Rimac Nevera Completes Final Crash Test

The intense crash test program for the global homologation of Rimac Nevera is finally complete after four years, thousands of digital simulations and nine complete vehicles destroyed. In total, Rimac Nevera prototypes were subject to 45 separate physical crash tests, and many more static passive safety tests – all necessary to ensure customers throughout the world can safely experience Rimac’s next-generation all-electric hypercar on the road.

The final test, which took place end of January, was the demanding side pole test, conducted at 32km/h and simulating a side impact with a lamppost. With very little of the car’s body and chassis between the pole and the occupants, and very little energy absorbed by the pole, it’s one of the most difficult tests a car can be subjected to. The structure of the Nevera proved to be so effective at distributing the crash energy that the door on the impact side could still be opened after the test. This test was the last passive safety US-homologation test, while European homologation tests were completed in 2021.

Passive safety for the Nevera has been developed by the in-house team at Rimac, initially using High Performance Cluster computers, capable of digitally simulating in near-perfect detail the effects of a crash test impact on every single component of the Nevera. Despite a physical crash test impact taking just 80 milliseconds – less than a blink of an eye – to simulate a test takes the computers 20 hours of processing time. Only once engineers have achieved the desired results digitally do they make adjustments to the physical cars and subject them to ‘the wall’.

The Nevera was designed from the very beginning to be extremely safe, built around an advanced carbon fibre monocoque extending between the front and rear suspension attachments. As a result, the Nevera is the stiffest production car ever created, with a torsional rigidity of 70,000 Nm/degree – a regular supercar will be around 40,000 Nm/degree. The monocoque also forms part of a very stiff survival cell that helps to dissipate energy around the occupants in the case of a crash. The roof of Nevera can resist more than three times the weight of the car.

Throughout the crash test program since 2019, Rimac Nevera prototypes were subjected to the most extreme of conditions. During this latest side pole test, the occupant – a 200,000 eur crash test dummy – experienced up to 25 g of lateral acceleration, but have been subjected to 41g during the frontal wall crash test at 56km/h. The highest impact speed Nevera experienced during the process was in the US-market rear crash test, completed at 80km/h. Furthermore, the last crash test resulted with the dummy’s load results being all green with high margin.

Rimac has been transparent with the crash test process, publicly sharing everything from the early materials tests, the prototype developments and these final crash tests. Members of the media have been actively welcomed in throughout the entire journey of creation for the Nevera, too, offering unrivaled insight into the development of a transformational all-electric hypercar from the ground up.

The Nevera was designed to excel in every area, with each component scrutinized and carefully engineered to deliver the best possible performance. For four years now we have been applying that same painstaking attention to detail to the safety of Nevera, with engineers working tirelessly on thousands of digital simulations and modifications to prototype vehicles, just to see their work destroyed during the crash testing process. All of their efforts has been absolutely crucial to the development of Nevera, and as this latest test concludes the Nevera crash-testing program, which brings us close to finally being able to hand over our next-generation all-electric hypercar to its first owners throughout the world.”

Mate Rimac, Rimac Group founder and CEO

Designed, engineered, and built in-house at Rimac Automobili, the Nevera is limited to just 150 units. Made possible by its 120kWh, 6960-cell battery producing 1914hp and 2360Nm of torque, Nevera achieves a top speed of 258 mph (412 km/h), a 0-62mph (100km/h) time of 1.85 seconds, and a 0-100 mph (161 km/h) time of 4.3 seconds. It has been indep

Leonardo and Vertical Aerospace announce collaboration on Fuselage Development Program

  • Vertical and Leonardo to collaborate on the development of the fuselage for Vertical’s VX4 electric aircraft
  • Leonardo is lending its expertise, honed on numerous civil and defence aerospace programs, to Vertical’s aircraft
  • The collaboration is for an initial six certification aircraft but may scale up to mass production of 2,000 VX4s per year, to meet Vertical’s market-leading pre-order book
  • The partnership between Vertical and Leonardo builds on Vertical’s unparalleled ecosystem of partners that already includes Honeywell, Rolls-Royce, Microsoft, GKN and Solvay

Rome, Italy, London, UK & New York, USA | February 2022 – Vertical Aerospace (“Vertical”) (NYSE:EVTL), a leading aerospace and technology company that is pioneering zero-emissions aviation, today announced that it has agreed a joint development program with Leonardo for the design, testing, manufacture and supply of the carbon composite fuselage for Vertical’s VX4 electric aircraft.

Vertical and Leonardo will work together on optimising lightweight composite structures, modular design, systems installation, and structural testing for the co-development of the aircraft’s fuse- lage. This is currently in place for at least six certification aircraft, up to the successful certification of the VX4. The agreement has also stated the potential to scale fuselage production to 2,000 aircraft a year to meet Vertical’s existing market-leading order book demand. Vertical has what it believes is the largest conditional pre-order book (by value) in the eVTOL industry, of up to 1,350 aircraft worth $5.4 billion from American Airlines, Avolon, Bristow and Iberojet, including pre-order options from Virgin Atlantic and Marubeni, and through Avolon’s placements, airlines JAL and Gol.

Leonardo has long-established expertise in composite aerostructures development and manufac- turing on civil and defense programs. The aerospace firm also has a close relationship with Vertical’s strategic composite materials supplier, Solvay. Vertical and Solvay are jointly developing advanced materials and manufacturing technologies that will enable high volume manufacture of the VX4.

Vertical’s partnership with Leonardo builds on its unparalleled ecosystem of partners, including Rolls-Royce, Honeywell, Solvay, GKN and Microsoft. Vertical continues to grow its team of expe- rienced engineers and aviation executives and expects to begin the VX4’s test flight programme later in 2022.

Vertical’s VX4 is paving the way for advanced air mobility and is expected to revolutionise the way we travel. The near silent, entirely electric, piloted aircraft is expected to have a range of over 100 miles and to reach top speeds of up to 200mph. With a four-passenger capacity, the zero operating emissions VX4 will also have a low cost per passenger mile, similar to that of a taxi.

Michael Cervenka, President of Vertical said: “Vertical is pioneering electric aviation and is on a mis- sion to transform the way people travel. I have been hugely impressed by Leonardos highly innovativand industry leading technical and manufacturing capabilities and our partnership has got off to a flying start. Im thrilled that Leonardo will be joining us in this journey. We have a market-leading pre-order book for our VX4, and this partnership will ensure that we can scale the programme to meet demand.”

Lucio Valerio Cioffi, Leonardos General Manager, said: Advanced air mobility is part of Leonardomandate to innovate using our cutting edge, human-centred technology and industrialisation expertise. We’re proud to collaborate with Vertical as part of our strategic vision in this brand new sector.”

Giancarlo Schisano, Managing Director of Leonardo’s Aerostructures Division said: “Leonardo, as partner to the world’s leading commercial aircraft manufacturers, is specialised in the production and as- sembly of major structural composite and metallic components for commercial aircraft. Leonardo strives to bring new technologies, materials and processes into our established practices in our production sites. This will be the case at our Grottaglie plant in Southern Italy, where we will focus our VX4 activities; the plant is one of the most advanced facilities in Europe to produce composite aerostructures.

The continuous development and integration of cutting-edge solutions across all domains, such as Advanced Air Mobility, is a key element of Leonardo’s BeTomorrow2030 Strategic Plan.

About Vertical Aerospace

Vertical Aerospace is pioneering electric aviation. The company was founded in 2016 by Stephen Fitzpatrick, an established entrepreneur best known as the founder of the Ovo Group, a leading energy and technology group and Europe’s largest independent energy retailer. Over the past five years, Vertical has focused on building the most experienced and senior team in the eVTOL industry, who have over 1,700 combined years of engineering experience, and have certified and supported over 30 different civil and military aircraft and propulsion systems.

Vertical’s top-tier partner ecosystem is expected to de-risk operational execution and its path- way to certification allows for a lean cost structure and enables production at scale. Vertical has a market-leading pre-order book (by value) for a total of up to 1,350 aircraft from American Airlines, Avolon, Bristow and Iberojet, which includes conditional pre-order options from Virgin Atlantic and Marubeni, and in doing so, is creating multiple potential near term and actionable routes to market.

Vertical’s ordinary shares listed on the NYSE in December 2021 under the ticker “EVTL”. Find out more: vertical-aerospace.com

About Leonardo

Leonardo, a global high-technology company, is among the top world players in Aerospace, Defense and Security and Italy’s main industrial company. Organized into five business divisions, Leonardo has a significant industrial presence in Italy, the United Kingdom, Poland and the USA, where it also operates through subsidiaries that include Leonardo DRS (defense electronics), and joint ventures and partnerships: ATR, MBDA, Telespazio, Thales Alenia Space and Avio. Leonardo competes in the most important international markets by leveraging its areas of technological and

product leadership (Helicopters, Aircraft, Aerostructures, Electronics, Cyber Security and Space). Listed on the Milan Stock Exchange (LDO), in 2020 Leonardo recorded consolidated revenues of

€13.4 billion and invested €1.6 billion in Research and Development. The company has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) since 2010 and has been confirmed among the global sustainability leaders in 2021. Leonardo is also included in the MIB ESG index.

About VX4 eVTOL Aircraft

The four passenger, one pilot VX4 is projected to have speeds up to 200mph, a range over 100 miles, near silent when in flight, zero operating emissions and low cost per passenger mile. The VX4 is expected to open up advanced air mobility to a whole new range of passengers and trans- form how we travel. Find out more: vertical-aerospace.com

MWC22 BARCELONA RUNS FROM 28 FEBRUARY – 3 MARCH 2022

 

At the outset of the pandemic, the mobile ecosystem demonstrated genuine leadership to keep vital lines of communication open. Two years later, as we learn to live with the virus, it is time for the industry to come together and collectively build a vision for a connected recovery.

Earlier this week, the GSMA made an informed statement confirming our intention to hold MWC22 Barcelona as planned. This moment demands responsible leadership. That means making difficult decisions and responding to everchanging circumstances, listening, and taking appropriate actions to protect and promote every member of this ecosystem.

Given the lengths that so many partners, large and small, have taken to reconvene and make MWC22 Barcelona a success, we remain on course to host the industry at Fira Gran Via on 28 February – 3 March. We do this with overwhelming support from the industry, our partners, Spain, Catalonia, Barcelona, and the Host City Parties. In fact, earlier this week, the first deputy mayor of Barcelona, Jaume Collboni confirmed the city’s “political, institutional and operational” support for MWC22 Barcelona.

We anticipate much speculation in the lead-up. Covid is a real concern, and unfortunately, in an environment with varied opinions and predictions about the near- and long-term impact, some exhibitors and attendees will be re-evaluating their plans for the event this year. Every year, we look forward to seeing our community come together, so we would be disappointed to miss any of you but understand and respect the decisions of our partners. The health and safety of staff, workers, exhibitors, visitors, suppliers, partners, and the local community remain our top priority. With three successful events in 2021, we have proven our ability to deliver a safe environment founded on our industry-leading health and safety plan, Committed Community.

This moment is our collective opportunity to showcase how the entire digital ecosystem continues to transform lives and significantly support global recovery with technology visionaries – against a backdrop of international recognition that connectivity has never been more critical.