, when he went to the company’s plant in Sveta Nedelja, Croatia, recently and got the keys directly from Mate Rimac himself.

“Woooooah, that’s a beast!” Rosberg said when they pulled the covers back to reveal his all-black Nevera. “That is so cool. Unbelievable. Look at that. That is really, really awesome. Wow!”

Rosberg had driven a prototype of the car a year or two before, but it “had wires coming out of the interior.” The car he picked up just days ago is a finished production vehicle.

Rosberg is not quite a paid spokesman for Rimac, nor is he an investor, but he features the brand a lot on his video channel. The latest installment on that channel shows the pickup of the $2.4 million, 1914-hp all-electric hypercar. It’s car #001 of just 150 to be made (car #000 is staying in the factory in Croatia).

“We’re happy to call Nico a friend of the brand, as he’s been following our journey ever since he met Mate a couple of years ago and saw the C_Two concept,” Rimac said when we asked. “However, he is not an official brand ambassador, he’s our customer. We’re honored to have him join the Nevera owners family, and we’re excited to deliver 149 more units to their future owners.”

With only 150 cars coming out, there are some things you can do that larger carmakers can’t. Mate Rimac himself signs every owner’s certificate and says that he hopes he’ll be able to test drive every car himself. He signed Rosberg’s owner’s certificate and handed over the keys, which come in their own machined metal case.

“For us the important part is that you really have fun with it,” Rimac says. “We didn’t build it as a garage queen or an ornament but something to use.”

Mate Rimac said the company is still working on the “autonomous driving on the track,” wherein the car drives itself—and you—around certain race tracks with no input from the driver. Rimac is still gathering data from tracks all over the world, including in the United States, and once loaded, your Nevera will likely out-lap you.

“My autonomous driving team tells me that it is as fast as our test drivers now on the track,” said Mate Rimac. “But the problem is, what we are still working on, is to see all the different conditions, the degradations that can happen: tires degrading, having a wet patch of the track, or anything unexpected happening. So that’s the difficult part. So if the conditions are perfect the system works well now, but if some degradation is happening that can still be a bit tricky for the system to recognize early enough.”

Until that’s sorted out, the autonomous driving on the track will not be available but will come as a software update when it’s available.

“That would be insane,” Rosberg says in the video. “That would be madness. I’m not sure I would want to do that.”

Mate Rimac also laid out some more about the ever-growing company that bears his name:

We speculated in an earlier article that this chassis, drivetrain, and battery pack could be the basis for any number of hypercars, from Bugatti/Rimac to Hyundai. Having driven the Rimac Nevera, I can say the future looks good.

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