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When most people grenade their engine, they either swap out a new one or strip their heartless car down for parts. Croatia's Mate Rimac is not most people.

When his engine went, he decided to create an electric BMW using off the shelf parts. Two years and four iterations later, Rimac created a 900-horsepower beast that can hit 60 mph in 3.3 seconds, top out at 174 mph and – depending on how much he flexes his right foot – travel for over 100 miles on charge.

So what's he doing with his lime green creation? Well, Rimac is now the proprietor of VST Conversions and while showing off his E30 to a couple execs from the German-owned RWE electric company, they decided to perform an impromptu drag race with the company's Tesla Roadster. See the results in the video below and check out the bonus clip of the BMW's development.





[Source: VST via Wired]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh com'on people. You are taking this way too seriously. You basically have a hobbyists who wants to compare his creation with an electric sports car benchmark - the Tesla. It was a PERSONAL intellectual/engineering challenge. It isn't like he is trying to market his TOY. Let him have his moment.
        FRANK
        • 4 Years Ago
        AMEN BROTHER AMEN.TOLERANCE THEY HAVE NONE DO THEY.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly, what can you do some people are just jealous and can't stand someone being better
      Javier S.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's like building a gas guzzling, loopey idle, temperamental 1,000 HP hot rod in your garage with a 200 shot of NOS then racing (in a straight line to boot) a stock, user friendly, emission compliant Corvette and beating it. Of course the custom garage monster is going to win. That doesn't make it the "better" car. And a parking lot race recorded with a cel phone is not going to convince anyone.
      Their marketing sucks, but great job on the car itself nonetheless.
      Patty
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love all kinds of car races! Http://www.nascartipsandsecrets.info From Nascar to the local Speedways!
      Captain Wampler
      • 4 Years Ago
      So, how long does it take to rechange said beast to get another 100 miles?

      Yeah, a 12 day road trip from Florida to New York is just what I'm looking for.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Captain Wampler
        smart people fly from NY to Fla and drive to work and back, dumbo :)
      southrange
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just a style comment. I think my mother owned this same color and style car in 1971.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And what does this have concering this article ????
      bigmac4923
      • 4 Years Ago
      Surprise...the Roadster also has three times the range if I recall correctly. Of course the souped up BMW is going to win.
      Captain Wampler
      • 4 Years Ago
      It doesn't... it's a spam ad
      brian1russ
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is total BS. A custom made, one of a kind, 900HP BMW electric car vs a production Tesla. Who would you expect to win? I will admit that it would be a great conversion to do to any car.
      southrange
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great achievement! However, they forgot to tell you each car will cost 10 million dollars to produce.
      Lawrence Phoenix
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great achievment....Of course in Croatia a working flush toilet is a stunning achievment...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Lawrence Phoenix
        You probably don’t know where Croatia is. Real question is if you ever heard of Europe. FYI Nikola Tesla was born in Croatia; you ignorant and arrogant prick who dumps in background (if you have one).

        It's true that custom made e-BMW should not be compered with Tesla, but you can compare it with White Zombie (Datsun 1972) who claims to be the fastest electric street legal car. At this moment croatian electric BMW is faster.

        "Electric Power !!!"
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Lawrence Phoenix
        http://www.beautiful-croatia.com/ Please come and visit, you will be so stunned with beauty that you'll forget to flush yout toilet...:)
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Lawrence Phoenix
        LoL Incredibly loud.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know this question has not much to do with the subject but can anybody tell me what that slamming metal song it is on the 2nd half of the 2nd clip.
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