A few days ago Archie Hamilton, a 24-year old professional racing driver and You tuber from the UK, came to Croatia to test out the La Ferrari against the first electric super car in the world, the Concept One, produced by the Croatian company Rimac Automobili.
Young Hamilton also brought with him the Tesla P90D with Ludicrous Mode, until recently the most powerful Tesla's model and the fastest accelerating sedan in the world. First he raced the Tesla P90D against the Concept One and then he tested out the cutting-edge hyper-car from Ferrari, the La Ferrari with 936HP against the Croatian car.
Over a quarter mile stretch Hamilton made a number of comparisons and he was more than surprised that Maranello's best car ever was beaten by the car without a combustion engine made by a small Croatian company from Sveta Nedjelja near Zagreb. As stated in a press release from Rimac Automobili, the Concept One accelerated from 0 to 100km/h in 2.69 sec, whilst a quarter of a mile it ''flew over'' in 9.92 sec.
“As you can see in the video, the Concept One is already pretty fast. But we’re working hard to make it even faster. Of course, this is not the only thing we’re doing. Not by a long shot,” said Mate Rimac, the founder of Rimac Automobili.
Interestingly, the founder and the CEO Mate Rimac started to convert his first car when he was only 19 years old: “I owned an old BMW E30 from 1984 which I used for drift and circuit races. At one of these races, the gas engine blew up. Then I decided to try building an electric vehicle (EV). After a year or so the car was able to drive but I was not satisfied with the result. It was heavy, not very powerful and the range was very limited. I started to gather a team of experts to develop our own components since I believed that electric propulsion can give much more compared to what was available on the market. At that time, I already had a very clear vision of my ultimate goal. Today, hard work is making my dream come true.”
The first copy of the Concept One was delivered in January 2013 to a Spanish customer, the company Applus + IDIADA. The car was completed in four months, and the price is unknown.
His other commercial model of the Concept One, which Rimac Automobili presented at the International Motor Show in Geneva on the 1st of March 2016, will be produced in only eight copies.