Rimac Teases New Hypercar; Calls it a "Game Changer"
The waiting game starts for the successor of the Concept_One hypercarby Kirby, on
Despite being limited to just eight units, the Rimac Concept_One electric supercar served notice to the industry. It has 1,224 horsepower on tap, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 220 mph. Those are numbers that electric supercar dreams are made of, but they may pale in comparison to what Rimac is planning to serve up next. We still don’t know anything about the automaker’s plans, but it does involve a new hypercar that will make its debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Is it really possible for Rimac to build off the success of the Concept_One with a better model? We’ll find out soon enough.
The Rimac Concept_One put a lot of people on notice. Not only did it showcase Rimac as a legitimate creator of demented hypercars, it also proved that a small automaker can succeed in a competitive market if it pushes all the right buttons. In some ways, the limited quantity of the Concept_One actually helped create a greater mystique surrounding the car. It also sent Richard Hammond to the hospital, which isn’t a good thing, but it still helped the Concept_One make the rounds across many news outlets all over the world. It’s not the kind publicity that Rimac would’ve liked, but it’s publicity nonetheless.
The new Rimac hypercar is still shrouded in mystery. We know nothing about it except for a teaser the automaker released on Facebook. The teaser doesn’t reveal much, except for the car’s silhouette. You’ll have to have a vivid imagination to piece together bits and pieces of the car from the teaser, but it does seem to have a more conventional side profile compared to the Concept_One. The swooping body lines can be traced from how the lights fall on the car. The front end looks like it has a Viper while the rear end shows a large spoiler on the trunk.
Rimac also didn’t announce power details about the new model. We can safely assume, though, that it will have more power than the Concept_One. Considering that the existing model already has 1,224 horsepower at its disposal, it’s anybody’s guess how Rimac can still improve on that number. We’ll get our answer this coming March so that’s going to be a three-month wait for a car that could make the potent Concept_One look like Bambi by comparison.
It should be noted too that Rimac’s new $36 million investment from Chinese company Camel Group could play a significant role in the development of this new electric hypercar. Camel Group is Asia’s largest battery manufacturer, so it’s not a coincidence that Rimac is now pushing for a more mainstream presence in the segment with Camel Group now in the fold.
Read our full review on the 2017 Rimac Concept_One.