After being teased for quite some time now, the Rimac Concept One has finally made its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Concept One is not only the proof that "supercar" and "electric" can be used in the same sentence, but it also previews a limited edition model that will arrive in 2013 in a quantity of only 88 units.
Mind blowing as it is to comprehend, Rimac is promising an output that’s unheard of for an electric sports car. Concept One uses a unique powertrain which is divided into four sub-systems, each consisting of one motor, inverter and reduction gearbox. With a total output of 1,088 HP and 2,802 lb/ft of torque, the Concept One will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in only 2.8 seconds and comes with an electronically limited top speed of 189 mph.
The Concept One is the work of some of the most famous designers around the world. The carbon-fiber body is designed by Adriano Mudri, while the interior is designed by a team of former Pininfarina employees, led by Mr. Goran Popović.
UPDATE 04/20/12: The Rimac Concept One has been on display at the 2012 Top Marques Monaco, which was the perfect opportunity for the company to unveil new images of the supercar. Check them out in the picture gallery!
UPDATE 05/07/12: Rimac has unveiled a cool teaser video for their Concept One supercar that will be produced in a limited run of only 88 units. Watch the video and see if this car is really worth the €740,000 ($980,000 at the current rates) price tag associated with it.
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Exterior and Interior
Rimac Concept One is not only about sportiness, but also about elegance. The body is made from exposed carbon, that not only indicates its production technology and materials, but also help the car to keep a very low weight.
The bodyside features a unique, symmetrical appearing feature that gives the car a strong identity and clear distinction, while the duct is the abstraction of the tie, that is an original Croatian product.
The concept’s interior is the work of the leather-specialists Vilner. They have developed a driver-focused interior, with the cabin tailors designed around the driver, while the high-end infotainment system keeps the driver entertained and informed about the vehicle’s systems.
Concept One uses a unique powertrain divided into the front and rear sub-system, each of them including two symmetrical motor-controller-reduction-gearbox units. This system will control each wheel independently.
This system develops a total of 1,088 HP and 2,802 lb/ft of torque and will sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 2,8 seconds, while top speed has been limited to 189 mph.
Despite this impressive performance numbers, Concept One has an autonomy of 372 miles.
The Rimac Concept One will be put into limited production in 2013. There will be only 88 units built and prices will be announced at a later date.
With its 1,088 HP, Concept One will be a serious, and more economical competitor for the now famousBugatti Veyron. Its true top speed won’t go closer to Veyron’s 253 mph, but lets not forget we are talking about an electric car.
Talking about electric sports car, Audi is developing the R8 E-tron , but their model develops "only" 313 HP and sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4,8 seconds.
- Impressive performance numbers
- Great look
- Driver-focused interior
- Comes in limited edition