Back in 1967, the Lamborghini Miura became the fastest production car in the world, using the full might of its V12 engine to become the first to nudge through the 170 mph barrier.Fast forward several decades and theRimac Nevera has just achieved the same speed, but going backwards! Witnessed by Guinness World Records and verified using data measured by Dewesoft, the Rimac Nevera now officially holds the Guinness World Records title for the fastest speed in reverse.
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The test was performed at the Automotive Testing Papenburg facility in Germany where earlier this year it had broken more than 20 acceleration and braking records in a single day. Finished in the Time Attack Edition livery worn during earlier record-breaking runs – available to just 12 customers globally – the Nevera was driven to a top speed of 275.74 kmph (171.34 mph) in reverse.
“It occurred to us during development that Nevera would probably be the world’s fastest car in reverse, but we kind of laughed it off. The aerodynamics, cooling and stability hadn’t been engineered for travelling backwards at speed, after all. But then, we started to talk about how fun it would be to give it a shot. Our simulations showed that we could achieve well over 150mph but we didn’t have much of an idea how stable it would be – we were entering unchartered territory,” said Matija Renic, Nevera Chief Program Engineer, Bugatti Rimac.