Peter Ternström: This will be the new normal – Chronicles

Va? 0-300 in nine seconds in a family car? Absolutely. Let me explain.

Rimac Nevera’s performance is extreme. But not for long, our columnist thinks.

This is a chronicle. This means that the content is the writer’s own opinion.


Zero to three hundred kilometers per hour in nine seconds. Suck it. This is the insane acceleration of the Croatian hypercar Rimac Nevera. To achieve this, it has 1,914 horsepower and 2,200 newton meters of torque. Top speed? Just over 400 km / h. The range is actually not that crazy – Rimac states 650 kilometers before it’s time to charge the batteries.

The batteries? You read that right. This is a fully powered hypercar. No hybrid. Only electric motors and batteries.

Do you think these are impressive numbers? You’re not alone. The car has already been tested in TV programs and compared to the SF90 Stradale, Ferrari’s hybrid car with approximately 1,000 horsepower. The result? The Ferrari is humiliated. A Croatian electric car thus beats the latest monster from Maranello – with horse lengths.

The acceleration is so bizarrely violent that some people experience extreme tunnel vision and that their eyes turn black. If you have low blood pressure and become dizzy when you get out of bed, I advise you not to push the gas to the bottom. The risk is that you lose consciousness.

Zero to one hundred goes in just under two seconds. Just two seconds is a magic limit that gets hard to hit. No matter how much horsepower and how much torque you can deliver to the wheels, it is now the tire attachment that sets the limit. You need warm special tires to accelerate faster.

Cool? Yes, at least for now. The performance you read about here will not be classified as extremely particularly long. At the end of the decade, my assessment is that this is the new normal.

Va? 0-300 in nine seconds in a family car? Absolutely. Let me explain.

Sometime during the 90’s I was on Lars Bengtsson’s TV and HiFi at S: t Eriksplan in Stockholm. They had brought the first plasma TV to the store. I and a dozen other customers admired the fantastic flat device. I think it was a Philips, but I do not remember.

The price was 180,000 kroner. The picture was not even good, it was quite milky and dull. However, the TV sold out the same afternoon.

Just three years later, a twice as good plasma TV cost SEK 30,000. Then I struck. In three years, the price had fallen by 80 percent, while the performance was twice as good. A rather astonishing development.

I think the exact same thing will happen with electric cars. Rimac Nevera costs twenty million kronor. If we follow the trend as in the example with the plasma TV, the same performance is available for two million kronor in five to six years. A few more years later, at the end of the century, the technology is so cheap and widespread that it is also available for family cars in the premium segment for less than one million kronor (or equivalent).

The future Mercedes-AMG E 63, BMW M5 and Audi RS 6 are then fully electric and do 0-300 in less than ten seconds from the factory. Anyone want to bet with me?

One more thing. “Rimak” is not pronounced. The correct pronunciation is “Rimats”. Now you know!


Source: Senaste nytt från auto motor & sport by www.mestmotor.se.

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