The Tesla Roadster was a total game changer when it was introduced a few years ago, but now its crown as the world's sexiest electric car is about to be snatched by a million-dollar upstart from Croatia, which boasts some insane performance to boot.
Croatia isn't the first country that pops into my head when I think of supercars. The last vehicle I remember coming from that part of the world was the Yugo from nearby Serbia, but this looks like the real deal.
The Concept One from Rimac Automobili doesn't just make the Tesla look slow, its performance figures should scare the pants off Ferrari and Lamborghini owners, too. The four electric motors (one per wheel) churn out a Veyron-topping total of 1,088 horsepower, while its 2,800 ft-lb torque figure sounds like almost enough to start the world turning backwards on its axis. For comparison, the Tesla Roadster has 248 horsepower and 200 ft-lb of torque, while even the souped-up 1,184 horsepower Bugatti Veyron Super Sport has a mere 1,100 ft-lb of torque.
All of this translates into a fast but beatable top speed of 190 mph, but a truly insane zero-to-60 mph time of just 2.8 seconds. While all of that speed might make you think that the batteries would have a hard time taking you farther than the end of the driveway, the Concept One can actually manage 372 miles before you need to plug it in.
All of this performance does come at a price, though: $980,000. You could get about nine Teslas for the same money. Production will be limited too at just 88 cars to start, but the company has just started taking orders. Deliveries start next year.