For the longest time, the Bugatti Veyron’s 1,200 hp and 1,100 lb-ft of torque had been enough to outrun any high performance car on the track. But for Mate Rimac, founder of Rimac Automobili, the Concept One’s 1,088 hp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque may be the Veyron’s greatest challenger.
So last year, Rimac rose to the challenge and prepared to prove wrong his friend, William Alexander Sidney Herbert, also known as the 18th Earl of Pembroke. The Lord, who is also the founder of Wilton Classic and Supercar owns a ten-year-old Bugatti monster.
The pair went for a cruise in Croatia’s picturesque coastal roads with Sir William Herbert’s Bugatti Veyron in tow. While in there, Miro Zrncevic, Rimac’s official test driver went behind the wheel of the Concept One while the English heir drove his own supercar. The two hit the track in no time and even had the “drag race” recorded.
Just like Bugatti, Rimac Automobili uses an all-wheel-drive. However, the EV hypercar also comes equipped with torque vectoring for optimum performance. From the video, it does look like the Concept One is nimbler on the road. But since the track is a little bit tight, we don’t feel so at ease watching the Veyron considering its much superior strength. Consider also the fact that the Bugatti Veyron has a kerb weight of 1,888kg while Rimac’s hypercar is at 1,850kg.
Rimac Automobili is based in Svelta Nedelja, Croatia while Wilton Classic & Supercar is known in the UK for its prestigious car events held every year. After the showdown, the Earl of Pembroke commented that he’s “looking forward to the technologies’ driving future” and that “performance will be one of the most fascinating elements of the new Wilton Classic and Supercar event”.
The Wilton Classic and Supercar will have an upcoming engagement slated to take place this June 3 & 4. For those who are interested to participate in the exclusive gathering, the tickets are already available at www.wilconclassicssupercar.co.uk.
All things considered, it would be more exciting if the Concept One goes head-to-head with a Tesla. Only last November, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the Model S P100D’s Easter Egg firmware update and Ludicrous Mode Plus can do a 0-60mph sprint in just 2.4 seconds. A Rimac on the other hand can reach 62mph in 2.6 seconds. If that’s the case, it really would be awesome to watch how these two EVs would do in a race.