I'm a huge fan of , mostly because what his team of 150 creates in Croatia is truly world class technology that has the potential to change the automotive industry in the very near future.
In case you're not familiar with Rimac's first limited production car, the Concept One, here's what about their four-engined, torque-vectoring 1088 horsepower electric speed machine:
'We have three "secret weapons" to battle the Achilles' heels of electric cars when it comes to performance. Just between you and me, I'll whisper a bit about those secrets:
- Tons of power and torque. With four motors that have 1600 Nm of torque (1180 lb-ft) at basically zero RPM and well over 1000 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.'
We already know that the Tesla Model S P90D can run the quarter mile in a Vin Diesel-approved 10.804-seconds. That's not bad, but not Rimac material either.
When it comes to the LaFerrari, we're talking about a 789 horsepower N/A V12 complete with a 161 additional electric horses thanks to KERS, powering the rear wheels through one of the fastest dual clutch gearboxes you can get. Ferrari's finest is also significantly lighter than Rimac's second fastest car, but more power, a lot more torque and the clever four-wheel drive system makes it outrun anything road legal you can think of, with a run of 2.69 seconds to 62 mph and 9.92 seconds on the quarter mile on a dirty, cold runway.
In case this made you wonder what's it like to drive a Concept One on a track, just ask 10 time local rally champion Juraj Šebalj about how the car can understeer, feel neutral or oversteer depending on which button you push on its touchscreen: