Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept One Delivers One Megawatt At Dyno: Video
The horsepower wars have yielded some pretty outrageous things over the years, with the latest breed of cutting-edge, go-fast machinery sporting specs and figures more in line with spacecraft or aircraft than ground-bound vehicles with four wheels. Even when running off batteries alone, the technology in play these days can be positively awe-inspiring. Case in point: the 2015 Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One, seen here laying down some extreme power on the dyno.
The video kicks off with quick shots of the car coming together at the hands of Rimac Automobili’s team of engineers, before the whole thing is strapped down for a blast on the rollers. Following this, you’ll see the E-Runner squat and go, while a shrill, hyper-powered turbine whine crescendos with the increasing wheel speed. You almost half expect to see the thing jump into hyperspace.
The result? One megawatt of output, or roughly 1,340 horsepower.
Not bad for a blender. The E-Runner is slated to appear at the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb later this month, where it will compete under the Electric Class category for the famous Race to the Clouds.
Behind the wheel will be Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima, an iconic driver in the motorsport world who also owns Monster Sport, the shop that built the E-Runner in conjunction with Rimac Automobili.
With about twice the output of last year’s car and a slew of new technology, the new E-Runner is expected to demolish last year’s time of 9 minutes, 43.09 seconds (the current Electric Class benchmark is 9 minutes, 8.188 seconds, as set last year by Greg Tracy in the 2014 Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III). And with no power loss due to the high altitude, expect the mega-EV to be mighty competitive with the dino-juice burners as well.
Look for the E-Runner to make its appearance in Colorado on June 28th.
Purpose-built and backed by extensive experience, this all-electric monster is something not to be trifled with. The relatively open rules laid out by the PPIHC means the exterior is fitted with enormous and purposeful aerodynamics. Making the go are four independent electric motors (one per wheel), with a custom all-wheel torque vectoring system for superior control. Curb weight is 3,307 pounds. A run to 60 mph will take just 2.2 seconds, while 124 mph comes up in 5.4 seconds.
Read our full review here.