Published on June 18th, 2015 | by Christopher DeMorro1
Rimac Pikes Peak EV Racer on the Dyno
Croatia’s Mate Rimac wants to be the Elon Musk of Eastern Europe, and his boutique EV maker Rimac Automobili is already getting noticed on the global stage. Beyond the million-dollar, 1,088 horsepower Concept_One, Rimac has also gotten involved with Koenigsegg’s hybrid hypercar and the new Formula E series.
Rimac’s latest venture has it teamed up with veteran hill climb racer Monster Tajima as they try to set a new Pikes Peak course record with a 1 megawatt/1,341 horsepower E-Runner electric race car. Building such an ambitious machine requires a lot of testing, and if there’s one thing I can’t get enough of, it’s seeing electric vehicles dominate the dynamometer. While Rimac doesn’t lay out exactly how much power the E-Runner lays down, pre-dyno estimates had it putting 1,475 horsepower and 1,100 lb-ft of torque to the street…even more than the 1 megawatt rating suggests.
That’s literally more than twice as much power as the Tesla P85D, in a vehicle that weighs some 1,500 pounds less. At just 3,300 pounds, the E-Runner can blitz to 60 MPH in just 2.2 seconds, and on Sunday June 28th we’ll find out if it has enough power to set a new Pikes Peak record. Tajima and Rimac won’t be alone with their electric ambitions either, as Rhys Millen will be driving an all-electric racer from Latvia, the land of potato jokes.
There will also be plenty of conventionally-powered competitors with the same goal too, but Pikes Peak seems destined to be ruled by electric vehicles.