Automakers have been leaking photos of upcoming concept cars leading up to next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show, but no one saw this one coming. A 23-year-old entrepreneur and automotive designer from Croatia named Mate Rimac will reveal an electric supercar at Frankfurt to rival the 1,000-horsepower Bugatti Veyron, which is the most powerful combustion-engined car on the road. “It is an electric supercar,” Mr. Rimac said. “It makes 1,088 horsepower, 3,800 newton-meters of torque [2,803 pound-feet] and is capable of going more than 300 kilometers per hour.” How can a country with no auto industry create a car to rival the most powerful vehicle on the market and make it electric to boot?

The Rimac Concept One is powered by “four independent electric motor drive units,” according to Mr. Rimac, which produce a total of 800 kilowatts. “The front and rear systems are separate units,” Rimac said. “Each of them includes two high-speed, liquid-cooled permanent magnet electric motors, two liquid-cooled inverter units and two reduction gearboxes, integrated into one small unit.” Translation? Tons of power, zero emissions.

The Concept One has already been beating Teslas in the e-miglia race in Europe, under the cloak of an old BMW E30, and now promises a Tesla-beating range of 366 miles on a single charge. Rimac plans to construct 88 cars in the first run and price them “a bit below the gasoline-powered competition from Pagani, Koenigsegg and Bugatti.” Apparently the Abu Dhabi royal family is already in line for their eco-friendly Rimacs. We’ll be eagerly waiting for photos and more info until the Concept One is revealed on September 13th.

Via New York Times