Rimac Electric Supercar vs. LaFerrari Aug 18, 2016 by Ian (Driver Weekly)
The LaFerrari is one of the fastest cars in the world—but is it a match for the world’s first electric supercar? Professional racecar driver Archie Hamilton had the opportunity to go head-to-head against the Rimac Concept One electric supercar—first in a Tesla Model S P90D, and then in the incredible LaFerrari. His goal? To test the rumored performance of the 1,088hp Concept One (also known as the Concept_One) for himself. We couldn’t believe it but this stunning car wasn’t built by an international automaker, it was designed and manufactured by complete newcomer Rimac Automobili in Sveta Nedelja, Croatia. Founded by Mate Rima after the hobbyist started tinkering with electric cars in his garage at the age of nineteen, Rimac pioneered the Concept One to stunned industry insiders at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009. The supercar has a 92kWh battery and can leap from a standstill to 100kph (62mph) in just 2.8 seconds and continue to accelerate until it hits 305kph. Archie Hamilton travelled to Croatia to put the official specifications to the test, first against the similar electric acceleration available to the Tesla and then against the power of a LeFerrari. Watch the video from Archie Hamilton Racing to see for yourself, but the results were out of this world. When the Tesla P90D was in Ludicrous Mode—improving acceleration by disabling the governor on the electric engine—the Concept One is still faster out of the gate. Even the 6.3L 950hp V12 on the LaFerrari (with a hybrid electric kinetic energy recovery system that provides bursts of extra power) is no match for the instant acceleration and smooth power of the electric supercar. Is the gasoline engine obsolete?