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Rimac Concept_One Electric Supercar Vs Ferrari 458: Guess Who Wins?

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The Ferrari 458 Spider is not a slow car. That sounds like a statement of the obvious, but when you see it left for dust by another vehicle, as in the video above, you might have wondered.

The 4.5-liter, V-8-engined Ferrari has no answer for the Concept_One, the thousand-plus horsepower supercar from Croatian builder Rimac.

Currently on a tour of the Middle East, the impromptu drag race was set up to demonstrate just how quickly electric cars can go. With an electric motor for each wheel and the combined hammer blows of 1,073 horsepower and 1,180 pounds-feet of torque, the 562-horsepower Ferrari was only ever going to come off second best.

Officially, the Concept_One will reach 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, to the Ferrari's 3.4.

And while the Concept_One is rather more expensive than the Ferrari--$980,000, to be precise--it's every inch the thoroughbred supercar. Really, it's more of a rival for Bugatti's spectacular Veyron, itself a million-dollar, thousand-horsepower machine.

A large 98 kWh lithium iron phosphate battery should give the Concept_One a 372-mile range, too. When you're not racing Ferraris, at any rate.

But there's another message here--that if you have plenty of money to spend (like the buyers Rimac is presumably wooing in the Middle East) then gasoline power isn't your only option for supercar speed any more.

If you want the pinnacle of road car speed, it could well be an electric vehicle on your list...

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  1. At least the Ferrari was able to keep it in a straight line :)

    I really like the look of the Concept_One
     
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  2. To be fair, the Rimac does cut in front of the Ferrari on that narrow road. There's no telling if the Ferrari was actually going 100% or the person driving it didn't want to crash into the back of the Rimac.
     
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  3. Rimac Concept_One, from the nation that brought us the tie, ball point pen, alternating current and the HS2000 handgun.
     
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  4. Not much of a drag race, I'd like to see this done again at a proper track. I'm sure after seeing the Tesla Model S kick a M5's butt the Rimac will probably destroy everything else. I'd. Like to see the Rimac One versus Ferrari's LaFerrari.
     
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  5. This needs to taken to a real drag strip. The fishtailing is also not a good look for the electric vehicle.
     
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  6. Even with fishtailing, 1088Nm of torque says Concept_One will win. That is physics, and physics always wins.

    The fishtailing is likely intentional, as Concept_One has four wheel torque vectoring. Considering that fact, I am not even sure how it was done.
     
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  7. Okay sports fans, here's what you just saw in this video:

    Design
    Ferrari 1 - Rimac 0

    Traction Control (Driveability)
    Ferrari 1 - Rimac 0

    SOUND
    Ferrari 1 - Rimac 0 Literally...ZERO

    Price
    Ferrari 1 - Rimac 0

    Heritage/Pedigree/Passion
    Ferrari 1 - Rimac 0 'Thoroughbred'? Please.

    HP/Torque
    Ferrari 0 - Rimac 1

    Bottom line is, I would buy 3 458's or LaFerrari before I bought a Rimac . And as far as HP numbers, etc... Who cares! 'Oooh look at me, I can build a $1,000,000 electric car that makes 1,000 horsepower!' I wonder if they are aware that there are Mustangs rolling off showroom floors making 800+ horsepower for
     
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  8. You're missing the point. You're also making the same argument that use drag racers used to use to justify our $30,000 10sec Camaros vs. a $285,000 12sec Murcielago. This is about pushing technology instead of running the same tired gasoline engines. It's about generating interest in the new technologies.
     
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  9. "Design
    Ferrari 1 - Rimac 0"

    Sorry, but I like the Croatian aggresive, ultramodern styling as opposed to worn out same old Ferrari. Time ran Ferrari over, and when they started doing paddle shifters and no diesel, that was the death knell for a company with a long history of innovation. They failed to innovate. EPIC FAIL.
     
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  10. Annatar - We agree that innovation will be key to success in the future, but I am curious... You basically equate cars like the 458 as a 'death knell' for Ferrari? I would wager Rimac will be dead and gone long before Ferrari will...

    Justin - I can totally appreciate your comment although to be quite honest, I was drawn to this article by it's title: "Rimac Concept_One Electric Supercar Vs Ferrari 458: Guess Who Wins?" Simply put, the Rimac has a lot going for it, but for most gearheads the 458 is the complete package (winner). As for innovation, and new technologies we can look to the LaFerrari which is a twin engine Hy-Kers (a la Formula 1 racing) hybrid making basically 1,000 horsepower. I think Ferrari's future is pretty secure. Thanks
     
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  11. "Annatar - We agree that innovation will be key to success in the future, but I am curious... You basically equate cars like the 458 as a 'death knell' for Ferrari?"

    No, just their foolish and stubborn decision to stick with gasoline engines and go with paddle shifting automatic. If I am paying that kind of money for a vehicle, I better be able to get what I want. A paddle shifting, gasoline automatic is not it. Everybody and their brother does that. Ferrari is just like the most: they stood still while technology passed them by.
     
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  12. How the hell can you give Ferrari points for "Passion" over a scrappy 4 yr old upstart in a country with no real history of automotive innovation when their 1st attempt at a supercar looks as good as and smokes a top model of one of the greatest ever names in motoring?
    Which video were you watching?
     
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  13. 600+ horsepower for under $55,000? I dunno...just something to think about
     
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