Most of us can only dream of owning a Rimac Nevera.
It’s the world’s fastest electric car (258 mph), costs $3 million, and only 150 will ever be built.
Purchased by Ian Davidson. Car number 147 is currently under construction in Croatia and he is offering his fellow enthusiasts the chance to own a small part of it and race in a virtual version of it.
A real version of the two-passenger butterfly-door hypercar (a supercar, but much more) accelerates from 0 to 100mph in just 1.85 seconds and is stored in a secure storage facility. increase. Driving a car depreciates it. And insurance would be a nightmare.
“You cannot own Rimac Nevera. motor bars“Even if you do, you can’t drive it.
“It’s three times faster than the average car. It has 18 times the horsepower of the average car. It’s just mind-boggling.”
The Nevera is produced by Rimac Automobili, founded by innovator and entrepreneur Mate Rimac, who started out as a private garage in 2009.
Today it operates as a joint venture with the iconic Bugatti, founded a century ago as the maker of the world’s most beautiful and most expensive petrol cars.
Davidson aims to attract 10,000 subscribers to Nevera, with 10,000 paying $600 for car shares via non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
So they don’t just own a small part of the physical car, they also own a virtual version, each “painted” with their own AI-enhanced design (or livery) so they can compete with the others. Become.
“Partial ownership is ownership,” says Davidson. “You say you own your home, but most of the time the bank owns a large part of it.
“You own a car, and you may own the car 50/50 or 1/10,000.
“I’m not going to drive a physical car, but I’m going to be driving the digital version. And the digital world is getting bigger and bigger.”
It is evolving into the Metaverse, the parallel universe of the Internet. If you’re new to this virtual world, buckle up for the next bit.
Automotive enthusiasts (usually young men) are sufficiently dedicated and wealthy to spend $10,000 or more on racing simulators that replicate the real experience, complete with seats, cockpits, steering wheels, pedals and screens. the way.
These petrolheads (who haven’t yet updated their electric car enthusiast terminology) race each other on the Metaverse racetrack, sometimes for money. It’s as real as possible, if not real.
“Putting you in a driving simulator with six degrees of motion, complete with hydraulics and a headset, will fool your head. The experience will be incredible,” Davidson said. say.
Nevera subscribers will eventually be able to race their own livery version of the car on a specially designed 7km track.
“We want to create a unique and distinctive racetrack that blends into the world. asset corsa (ultra-realistic simulation racing game),” says Davidson.
No one else combines elements of games, fractional ownership and NFTs, he says.
“Bugatti wouldn’t tell us to do all this if other people were doing it.
“The Rimac Nevera is our first car and proof of concept, but we want to do the same with more cars.
A bigger dream is to build a “mega electric car mall” in the metaverse full of such hypercars.
So far, Davidson says, the metaverse can be a lonely place.He gets more collectible cars, creates digital twins, fragments them, NFTs high seas trading platform.
“We are building a space and creating a community of people who have invested in the physical cost of some ownership. will be available,” says Davidson.
An even bigger dream completes the circle, turning that virtual world into the real world.
“Here’s my big, big, big, big picture in five years: We bought 300 cars. Then create a physical representation of what you create digitally.
“All of our cars were stored in a warehouse. The idea is to keep all those cars in a racetrack museum. We put 100 or 300 cars, and that’s where we really want to get to.”