A look at the infotainment system and a very quick acceleration run.
There was a time when no-one had heard of Pagani or Koenigsegg. That wasn’t even 20 years ago, but they now sit among the all-time great supercar makers. And they got there through a combination of engineering integrity, absolute attention to detail, and the sheer originality of their cars.
Croatian start-up Rimac is in much the same position now as Pagani and Koenigsegg were a couple of decades ago. It has just started deliveries of its first production car, the all-electric Concept_One, which is currently the quickest car on the planet.
The first example of the Concept_One to be delivered to a buyer in the United States was on display during last month’s Monterey Car Week in California. There, Youtuber Alex Smolik was able to get a ride in the car alongside Rimac Automobili’s 28-year old CEO, Mate Rimac.
The video starts with a tour of the infotainment and telematics platform, which neatly encapsulates how Rimac is plowing it’s own furrow. Like Tesla’s ‘twin-motor’ models, the Concept_One has electric motors on both the front and rear axles to provide four-wheel-drive. But where Tesla provides a few driving modes that operate within set parameters, Rimac let’s the driver tune the car’s set-up exactly as they want it, even setting how much torque is sent to each axle. If you want, it can be 100 per cent front-wheel-drive. No other manufacturer that I’m aware of offers that level of configurability.
Attention to detail looks spot-on, too. The central touchscreen display looks good and appears to be responsive and easy to navigate. The rest of the interior looks well put together, too.
But what we really care about is the power, and there’s plenty of it. 1088 horsepower (811 kilowatts) and 1180 pound-feet of torque (1600 Newton meters), to be precise. That’s enough for a of 0 to 62 miles-per-hour time of just 2.6 seconds - quicker than any other car on sale right now. As we’ve already seen, it’ll easily blow the doors of the Tesla Model S P90D and LaFerrari; all Mr Smolik can do is laugh hysterically.
So, will Rimac rank among the supercar greats 20 years from now?