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Rimac Concept One demolishes Bugatti Veyron in drag race

By Tony O’Kane, 16 Jan 2017 News

Rimac Concept One demolishes Bugatti Veyron in drag race

Still think electric cars are glorified golf carts? Rimac wants to prove you wrong.

Electric versus combustion engine showdowns are no new thing, but it’s always an eye-widening display whenever a video of two seemingly mis-matched powerplants going head to head hits the internet.

We’ve seen Croatian start-up Rimac savage a Ferrari LaFerrari before, but this time around the company takes on the ‘fast car’ archetype, the Bugatti Veyron. The quad-turbo, 16-cylinder Veyron may be a porky beast at 1.8 tonne, but with over 730kW, 1250Nm, and an official 0-100km/h sprint time of roughly 2.5 seconds, it’s no slug.

But, spoiler alert, the Rimac Concept_One is faster.

You’ll need to watch the video to find out just how much quicker it is over the quarter mile (and truth be told it’s a reasonably close result by the 400m mark), but the Rimac’s lead is a clear one. From the moment it leaves the line, it’s obvious it has the Bugatti hosed.

Bugatti -and -Rimac -concept -onejpgBut with 800kW of power and a colossal 1600Nm of torque being generated by four motors and channelled through all four wheels via a sophisticated torque-vectoring computer, the Rimac holds the upper hand when it comes to performance metrics.

What’s interesting though, is that after a comparatively slow launch the Bugatti begins to gain ground on the Rimac about two-thirds of the way down the strip.

-Rimac -concept -onejpgWhile the instant torque of electric motors results in astounding standing start sprints, combustion engines perform better when the speeds get higher – and it shows. Had this race been done over a half-mile rather than a mere quarter, the finishing order would likely have been quite different.