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(CNN) – At full speed, the Rimac Concept_One is little more than a cherry red blur, flashing from one corner of the horizon to the other in the blink of an eye.
If its projected performance figures prove to be true, this radical electric concept car — the brainchild of an award-winning young Croatian designer — could accelerate faster than all but two of the fastest supercars on earth.
The Rimac Concept_One’s figures are impressive. Not just for an electric car, but for traditional petrol-engine cars as well.
For years electric vehicles have been regarded as the frumpy inner-city siblings of their hardier countryside 4×4 brethren or zippier track-friendly supercar sisters. Electric vehicles have tended to have names like Leaf, Buddy or Spark as opposed to Vanquish, Venom or Phantom.
All this may be set to change when Rimac goes into production. First unveiled at Frankfurt Motor Show in September, 2011, the Concept One is an electric vehicle that aims to be even faster than the Bugatti Veyron. Its precocious 25-year-old inventor, Mate Rimac, says that the car produces 1018 horsepower, can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in just 2.8 seconds, has a top speed of 305 kph (190 mph), and can travel 600 kilometers (372 miles) on a single charge.
Mate Rimac says that he has always been motivated by the desire to demonstrate the superiority of electric over petrol-powered cars: “I have two passions; cars and technology,” Rimac says. “Technology because Nikola Tesla was born in Croatia, and he invented the electric motor that is used in so many applications today. And I knew simply by theory that this motor is so much better to drive a car — even a sports car.
“I decided to combine my two passions, technology and cars and make an electric car that can prove the electric motor is much better even on the racetrack. Not just city cars for boring stuff, but to show people that the future will be interesting — that one day when petrol is gone and you only have electric cars in the world, you won’t have to compromise in terms of performance, speed or (how) far (it can go).”
While he was still in high school, Rimac bought a lime green BMW for less than €1000 and began modifying it with new parts. “I couldn’t wait to pull out (the motor) and put batteries and electric motors inside instead of the gas engine,” Rimac says. After several years of rebuilding and alteration, Rimac set a world record with his car, which became the fastest accelerating electric car in the world. The car is still recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records for the fastest quarter mile by an electric vehicle.
After setting five separate world records with his modified BMW, Rimac began to work towards building his very own car from scratch. He enlisted the help of the highly-regarded young car designer Adriano Mudri, and began work on the Concept_One.
Now Rimac is turning his dream car into a reality on a shoestring budget: “In the car industry, it’s common to design a new car with 1 billion to 5 billion dollars. But, most of those cars carry over components from previous versions — engines, gear boxes and stuff. We had to design a car (including) the whole technology under the skin, (while) the company itself didn’t have a desk to put a computer on. And we did all that with less than 0.1% of the budget which is usual in the car industry,” Rimac says.
Preliminary impressions from the automotive press have been generally positive, although many, such as GTspirit.com, said that they approached the concept of a vehicle that has “no sound, no downshift and no smell of burnt petrol” with trepidation. Some also disputed the figures Rimac has released, suggesting that their projected performance statistics may be ambitious.
Still, the notion that an electric car might soon not just match, but outperform the best petrol vehicles on the planet is certainly a captivating one. When Rimac releases a production car into the wild in the not-too-distant future, the eyes of the world will certainly be watching.
Following in the wake of the successful Fast and Furious movie franchise, the video game Need for Speed is set to make its big screen debut later in March. So far, it’s got stars (like Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul), it’s got action, and it’s got plenty of supercars. Or at least replicas that completely look and perform like the real thing.
To some, these cars may seem like a random culmination of power and beauty — but not so. Each of these rides have a special place in the Need For Speed gaming franchise throughout the years. And now, they’re all coming together on-screen for the first time.
Here’s a closer look at how they make the understudy-supercars, and read below for a little more information on each of these stunning cars:
If you don’t already know what the GTA Spano is — prepare to be schooled. At 900 horsepower, this Spanish supercar reaches 60 mph in three seconds flat, and tops out at an impressive 217 mph.
The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, with its 570 horsepower and 0-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds, never made its way on to public roads. It was simply a bull born for the track, and nothing more. But Need For Speed is bringing this track monster out to the streets, in all its glory.
This one-of-a-kind Shelby GT500 was built specifically for the Need for Speed film. Set to be driven by star Aaron Paul throughout most of the movie, this pony comes with a snarling V8 and a new body kit.
If there’s one car that hypercar enthusiasts are looking forward to, it’s this. The Bugatti Veyron — or more specifically, Bugatti Veyron Super Sports. It comes loaded with 1,200 horsepower and a world-record top speed of 267 mph.
If there’s one car (or two) that the Bugatti Veyron should be scared of, it’s the 1,140 horsepower Agera R. Hailing from Sweden this sexy and sophisticated supercar reaches 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and an estimated top speed of 273 mph.
The McLaren P1 is the supercar that other supercars should be scared of. With a 3.8-liter engine, you wouldn’t expect that this twin-turbocharged hybrid would push out 903 horsepower and reach 60 mph in only 2.8 seconds. You also wouldn’t expect its top speed to be 217 mph.
At 750 horsepower, the Saleen S7 is one of the most raw and visceral supercars on the grid. It may not share the same technology as the McLaren P1 or Koenigsegg Agera, but its brute force and imaginative design make it all the more desirable.
This “glow-in-the-dark” Lamborghini Aventador made it’s way around the inter-web earlier this year when its owner, Nasser Al-Thani, a 24-year old member of Qatar’s ruling family, drove around London without the proper insurance documents, causing local police to seize the vehicle and tow it. This photo of the Tron-like machine, taken by Reece Garside Photography, is parked next to something equally ostentatious: A black and gold Bugatti Veyron.
Bugatti has been in and out of the news recently, for both good and bad. Firstly, the brand was stripped of its title as the”world’s fastest production car” after deactivating the restrictor that limits the car’s top speed during its record run. Bugatti rebounded from that knock by announcing yesterday that its Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse secured the record as the “world’s fastest convertible,” managing a speed of 254 mph. Keeping with the good news, Guinness World Records announced today that it has in fact now reinstated the Veyron Super Sport as the “fastest production car in the world,” returning the 1,200 hp hypercar to its rightful spot as number one.
Let’s recap what happened here. This is Guinness’s original statement declaring the stripping:
“It has come to the attention of Guinness World Records that there was an oversight in its adjudication of the ‘Fastest production car’ which was set in 2010 by the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport. As the car’s speed limiter was deactivated, this modification was against the official guidelines. Consequently, the vehicle’s record set at 431.072 km/h is no longer valid. As we are now reviewing this category with expert external consultants there is no current record holder.”
This latest announcement from Guinness, received today, backtracks somewhat from their original statement, claiming that the deactivation was not as problematic as they initially believed:
“Following a thorough review conducted with a number of external experts, Guinness World Records is pleased to announce the confirmation of Bugatti’s record of Fastest production car achieved by the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport. The focus of the review was with respect to what may constitute a modification to a car’s standard specification. Having evaluated all the necessary information, Guinness World Records is now satisfied that a change to the speed limiter does not alter the fundamental design of the car or its engine.”
So there you have it, the Veyron stands as number one. Again. And if we’re honest, a restrictor that limits the car by a mere 9.8 mph to protect crazy customers attempting to surpass 258 mph is not much of reason to lose it in the first place. Not having that restriction, allowing drivers to potentially surpass what is deemed a “safe” speed for tires to withstand, remains even crazier.
As we’ve heard a lot recently, Hennessey Performance claim its Venom GT remains “the fastest production car available to the public” at 265.7 mph. But who cares? In the eyes of Guinness, the 267.8 mph Veyron remains king.
It must be nice to have a spare $1.1 million to spend on a new car, but that’s what Steven Tyler just spent on the world’s fastest street-legal convertible. The Hennessey Venom GT Spyder will accelerate to 200 mph in 15.9 seconds, eight seconds faster than a Bugatti Veyron.
Tyler will be the first owner of a convertible version of the Venom GT. ”Steven came to us last year and asked if we could build his Venom GT as a roadster”, says John Hennessey. It required some structural changes to the integrated rollcage to accommodate the removable top which resulted in modifications to adjust for the weight changes. Only five Venom GTs will be built this year and Tyler’s will be the only convertible.
In its review of the Venom GT after a test ride in the a prototype last year, Jalopnik.com described the hand-built supercar as “the best way to die”. Fortunately the number of owners having that option is very limited.