The birthplace of Nikola Tesla may soon produce an electric car faster than any powered by gas. Mate Rimac, a Croatian car designer, already has the record for fastest quarter-mile by an electric vehicle. Now he's gunning for the Bugatti Veyron.
Mate promises his Rimac Concept_One produces 1,088 horsepower and can do 0-100 kph (62 mph) in just 2.8 seconds. That would put it in a tie for the third fastest car behind only the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport and SSC Ultimate Aero TT.
Rimac says his two passions are cars and technology. "Technology because Nikola Tesla was born in Croatia, Rimac says, "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."