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Rimac electric supercar toasts Tesla, flogs LaFerrari

By Scott Newman, 19 Aug 2016 News

Croatian supercar has the speed to beat the world's best

Rimac electric supercar toasts Tesla, flogs LaFerrari

When Croatian electric supercar maker Rimac unveiled its Concept S at this year's Geneva Motor Show, we thought "that's cool", reported it and never expected to see it again.

Forgive our cynicism, but at every single motor show there's always some supercar maker from an unusual country making outlandish performance claims, despite the fact that the car spinning on its dais is barely capable of moving, let alone entering production.

But the Rimac works, or at least its baby brother, the Concept One does, and it's unbelievably fast. British race driver Archie Hamilton lined up the battery-powered bullet for a race against a Tesla Model S and a Ferrari LaFerrari and the Rimac smoked both of them.

The Rimac's four electric motors produce a cmobined 811kW/1600Nm, which launches its 1800kg bulk to 100km/h in just 2.6sec and 200km/h in 6.2sec on its way to a 355km/h. Bold claims, but judging by the video above, they're not too far from the truth.