The Most Expensive Eco-Friendly Car Ever!

Croatia has never made cars that wealthy people want.  Why?  Usually, they are cars that are popular in Russia and Eastern Europe.  Now, there is a Croatian inventor who just might be an exception to that rule.

The $980,000 Rimac Automobili Concept_One electric car has FOUR electric motors (one per wheel).  This means that the car is extremely powerful and fast.  The Concept_One can reach 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds.  With a top speed of 189 mph, the ultra-light Rimac is a strong contendor for those who don’t want their noggin smashed on the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Drive.  The Concept_One tips the scales at just over 2400 pounds.   Only 88 Concept_One’s have been built and sold, each at $980,000.  The Concept_One is also a very exotic-looking car.  It’s very sleek, and looks like nothing out on the road.  Inside, a sumptuous leather interior greets the owner (at this price it should…).  The 1,088 horsepower and 2,800 lb-ft of torque are on tap at zero rpm.  Plus, the car is possible of taking you on long interstate lopes (range is 375 miles).

Something that’s also very cool is the four brushless electric motors (one per wheel!) that can accelerate or decelerate at hundreds of times per second, according to road conditions.  It’s similar to Porsche’s torque vectoring system, but it is much more sophisticated than the Porsche system.  Because the transmission only has one gear (instead of seven or eight, like it’s competitors), there are no power blips due to transmission blips.  This driving experience will blow owners out of the water because the car delivers a totally different driving experience than a gasoline-powered car (no howling engine, no gears to worry about shifting), and the gigantic display on the center console is larger and higher-resolution than an iPad 3.  That massive display will entertain the owner with it’s touch-screen display, and also let the driver know just about everything the car is doing at any given moment.

So what do you say Prius drivers – want an upgrade?

http://www.rimac-automobili.com/

The Otherworldly Tesla Model S Blows Away the Competition (in Terms of Pricing and Performance…)!

Elon Musk’s Space-X commerical rocket just successfully docked with the International Space Station earlier this month.  This means that (hopefully) we will be able to go into space and see the wonders of the Universe right before our eyes.  Back here on Earth, there is a car that will make us feel like astronauts of our own – the Tesla Model S.

The Model S (should stand for Model Superb) starts at just under $97,000, and will take you all the way up to $110,000 before you start clicking option boxes!  But, it’s worth it.  The car will catapult you to 60 mph in a seemingly slow 5.6 seconds , and take you an amazing 300 MILES per charge!  That makes the 100-mile range of the Nissan LEAF seem like absolutely NOTHING (which it is…)!

As of December 2012, Tesla will be finished installing “Supercharger” charging units by the roadside for the Model S, upcoming Model X, and current Roadster.  These Superchargers will put 150 miles of charge into the depleted batteries in just 1/2 an hour!  But, they’ll only be between key cities.  The Model S will accelerate a ’69 Pontiac GTO Judge with the Ram Air IV package from 60 mph to 80 mph.  That’s really fast.  “Luxury” models stop going any faster than 110 mph, but a “Performance” model will take you all the way to 130 blistering mph!

The Tesla Model S may have some bad rear seat lateral support, comfort and space, but sometimes stuff like that just can’t be helped.  But, the slingshot-like performance, standard equipment levels, and styling that should send Fisker Automotive (the one and only competitor to the Model S as of now) back to the drawing board.  If you have the money, want to look cool drag racing a Ford Mustang GT (which you should beat), and have four (or six with the optional rear-facing seat for kids) slack-jawed passengers, I suggest buying this car while it lasts.  If you don’t have $96,500, go for the Fisker Karma, which goes for just a tad over $83,000.  But, you won’t look as cool as you would in a Model S, would you?

Now, I’ve got to answer possibly the hardest question that I’ve ever faced:  IS the Tesla Model S the best car in the world?  My answer:  No.  That honor goes to the Pagani Huayra.   However, the Tesla Model S is probably the third or fourth best.  But, it is the best ELECTRIC car built.  Now I’ve REALLY got to start getting PAID for all the yard work I do, Mom!