Mat spends most of his time blasting exotic machinery down a drag strip, much to the delight of his many fans on YouTube. Here he tells us about a truly special run…

Left foot jammed down hard on the brake pedal. Floor the throttle with your right. Pause for two seconds then sharply release the brake. In less time than it takes for you to read this short sentence, the new fully electric 1 408 kW Rimac Nevera has catapulted me a quarter of a mile down the runway, setting an unofficial production car world record of 8.62 seconds in the process. (Watch Mat drag race the Nevera in the video below…)

“Every so-called fast car I’ve driven since just feels, well, positively slow!”

The fact this incredible time was achieved using cold street tyres on a dusty runway suggests there’s more to come. In fact, on drag radials and a prepped strip, a figure in the low eights seems entirely possible. Thing is, while the Croatian-built Nevera is a truly amazing four-motor electric machine with the power to absolutely rearrange your innards, it’s left me with a bit of a problem. Every so-called fast car I’ve driven since just feels, well, positively slow!

Rimac Nevera

Power: 1 408 kW
Torque: 2 360 N.m
0-100 km/h: 1.97 seconds
0-300 km/h: 9.3 seconds
Top speed: 412 km/h
Battery capacity: 120 kWh
Range (WLTP): 550 km
Production: 150 units