British racer and YouTuber Archie Hamilton went all the way to Croatia in order to put a Tesla Model S P90D and a LaFerrari against Rimac’s Concept_One on the 1/4 mile. Unsurprisingly for those familiar with the all-electric Concept_One, it easily won all the runs.
Rimac founder and CEO Mate Rimac commented on the comparison with the Model S and admitted that it’s not really a fair one:
“Being a family sedan with lots of space and in a completely different price category, this comparison isn’t really fair. But in terms of performance, the Tesla it is the closes thing to the Concept_One in the electric car world. It is an impressive car and performs very well at low speeds. On a full ¼ mile, the difference between the Tesla and the Concept_One is quite large.”
The Model S weighs ~500 kg more than the Concept_One and as Rimac pointed out, it’s not really in the same segment or price range. The Model S P90D costs about $130,000, while the Concept_One costs $980,000.
The Concept_One can accelerate from 0 to 61 mph (100 km/h) in 2,69 seconds and run the quarter-mile in 9,92 seconds.
Rimac explained how he thinks his Concept_One managed to beat the LaFerrari and the Model S:
- Tons of power and torque. With four motors outputting 1.600 Nm at almost 0 speed and well over 1.000 hp, the Concept_One has enough torque and power to keep its tires busy even at high speeds.
- Cooling. The Concept_One has seven independent cooling systems and several smaller sub-systems. We have worked really hard to maximize the performance for track use and not just for a couple of acceleration runs.
- Gearbox. Each of the four motors is connected to an independent gearbox. While the front motors have single-ratio reduction gearboxes, each rear motor has its own two-speed dual-carbon-clutch gearbox. This helps us to have great acceleration while also having a very high top speed. Most importantly, it allows the Concept_One to accelerate very quickly even at high speeds.
The Concept_one has been in limited-production since 2014. It’s not clear how many they have delivered so far, but the company says they have delivered the one in the video to a customer in the US after filming.