Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster has won the title of “the fastest car in the world”, according to its website.
The 2022 Tesla Roadster has good credentials to claim to be the fastest electric vehicle as its specs say it accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds, can reach speeds over 250 miles per hour with around 288 horsepower. It also has a range of around 620 miles.
All that and it will cost you around $200,000 to $250,000 to walk away with one of these flashy vehicles.
According to a recent report by CAR Magazine, three competing electric vehicles appear to finish ahead of the Tesla Roadster in terms of speed. The fastest to 60mph, however, is a British-built McMurtry Spierling that does 0-60mph in 1.5 seconds, but only has a top speed of 150mph. But this vehicle is not for sale.
The Aspark Owl comes second in acceleration speed, going from 0 to 60 mph in 1.69 seconds with a top speed of 249 mph. The McMurtry Spierling may be “priceless”, but the Aspark Owl is quite expensive at £2.5 million ($2.97 million).
The new Tesla Rival rolls off the production line
The latest competitor to Tesla’s fastest car claim just rolled its first electric vehicle off the production line on July 12, as Croatia-based Rimac Nevera produced a demonstrator and marketing vehicle that is the first of 150 models to be produced. These vehicles take five weeks to build on the final assembly line, while many of its parts and systems are manufactured months before at Rimac’s facilities, according to a company statement.
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The Rimac Nevera hypercar accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 1.85 seconds, reaching 256 km/h with a whopping 1,914 horsepower, according to the statement. The electric vehicle took five years of development and testing, three generations of powertrain technology, 18 prototypes, 45 physical crash tests and more than 1.6 million collective research and development hours to put the vehicle on the road. road.
The electric vehicle maker will deliver these vehicles to its global network of 25 official dealer partners in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, according to the release. Price estimates range from around $2.27 million to $2.5 million.
“At the start of the Nevera journey, we ran thousands of virtual simulations and experimented with countless designs before the time was right to create the very first working prototypes,” said Mate Rimac, CEO of Rimac Group, in a statement. this time around 300 people were working in the company, and now that we are going into full production, our company has quintupled to over 1,500 colleagues and construction is well underway for our new 100,000 m² Rimac campus (1, 07 million square feet).
Rimac’s competition with Tesla is heating up as the Croatian company develops a battery module to rival Musk’s 4680 battery technology that is used in its Model Y electric vehicles, according to CarBuzz. Tesla’s 4680 batteries measure 46 millimeters in diameter and 80 millimeters in height and have been shown to speed up charge times.
Rimac is developing its battery module with a similar diameter of 46mm which has greater energy density and fewer cells than older batteries. Rimac would supply batteries to various automakers and seek to increase the number of batteries available to automakers from 40,000 in 2023 to 200,000 in 2028.