What Does A 1088-HP Rimac Electric Supercar Sound Like At Speed? (Video)


Rimac Concept One electric supercar

Rimac Concept One electric supercar

Electric cars are known for their silent powertrains, but there's an exception to every rule.

While it doesn't exactly assault the ears like a shrieking Ferrari V-12, the Rimac Concept One electric supercar from Croatia certainly makes its presence known.

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Lapping a track in this short video (via Motor Authority), the Rimac sounds like an Earth-bound jet fighter, with a high-pitched whine followed by what sounds like significant tire roar.

Even if it were completely silent, though, this car would likely still impress.

Rimac Concept One electric supercar

Rimac Concept One electric supercar

First shown as a concept back in 2011, it features four electric motors--one for each wheel--that Rimac says produce a combined 1,088 horsepower and 2,800 pound-feet of torque.

The company claims that will launch the Concept One form 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, while top speed is estimated at 190 mph.

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Power comes from a 92-kilowatt-hour lithium-iron phosphate battery pack, which Rimac says can provide up to 372 miles of range.

That's presumably when the car isn't being driven as aggressively as it is in the video.

All of that comes with a pricetag of $980,000. That puts the Concept One in the company of the world's most expensive supercars but--at least in terms of power and acceleration--it would seem to be competitive with most of them.

2011 Rimac Concept One

2011 Rimac Concept One

With unbridled performance and zero emissions, the electric supercar would seem to offer the best of both worlds--yet carmakers have had trouble putting any into production.

Mercedes-Benz built a battery-powered Electric Drive version of its SLS AMG, but only offered a handful to customers priced at over $500,000 a copy.

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The Jaguar C-X75 impressed with a pair of gas-turbine generators (subsequently replaced by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder range extender), but ultimately never made it to production.

Finally, the Audi R8 e-tron spent years in development hell, but will now be released in limited numbers as part of the redesigned 2016 R8 lineup.

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