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Rimac's Next EV Hypercar Could Smash The Tesla Roadster

Chances are it'll even go on sale first.

Over the past week there’s been, perhaps, too much attention given to Tesla and its new Roadster, due in 2020. There have also been claims regarding the Roadster’s (and the also new Semi) range capabilities and battery tech. The verdict is still out and no doubt this will continue to be a source of debate for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, let’s not forget about a certain other EV hypercar company, Rimac, and its upcoming next-generation hypercar.

The Croatia-based firm has also been in the news off and on, most recently when The Grand Tour co-host Richard Hammond lost control and crashed a Rimac Concept_One. He went on record not long after his brush with death, with company founder Mate Rimac at his side, acknowledging he crashed because he approached the corner too fast, causing the torque vectoring system to send the car into oversteer. Remember, there’s 1,180 lb-ft of torque on hand. According to a report from AutoGuide, Rimac’s next will be even more powerful. Set to debut sometime next year, Rimac’s distributor for the Americas told AutoGuide the new unnamed model is being built from the ground-up and it's been in development for a few years now.

The Concept_One accelerates from 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds, while Elon Musk claims the new Roadster can make the same sprint in 1.9 seconds. That’s the benchmark right there. We think Rimac can, at the very least, meet that. Given its solid track record so far and already announced expansion plans, Rimac could very well steal Tesla’s electric supercar thunder. We’d love to see that happen.

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