Rimac Concept_One 1/4 Mile Races The Tesla Model S P90D, LaFerrari – Videos

6 months ago by Jay Cole 24

It’s a track meet that has been a long time coming, and one that Archie Hamilton (Super GT driver/Super Car Review) had to go all the way to Croatia for. That country being the home to the million dollar Rimac Concept_One.

Rimac Concept_One Vs Tesla Model S P90D (Via Archie Hamilton Racing)

Rimac Concept_One Vs Tesla Model S P90D (Via Archie Hamilton Racing)

Once there, the Concept_One takes on the Tesla Model S P90D.

The result of that match seem almost pre-determined given the Rimac’s other-worldly sepcs (but we won’t spoil it for you anyway).

Not satisfied with pitting the 1,088HP EV against “just” the Tesla, Archie brought with him a (even more expensive) LaFerrari with him.

Extra: Mate Rimac – Founder, CEO and CTO weighs in and tells some backstory on the race and his electric supercar in a lengthy blog post on the company’s site – which can also be found in its entirely below

The takeaway from the match-up?  The future of anything “super car” includes a plug.

On the Concept_One:

  • four permanent magnet motors – one for each wheel
  • 800 kW / 1088 HP and 1600 Nm of torque.
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.6 seconds
  • 0-200 km/h in 6.2 seconds
  • 0-300 km/h in 14.2 seconds
  • 82 kWh battery, DCFC up to 120 kW

Truly the Rimac Concept_One is a rare bird.  When the car was announced it had a planned product run of eight units.

Then the company decided the Concept_One could be improved on, and has announced the Rimac Concept_S – same basic setup, just with more more (1 Mw of power/1,018 kW and 1,800 Nm), and even better performance.

  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.5 seconds
  • 0-200 km/h in 5.6 seconds
  • 0-300 km/h in 13.1 seconds

Bonus:  Here is some footage of the new Rimac testing…at one of the Croatian Ministry of Defense’s military runways (…because everything else was too short for top speed testing)

Mate Rimac – Founder, CEO and CTO of Rimac Automobile backstory on the race:

I’m sure that this video will have quite an impact and that people will like to know more so I decided to give a little bit of background information about the race:

When we conceived the Concept_One, our idea was never “just” to make an electric version of a supercar. The ideas always was that an electric powertrain brings new opportunities to make supercars more exciting, controllable and ultimately – faster.

Rimac Concept_One Vs Tesla Model S P90D (Via Archie Hamilton Racing)

Rimac Concept_One Vs Tesla Model S P90D (Via Archie Hamilton Racing)

British racing driver and YouTuber Archie Hamilton wanted to find out how fast the Concept_One really is so he came to Croatia and brought with him a Tesla P90D with Ludicrous Mode and the ultimate road-going Ferrari – the LaFerrari.

While other electric cars have great performance off the line, they quickly loose their breath as speed increases. Also, most other electric cars tend to overheat after a couple of hard acceleration runs. We have three “secret weapons” to battle the Achilles’ heels of electric cars when it comes to performance. Just between you and me, I’ll whisper a bit about those secrets:

1. Tons of power and torque.
With four motors outputting 1.600 Nm at almost 0 speed and well over 1.000 hp, the Concept_One has enough torque and power to keep its tires busy even at high speeds.

2. Cooling.
The Concept_One has seven independent cooling systems and several smaller sub-systems. We have worked really hard to maximize the performance for track use and not just for a couple of acceleration runs.

3. Gearbox.
Each of the four motors is connected to an independent gearbox. While the front motors have single-ratio reduction gearboxes, each rear motor has its own two-speed dual-carbon-clutch gearbox. This helps us to have great acceleration while also having a very high top speed. Most importantly, it allows the Concept_One to accelerate very quickly even at high speeds.

2016 Rimac Concept_One and CEO of Rimac Automobili, Mate Rimac

2016 Rimac Concept_One and CEO of Rimac Automobili, Mate Rimac

First, Archie has lined-up the Concept_One against a Tesla P90D with Ludicrous mode – the word’s fastest accelerating sedan that has shown that electric cars can kick the behinds of the industry’s big guys. Being a family sedan with lots of space and in a completely different price category, this comparison isn’t really fair. But in terms of performance, the Tesla is the closes thing to the Concept_One in the electric car world. It is an impressive car and performs very well at low speeds. On a full ¼ mile, the difference between the Tesla and the Concept_One is quite large.

Fortunately, Archie brought a big gun to the track. The LaFerrari. Being a hybrid, the LaFerrari utilizes the advantages of electric motors in order to complement the naturally aspirated V12. We knew that the Concept_One was fast, but having it on the line against the mighty LaFerrari made me a bit nervous. I really didn’t know what to expect. Before Archie had an opportunity to test the Concept_One, he said: “If I had to put my money on anything, the LaFerrari has to win. It surely has to.”

Rimac Concept_S

Rimac Concept_S

Of course – how could a car form a small Croatian company, made in a country that never had a car industry, with extremely limited funding and, worst of all, without a combustion engine, beat the best thing on four street-legal-tires that ever came out of Maranello? Well, as it turns out, it can.

With the LaFerrari, Archie actually did three runs – two of which are in the video. In the second run (which is not in the video), the LaFerrari stalled during launch so Archie has decided to cut it out, as the difference was just too large. The background story is quite illustrative of some of the advantages of electric cars. The Concept_One has no special mode for maximum acceleration. It just needs to be in Race Mode and first gear. The driver just needs to floor it and the Traction Control and Torque Vectoring will do their best to translate as many free electrons as possible into pure acceleration. The Race Mode is customizable like any other mode through the Concept_One’s infotainment system and can also be used for every day driving. The only relevant parameter for acceleration is that in this mode, maximum torque on all four motors is enabled. Nothing else is specially tuned for maximum acceleration runs.

Most conventional supercars have special acceleration modes, called “Launch Control”. Those modes do quite a few things – they rev the combustion engine to the right RPM and hold it there before engaging the clutch, they shift gears at the optimum time, control wheel slip etc. Unfortunately, even with a skilled racing driver and proper pre-conditioning, it doesn’t really work every time.

Anybody can make a perfect launch in a Concept_One or in a Tesla. Just floor it. The car will do the rest. Every time. With conventional cars, it doesn’t really work like that. It takes several attempts to make a right launch.

2016 Rimac Concept_One - Easy To Drive

2016 Rimac Concept_One – Easy To Drive

The track was booked for the morning only so the runs were recorded between 5 and 6 a.m. The conditions haven’t been great as the track was quite cold and as this runway is not being used for a long time, the surface is in a bad condition and quite dirty. Still, the Concept_One achieved 2,69 seconds to 100 km/h and 9,92 seconds on the quarter mile. When compared to real-world tests of the “Holy Trinity” (LaFerrari, Porsche 918 and McLaren P1), that seems pretty competitive. The data is quite interesting so when I catch a bit of time, I will make a detailed analysis of the acceleration runs and post speed, g-force, power and energy consumption diagrams for fellow EV fans to geek-out. Still, there is a lot of room for improvement.

The particular Concept_One in the video is a customer car that has been delivered to the US after the video was recorded. That doesn’t mean that we have stopped to improve the Concept_One. As you can imagine, it has lots of electronics and software that can be updated wirelessly even when the car is in the customer’s driveway on another continent. Some of the things we’re working on to make it even faster:

2016 Rimac Concept_One Motor

2016 Rimac Concept_One Motor

1. Traction Control – our powertrain architecture gives us the opportunity to control each wheel extremely precisely. While traction control traditionally should keep the wheels from slipping, a small and very controlled amount of slip can be beneficiary for acceleration. When excessive slip is detected, it is important to cut the torque on that particular wheel just enough to restore traction while keeping the car stable, which is challenging with a car that can keep all four tires on the limit at quite a high speed, without any mechanical connection between the tires to keep them at the same speed. We are constantly improving our strategies and algorithms to get the best results but we still have lots of ideas that we want to implement to optimize the Traction Control and Torque Vectoring algorithms.

2. More power is always a good thing. Let me just say that our powertrain has potential for a bit more of it.

2016 Rimac Concept_One

2016 Rimac Concept_One

3. Shifting – even while the Concept_One is shifting, power delivery is never interrupted since the front motors still deliver torque to the front wheels independently. In order to reduce shifting time and remove any driveline stress, we are synchronizing the motor speed to the target speed for the next gear – accelerating the motor on downshifts or slowing it down (in generator mode – using the rotor’s inertia to feed the energy back into the battery) for upshifts. The whole process takes just 150 milliseconds but there is potential to further accelerate this. As the Concept_One has enough torque to outpefrom almost any car from a standing start even in second gear, there is no need for shifting in real life so gear shifting times are not really relevant for normal road driving. They do count in situations like this.

4. Tires – while the Pirelli P Zero tires have incredible performance, they are our tire of choice because they are real street tires – usable on the road in all conditions and by average drivers. High performance-tires such as the P Zero Corsa offer even higher performance. Other supercar manufacturers deliver their cars with such high-performance oriented tires from the factory. We will be offering that option to our customers soon. With more performance-oriented tires, the Concept_One would be able to put more power down and accelerate even faster.

As you can see in the video, the Concept_One is already pretty fast. But we’re working hard to make it even faster. Of course, this is not the only thing we’re doing. Not by a long shot.

While the straight-line performance is quite impressive, our main focus while developing the Concept_One was on lateral performance. High-speed corners and racetracks are the real playground for the Rimac All Wheel Torque Vectoring System and the Concept_One. Hopefully we’ll have an opportunity to show how the car performs against other supercars in those conditions as well soon.

I would like to use this opportunity to thank the owner for letting us use his car for this video. It is incredible how supportive our customers are. Thank you so much!

Mate Rimac
Founder, CEO and CTO

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24 responses to "Rimac Concept_One 1/4 Mile Races The Tesla Model S P90D, LaFerrari – Videos"

  1. Dave says:

    No-one should be in any doubt that the future of fast cars is battery-electric. Internal combustion is done.

    Which is good… since fast cars, race cars, supercars etc. are looked at as the “halo” in a manufacturer’s range. It will be good to remove internal combustion as an aspirational goal.

    Meanwhile if you want a practical car… the Tesla is still the fastest you can buy. The Rimac appears to be a two seater with no cargo space… and with a NEDC range of 310 miles, that’s what, 270 miles EPA? That’s using about 311Wh/mile during conservative driving, which isn’t fantastic… considering it’s small and probably a pretty light car.

    1. JIMIJON says:

      The irony is that the Rimac Weighs in at Roughly 2000lbs more than La Ferrari & Still beats the snott out of the La Ferrari… L M A O ! …Pretty sure we know what the future is!…….. Without all the NOISE!!!! l o l !

      1. protomech says:

        LaFerrari is 600 kg lighter, dry weight (1255 kg vs 1850 kg).

        Wet weight, probably closer to 500-550 kg lighter.

  2. Someone out there says:

    That was fun 🙂

    I feel that the Rimac still has more to give, after all it’s massively more powerful than the Tesla in terms of specs. Maybe the driver didn’t want to push it harder than necessary or maybe it’s not completely optimized yet. Perhaps it’s just the battery, it only has about 80 kWh. Maybe a 120 kWh battery would be able to push out more power.

  3. Khai L says:

    Awesome race! Awesome video!

    But that 120KW DCFC … did Tesla agree to let Rimac use their superchargers? I remembered a past posting where Rimac expressed interest in doing so, but no follow up on whether that has happened. It would be pretty positive news if it did happen, as it would go a long way towards debunking that “proprietary” stigma of the superchargers.

    Anyway, kudos to Rimac for aspiring to top the kings of the hypercar hill! Now he just needs to race the Regara.

  4. DJ says:

    I’m actually quite surprised that the La Ferrari was that close on the 2nd race (given that the 1st had a horrible launch).

  5. ffbj says:

    A star is born: Ok, not directly relevant, but long Tesla shorter, and darkener of insideev’s doorstep, and may I add consistently wrong, commenter, Mark Spiegel, gets his 15 minutes.

    http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=TSLA&ql=1

    1. Rick Danger says:

      Another one of those brown dwarf stars… so dim you can hardly see them 🙂

      1. ffbj says:

        Interesting analogy. His views, remind me of the adage that if you repeat something enough people begin to believe it.

        40 competitors for Tesla’s models? Now who is in Ludicrous Mode.

    2. floydboy says:

      Wow! Can this guy even take himself seriously?! His desperation is such, at this point, that I think he’s incapable of looking at anything to do with Tesla, with any sort of reality.🙁

      1. ffbj says:

        It does give one pause to put any sort of credence into his diatribe vs. Tesla, when he says things like: “all Musk can do is incinerate cash.”
        Say what? Well for one thing in addition to that, something Musk has done has been to make Tesla shorts cry a river.

  6. Josh Bryant says:

    The battery and charging specs make me suspect that Rimac is going to make their car Tesla SuperCharger compatible. It would make sense with their limited engineering resources.

    They could easily roll the “free charging for life” cost into the purchase price and pass that onto Tesla.

    1. Rick Danger says:

      It wouldn’t hurt the Tesla cachet any either 🙂

      I hope they do it.

  7. Kdawg says:

    Now we need to see the Rimac race the Porsche 918 Spyder.

  8. JIMIJON says:

    The Rimac Will slaughter them all …Each & every last one of the so called super cars!

    1. Kdawg says:

      The Porsche 918 Spyder technically has a faster 0-60 time and a faster 1/4 mile time. But they are close, thus it would be a fun race to watch.

  9. Foo says:

    Meanwhile, after the race, the Telsa owner loads up his family, and pet, and luggage, and goes on a camping trip.

    The fact that the Tesla family sedan still compares decently to these “supercars” (in terms of performance) is incredible.

    1. bogdan says:

      Tesla is an electric sedan which can put out with conventional supercars. Rimac ist an electric supercar which slaughters conventional supercars. It’s just the next step in technical developement like many others before.

  10. ModernMarvelFan says:

    I think Rimac will pretty much beat any ICE cars because it is easier to launch and far more consistent run to run.. 1 motor per wheel allow you to achieve max traction in every wheel with ms level of control precision that ICE can’t touch. The only way they can beat it is by catching up in the top end of the 1/4 miles…

    But I don’t mind seeing it racing against, 918 or P1 or some of the Koenigsegg models..

    1. floydboy says:

      I think the Rimac would match up well against the Porsche or the Mclaren, but when it comes to straight line acceleration, Koenigsegg’s in a league of its own!🙂

    2. bogdan says:

      That’s the beauty of EV! You can put your grandma in the driver seat and tell her just to step the accelerator.
      She will be faster then the worlds best pilot driving the Laferrari next to her.

  11. Warren says:

    The LA Ferrari should out accelerate the 918 everywhere except right off the line.

  12. turboro says:

    Tesla vs LaFerrari would be cool!
    Seeing those vids, the Ferrari is barely faster when I compare the vids