While electric vehicles for the masses have gotten off to a slow start, every other week there seems to be a new ultra-high-end electric sports car for the world’s wealthy elite. Right now the Rimac Concept_One electric supercar is on a tour of the Middle East, and to prove its worth, Rimac set up an impromptu drag race. With a Ferrari. Bet you know where this is going.
With four electric motors producing a combined 1,073 horsepower and 1,180 ft-lbs of torque, the Rimac Concept_One is one of the most powerful vehicles in the world, gas or electric. With a 0-60 mph time of just 2.8 seconds and a silent-but-deadly powertrain, the Concept_One is currently showcasing its capabilities to the sheiks and oil barons of the Middle East.
Of course the Middle East is a hotbed for exotic car purchases, and one needn’t look hard to find a parking lot full of Ferraris and Lamborghinis, which are almost common place. That said, we wouldn’t call a Ferrari 458 Spider with a 540 horsepower 4.5 liter V8 a “common” car, though the Rimac electric supercar dispatches it with ease in a parking lot drag race. Just watching this electric supercar breaking its rear tires loose is relentlessly enjoyable.
Electric supercars may soon displace Ferraris and Lambos as the chariot of choice for the wealthiest among us, and Rimac is positioning itself as a literal leader in pure electric speed for a new century.