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Jay Leno drives the Rimac Nevera for the first time

Jay Leno drives the Rimac Nevera for the first time

Jay Leno has seen many great cars roll into his garage over the years, but none are as fast as this one. The Rimac Nevera is the world’s fastest accelerating production car, thanks in large part to its four electric motors. Leno takes us as he gets a crash course in the Nevera before taking it for a really fast ride.

His teacher for today is Miroslav Zrncevic, Bugatti Rimac test and development driver. If anyone knows how the Nevera performs, it’s Zrncevic. He estimates that he has driven about 80,000 miles on Rimac prototypes. In the first half of the video, he tells us about some interesting tidbits, such as the biggest challenge during development.

“Well, to actually make it all in one car… because you have five different modes. If they feel totally different, you’ve done it wrong. The car should feel like a person, basically with all modes its moods,” he says. Giving the Nevera a personality and good communication skills is more difficult than in a conventional ICE car.

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Zrncevic also says that from the very beginning of development some five years ago, the team’s goal was a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time of less than 2 seconds. It does the trick in 1.85 and to hear the test driver tell it, the team had already surpassed its targets by the time this production car rolled off the line.

On the road, it lives up to its stats and flashy styling. Zrncevic tells how the development team tested the car’s super-simple launch control by running it about 200 times from 0-120 mph (0-193 km/h) without any problems. “Well, that’s pretty good!” exclaims Leno when he finally gets a chance to test that poor acceleration.

“It’s effortless, it’s seamless … once this guy gets to my fender I’m going to tap it and lose him,” he says as a Mercedes rolls next to him before, just as he said, he dives into the accelerator and the Rimac flies off at an almost comical pace.

Leno also gives the car quite a lot of praise, saying, “This thing is great, it’s not intimidating at all.” It’s a long video, but well worth watching as a car legend enjoys a truly great car.

Image Credit: Jay Leno’s Garage on YouTube