It might be time to start calling in the big guns over at Koenigsegg to come and restore some dignity to the fossil fuel loving gearheads of the world. Reason being, the Rimac Concept One is slaying down the world’s fastest hypercars without even breaking a sweat, or a sound for that matter. We first caught wind of the latest piece of electric car technology from the Croatian-based Rimac Automobili back in February of 2016. At the time representatives claimed it would be the fastest production electric car ever made, but that was all speculation.
Here we are basically a year later and not only does the Rimac Concept One appear to be living up to that statement, but its also laying the smackdown on gas and hybrid powered cars too. First, it went out and destroyed the Laferrari and Tesla P90D, then it lined up next to the Porsche 918 Spyder, considered to be one of the fastest accelerating production cars on the market, and the Rimac literally walked away from it. Now there are videos coming out where the Rimac is lining up next to the mighty Bugatti Veyron, surely this will be the end of the Rimac’s winning streak, right? Granted it appears to be “just” the Veyron 16.4, not the Super Sport or Grand Vitesse. That means it “only” has 1000hp versus the 1200hp found in the other two. Both the Veyron and Concept one have around 1,000hp, the Veyron has four turbos, the Rimac has four motors. It should be a close race, but it’s not.
At least not in a quarter mile drag race. If it was a mile race the Veyron would probably reel him in because you’ll notice it does start to make up some ground there towards the end of the race. Although Rimac representatives did go out of their way to mention that this race took place at below freezing temperatures just after dawn in Croatia one morning and that both cars are capable of launching much harder. Would warmer weather make that much of a difference in the overall results? Not likely, because even though the Bugatti might launch better on a warmer track due to somewhat outdated traction control technology, so would the Concept One. Needless to say, the Veyron doesn’t stand a chance in a quarter mile race, no matter the circumstances. Mr. Koenigsegg, it might be time to bust out that mega car known as the One:1, although it would be really bad for petrol lovers if that got beat too.