All-Electric Hypercar Takes on Tesla Model S, LaFerrari in Drag Race

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Just how fast is the world’s first all-electric hypercar?

WEC, Ferrari Le Mans and Corvette GT2 V8 racing driver Archie Hamilton wanted to find out, and got an opportunity to hop behind the wheel of the Rimac Concept One. The Concept One made its production debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, touting four electric motors that generate 1,088 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque. Limited to just eight units, the all-electric hypercar is capable of going zero to 62 mph in just 2.6 seconds.

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On paper, it seems fast, but that never tells the whole story. Hamilton got the Rimac Concept One together with the Tesla Model S and the Ferrari LaFerrari to find out with quarter-mile races. While the race against the Tesla Model S P90D had an expected outcome, considering how much more power the Concept One has, things got really interesting when it lined up against the LaFerrari. If you had any doubts that all-electric cars can be fast, this video should convince you that the future is here.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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