First, there were gasoline powered supercars, then there were hybrid supercars and then there were all-electric supercars. Then came the gasoline powered hypercars followed by hybrid supercars. And now, it's the time for the world's first all-electric hypercar! Yes, the world's first all-electric hypercar is here and it belongs to the little known country of Croatia.
Known as the Rimac Concept One, the world's first and the fastest all-electric hypercar belongs to a Croatian startup firm called the Rimac Automobili. And when we say the world's fastest hypercar, we are not chalking some whimsical story. Rimac Automobili has unveiled a video where the Rimac Concept One can be seen thrashing a Ferrari LaFerrari (hybrid hypercar) and Tesla Model S (all-electric supercar).
The Rimac Concept One is powered by four electric motors and four different gearboxes. The four motors are connected to all wheel torque vectoring, 8450 lithium ion battery cells rated at 650V with a capacity of 82 kWh, and seven independent cooling systems. The Rimac Concept One churns out a thunderous and eerily silent 1088 HP power and 1600 Nm of torque.
This much torque helps the Rimac One to do a sprint from a 0-100 kmph in just 2.5 seconds, with a top speed of 355 km/h. When not on an acceleration run, the batteries can push the car to 330 km, before running out of juice. The front motors feature single-speed gearboxes and the rear motors, a two-speed double-clutch gearbox on each side. Each of the four motors are said to have the world’s highest power density.
On the mechanical front, the Rimac Concept One is made with a carbon fiber body, a chrome steel chassis with aluminum and carbon fiber members, electro-hydraulic steering, double-wishbone suspension setup with hydraulically adjustable ride height, along with 15.3-inch carbon ceramic discs up front and 15-inch brakes on the back. Rimac Concept One’s battery pack is designed to absorb 400 kW of power while braking, or regenerative braking as it is called.
As if the performance figures were not enough, to demonstrate the Concept One’s prowess, Rimac sourced a Tesla S and LaFerrari, as mentioned above for a drag race. The video shows the Tesla Model S, going first against the Concept One in a bid to retain its king status in the straight line acceleration for electric cars. In a matter of seconds, the Rimac decimated Tesla S, even with the latters ‘Ludicrous Mode’ and P90 specifications.
Next up is the Ferrari LaFerrari, the hybrid hypercar with over 960 bhp of power produced from an electrically assisted, 6.3-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine. The LaFerrari can sprint from standstill to 100 kmph in less than 3 seconds with an electronically-limited top speed of 380 kmph. While it might be darn good numbers, are they enough for the Rimac? Check the video above to know the result!