A few months after driving the Concept One I was lucky enough to have a go in Rimac's Pikes Peak hillclimb car too, which also uses one electric motor on each wheel. This time I had the space and safety of a race track, rather than a twisty mountain road with a massive, rocky drop to one side, to feel the effects of all-wheel torque vectoring. And I could turn the system off, so the car behaved more conventionally, then turn it on again, so it behaved once more like a ground-borne fighter jet.
This sort of drivetrain is so flexible that when you've had enough of the whole neat and tidy thing, you can press a button and make the car respond in a different way entirely - like an overpowered, rear-driven BMW M-car, perhaps - something the foreheads at Rimac are working on right now.
And yet somehow, knowing all of this, I still feel petulantly sniffy about electric cars. I feel attacked, actually, like there's a whole new movement these days that's trying to steal something I hold dear away from me. As a hopeless petrolhead, I take the vilification of combustion engines personally. Screw you for trying to take naturally-aspirated V8s away from me. When a friend or family member tells me they're considering an electric car next time around I want to tell them to go crash their brakeless fixie bicycle straight through the pane glass frontage of an overpriced, plant-based food shop. Hippy.
That's why I was really excited when Honda unveiled its Urban EV and Sports EV concept cars in recent weeks, both of which will go into production in one form or another. Both concepts, I thought, looked stunning. Between them, the Urban EV and Sports EV could be the turning point for zero emissions cars and I.
Until now electric cars have been split into one of two camps. Hideously expensive, well out-of-reach premium cars on one side - the £1m Rimac or £120,000 Tesla Model S for example- or affordable and, to my mind, joyless, pious, charmless, unattractive and utterly undesirable urban runarounds, like the Nissan Leaf, on the other. There's been nothing in between.
I haven't cared about EVs to this point because there hasn't been one that I - just a normal guy on a normal income, but a car enthusiast - could truly get excited about. I hope the Urban EV and Sports EV can change that, and I hope a whole heap of affordable, great-looking, fun-to-drive electric cars follow soon after.