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Forget Tesla, Rimac’s Concept One EV is the speed demon of our dreams

Published Aug 16th, 2016 5:30PM EDT

At this point, you might be forgiven for thinking that Tesla’s Model S has run out of things to race against. Over the past few months, we’ve seen a Tesla race a Boeing 737 down a runway, a Model S take on a motorcycle (it wasn’t even close) and even a Model S race (and get smoked by) a McLaren 650S.

But seemingly every week, a new Tesla race video emerges, and like Pavlolv’s dog, we can’t help but watch again and again. The latest installment of a Tesla Model S being put to the test comes to us courtesy of Archie Hamilton Racing who recently decided to pit the fastest Tesla available — a Model S  P90D in Ludicrous Mode — against the fastest electric car on the planet, a Concept_One car from Rimac.

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For those unfamiliar, the Concept_One is a high performance electric car that is often referred to as the world’s first electric supercar. With a pricetag of close to $1 million, the Concept_One can go from 0-60 MPH in 2.6 seconds flat and has a top speed of 190 MPH. A 2016 version of the Concept_One, meanwhile, has a top speed of 220 MPH. For good measure, the folks at Archie Hamilton Racing also decided to expand the racing field by including a LaFerrari supercar.

The race was set up as a quarter mile drag race and here’s how it all went down. If you’re a Tesla enthusiast, this video will have you feeling all kinds of jealous.

Detailing the race a bit, Rimac notes on its website what makes the Concept One so unique:

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.

To put it mildly, we’ve never seen a Tesla look so inadequate.

Yoni Heisler Contributor

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 15 years. A life long Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW. When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.