Behold, the $1m electric super car no one asked for and no one needs

By Matt McFarland

The Rimac Concept_One from Croatian automaker Rimac Automobili accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds. Photo / Rimac Automobili.
The Rimac Concept_One from Croatian automaker Rimac Automobili accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds. Photo / Rimac Automobili.

Move over Tesla. A new option has emerged for the driver who craves an absurdly fast electric car -- the Concept_One from Croatian automaker Rimac Automobili.

The Concept_One accelerates from zero to 96 kph in 2.6 seconds. It reaches 193 kph in 6.2 seconds and has a top speed of 335 kph. Quite simply, it will leave a Tesla in the dust.

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The car isn't just fast. A quick look at the Concept_One gives away the fine craftsmanship. No parts in the interior are plastic. Rimac opted for carbon, aluminum and alcantara, a high-end fabric found in yachts and Formula 1 cars.

Rimac hails its new creation as the super car of the 21st century. There's just one problem -- we have a very suspect definition of what a "super car" really is.

The Concept_One caters to the wealthiest of the wealthy. It'll cost you about $933,000 (NZ$1.4 million) before taxes, and only eight will be made. What's so super about that? The positive impact will be felt in an extremely small slice of society.

The Concept_One emerges not long after Faraday Future released its own electric super car, boasting 1,000 horsepower. (No price was mentioned -- so count on it being expensive.)

While the speed of these vehicles is impressive, these automakers are solving a minor problem and ignoring a massive one. Slightly better acceleration is nice, but is that really the part of your driving experience that needs to be improved?

The typical US urban auto commuter spends 42 hours stuck in traffic, a figure that has doubled since the 1980s. Commutes are getting increasingly longer, according to US Census data. These so-called super cars do nothing to address that growing problem. A car with a top speed of 335 kph goes just as fast as every other vehicle stuck in a traffic jam or at a red light. Tesla is promising a $35,000 (NZ$ 52,800) vehicle this year, but even it will have to face congestion.

If there was an affordable vehicle cleverly built to get us safely to our destination without sitting in traffic, now that would be super.

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