Does the ICE-powered Bugatti stand a chance against these incredible EVs?
YouTube channel The Triple F Collection has put on an extreme exhibition drag race between three of the world's craziest performers, pitting the Rimac Nevera against a Bugatti Chiron Super Sport and Tesla Model S Plaid. This comes just more than a month after the collection took delivery of the Nevera featured in the video.
If there's one company that can match Bugatti's performance cachet in the EV realm, that's Rimac. Now under the same corporate umbrella as Bugatti, the Nevera is touted as the fastest electric car in the world. The all-electric hypercar has four individual motors, producing a combined output of 1,877 hp and 1,741 lb-ft of torque.
The Tesla Model S Plaid is the only four-door contender here. But don't let the family-friendly form fool you; it boasts astounding acceleration, reaching 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds, making it one of the quickest accelerating electric vehicles, behind the Nevera and Pininfarina Battista. The Model S Plaid's tri-motor setup delivers over 1,000 horsepower and can attain a top speed of around 200 mph.
As the only combustion engine-powered vehicle of the bunch, the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport is powered by a quad-turbo 8.0-liter W16 engine that churns out 1,577 hp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque. Despite its relative heft, it is lighter than both the Rimac and the Tesla, giving the ICE contender a weight advantage for this straight-line contest.
The results of the race on the dusty old airfield were quite interesting. Given the Rimac's weight handicap, the Nevera still bested the Chiron Super Sport in the drag race even after multiple tries. It also beat the Tesla Model S Plaid for good measure.
The results of this race show how far electric vehicle technology has come. The Nevera is a testament to the power and performance that electric cars can achieve. It is also a sign of things to come, as the arms race for who makes the fastest road-legal production car continues to heat up.