The Rimac Concept_One has claimed another victim.
While traditional internal combustion engine cars are usually seen as the benchmark for performance, EVs have been hitting the headlines lately for breaking speed records. Currently, the biggest talking point is of course the Faraday Future FF 91, which can hit 0–60 mph in a lightning fast 2.39 seconds, beating the previous record set by the Tesla Model S. Then there’s the Rimac Concept_One, which has a reputation for being the Bugatti Veyron equivalent of electric cars after it made mincemeat out of the LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spider.
But how does the all-electric supercar fare against its fuel-powered counterpart? It’s not the first time the Rimac has been pitted against the Veyron, but now we get to see them battle it out in a gearhead-pleasing drag race held at Rimac’s headquarters in Croatia. Watching the video, it’s fair to say that the Rimac Concept_One has claimed another victim.
Such awe-inspiring speed is achieved thanks to the EV’s phenomenal power. Four electric motors, each with their own gearbox, generate a pulse-pounding 1088 horsepower, 1,180 lb-ft of torque and a 0-62 mph time of just 2.6 seconds. And all of that happens the instant you tap the accelerator. No wonder the Veyron struggled to keep up. Of course, there are several factors to consider here. The instant acceleration of an electric car will always outpace its fuel-powered rivals in straight-line speed, so the result would probably have been quite different if the drag race went beyond the quarter mile finish line once the Veyron’s turbos kick in.
The sub-zero temperatures also didn’t agree with the traction control of both vehicles, and the reaction times of the Veyron driver seem slightly off. The original Veyron is over a decade old now too, so it’s hardly a recent example – we reckon a rematch with the new 1500 hp Bugatti Chiron is in order. Still, it’s an eye-opening reminder that the potential power of all-electric cars shouldn’t be underestimated.