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.