Rimac Automobili is a Croatian car manufacturer that develops and produces high-performance electric cars, drivetrain and battery systems, headquartered at Sveta Nedelja, Croatia. Rimac Automobili’s first model, the Concept One, is known as the world’s fastest production electric vehicle. While Rimac sells high-performance vehicles under their own brand, the company develops and produces drivetrain systems and full vehicles for other companies. Greyp Bikes is a sister company that makes electric bikes.
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.