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Top Gear is back and better than ever, with Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris testing out the weirdest and most wonderful cars the world has to offer. In episode one of series 33, Chris Harris tested a brand new all-electric supercar from Croatia – the Rimac Nevera.
He said: “Croatia is a lovely place. Cracking seafood scene. But not one with a history of building fast cars. Or any history of building any cars.
“But this Navera could be the car to put Croatia on the car map because it’s built by a company called Rimac.”
The company is younger than a decade old, but is already being compared to Aston Martin, Porsche and Ferrari.
The Navera is built completely from scratch, with the only non-Rimac components being the tyres and a few parts of the air conditioning.
The battery, technology and almost all other key components are designed and manufactured at Rimac’s headquarters near Zagreb.
It is fitted with the largest battery of any electric vehicle and will do over 300 miles on a single charge.
However, the price, as Chris Harris was keen to point out, may put some motorists off – coming in at a staggering £2million.
“That’s not Ferrari money, that’s not Lamborghini money, that’s Bugatti money, that’s private jet money,” Harris said.
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It is also the fastest accelerating road car ever built, with Chris Harris describing the car as “remarkable”.
In August 2022, Formula One champion Nico Rosberg took delivery of car number one of the 150 models in production.
After seeing the stunning performance of the Rimac on the track, he asked: “So is that it? Electric’s won? Should all petrol supercars just give up?”
In response, Chris said: “It’s not as simple as that. They need to give up on the acceleration and the speed race because these things are so fast, and there’s no catching up.
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“Petrol needs to trade on emotion now. Gear changes, sound, go lightweight.
“But don’t try and out-accelerate this monster, because you will lose.”
The series opener also saw the hosts embark on a road trip across Thailand in a pick-up truck adventure.
Thailand is known for its love of pick-up trucks, with some calling it the “Detroit of the Far East”.
Along the way, Paddy McGuinness was left red-faced after being accused of breaking a key driving law in Thailand.
Over their car radios, Chris Harris asked the other petrolheads if they knew what the single most important road rule was in Thailand.
He said: “It is actually illegal to drive without wearing a shirt. And McGuinness you are let’s say pushing it slightly.”
Despite the often tropical weather, drivers can be fined for driving in Thailand without a shirt.
Police can, and do, hand out tickets if they spot motorists topless while driving a car or motorcycle.
The penalty can range from a mere slap on the wrist – or sun-burned shoulders – to a few hundred baht, which is generally around £10.
Series 33 of Top Gear starts tonight at 8pm on BBC One and available on BBC iPlayer.
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