Talk about power-to-weight ratio. Most gas cars have nothing on the Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One.
With it, Rimac Racing is preparing for an all-electric onslaught against Pikes Peak’s Hill Climb this month and the lightweight racer was just verified on a dynamometer to produce 1 megawatt (1,341 horsepower).
To put that in perspective, that’s the same horsepower boasted by the $2.8 million Koenigsegg One:1 gas-powered megacar.
Torque for the EV was not reported, but before the dyno run it was estimated to possibly have 1,475 horses and 1,100 pounds-feet of torque, so figure a number somewhere less, but still representing a whole lot of twist.
And, for further perspective, this purpose-built speed machine hits the scale at around 1,500 pounds less than a Tesla Model S P85D.
Weighing in at around 3,300 pounds (1,500 kg), the all-wheel-drive racer with torque vectoring – individual wheels controlled in cornering taken from the Rimac Concept_One street car – looks nearly to be a spec sheet dream, like a virtual reality racer come to life.
Incidentally, the 3,100-pound Koenigsegg itself just set a speed record clocking 0-186 mph in 11.922 seconds and required another 6.032 seconds to deceleratie from 186-0. On paper, the Rimac E-Runner Concept_One is somewhere close to its power-to-weight ratio.
For its part, Rimac Racing estimates its e-racer’s 0-62 mph at 2.2 seconds, 0-124 mph in 5.4 seconds.
We won’t get to see top speed or other feats at Pikes Peak Sunday June 28 as this is a specialty course.
The driver whose name is on the Rimac car is legendary Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima completing what may be a dream team of the ultimate EV made for Pikes Peak and the fastest known driver.
The usual altitude handicap of thinning air that works against internal combustion cars will not be in effect against the electric motors of the EV as it rips to an elevation of 14,110 feet.
Below is Monster Tajima’s run from last year in a Mitsubishi with around half the power.