Rimac Shows Its Second-Generation Hypercar In Short Teaser Video
Between destroying the conventional lineup of supercars in various acceleration tests and, uh, being destroyed by Richard Hammond in a fiery hill climb crash, the Rimac Concept One has garnered huge attention for itself over the past few years. Now, Rimac Autombili is once again gearing up for a flurry of attention, as the Croatian brand just dropped a new teaser for its second-gen ground-bound spaceship.
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Richard Hammond Kills the Lamborghini Aventador and Acura NSX with the Rimac One
The second season of The Grand Tour is now underway. If you didn’t get to watch the first episode, you missed one hell of a beatdown. Administering the walloping was none other than the Rimac Concept One. The recipients? The Lamborghini Aventador S and the Honda NSX. If you haven’t seen the video, here’s your chance to watch it and see just how inexplicably fast the Croation electric hypercar really is. But if you’re a fan of either the Aventador or the NSX, you might want to turn away now. It doesn’t end well for both supercars.
Rimac Teases New Hypercar; Calls it a "Game Changer"
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.
Rimac’s Next EV to Dethrone the Tesla Roadster Before It Even Enters Production
Rimac has recently told Autoguide that it’s been working on a new, next-gen supercar that is expected to debut at some point in 2018. According to Jens Sverdup of Auto Iconica – Rimac’s distribution arm here in the States – the EV has been in the works for a few years now. When you consider the fact that the Tesla Roadster isn’t heading to production until 2018, and that the new Rimac EV will likely be much more powerful than the Concept One, it’s quite possible Rimacs new EV could dethrone the outrageously powerful Roadster before it even enters production. Oh, and to top it off, Rimac is set to open five more retailers here in the States during 2018, which will – of course – carry both the Rimac Concept One and the upcoming Rimac Convertible that is yet to be named.
Rimac Is Coming For Seconds With Infusion Of Investment Money
Of all the ambitious start-ups that promised machines of mayhem, few have actually been able to step up and keep up with the rest of business. One of those companies is Rimac, the creator of the Concept One electric supercar that made headlines recently when The Grand Tour presenter Richard Hammond crashed one in Switzerland. It was an ignominious end to one of only eight road-going Concept One models, but all’s not lost in the world of Rimac after the company announced a new $36 million investment that would allow it to finally expand its lineup beyond the vaunted Concept One.
The infusion of money came from Camel Group, a Shanghai-based company that’s regarded as the largest manufacturer of batteries in all of Asia. The specific details of the deal were not mentioned by either company, but the deal is termed as a subscription agreement, which essentially means that Rimac likely agreed to sell a certain number of shares to Camel Group in exchange for a specific amount ($36 million as it turns out) that the Chinese company has agreed to pay. Of that amount, Rimac is expected to gain a majority of the funds, but not all of it. Roughly $3.6 million of the amount will be sent over to Greyp electric bicycle company. As far as what Rimac plans to do with the new funds, no less than Mate Rimac, the founder of both Rimac and Greyp, made the company’s plans clear: build a new electric supercar to succeed the Concept One.
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The FIA Wants Answers From Richard Hammond’s Car Crash
By now, you’ve probably heard that Richard Hammond was involved in a horrific crash over the weekend in Switzerland. From what’s been reported, Hammond was filming with the rest of his Grand Tour mates when he lost control of the Rimac Concept One, rolling it down a hill before landing on its roof. Hammond somehow escaped the wreckage on his own, before being helped off by Swiss paramedics. The electric supercar, however, didn’t fare quite as well as it ended up catching fire and burning to a crisp. The specific details behind the crash have yet to be revealed, which is probably why the FIA is stepping in to get some answers.
According to Motorsport, the governing body of motorsport racing is looking for answers from Auto Sport Schweiz on what caused the crash during the Hemberg Bergrennen event over the weekend. In a statement, the Swiss federation said that the FIA “has been forced to demand an opinion” from the Federation regarding the circumstances that happened before the crash and what led Hammond to losing control of the Concept One. Auto Sport Schweiz added that disciplinary proceedings could be handed down if it determines from its own investigation that certain parties failed to adhere to the safety standards put in place during the event. Obviously, there’s a lot more to this story than what’s been revealed, so while Hammond is fortunate to have survived the accident, some heads could still roll in the coming days.
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Richard Hammond Recovering From Surgery After Surviving Fiery Crash
Richard Hammond is lucky to be alive after losing control and rolling a Rimac Concept One while filming the second season of The Grand Tour on Sunday in Switzerland. He was able to escape the exotic car, despite it landing on its roof, just before the rare electric supercar burst into flames. His left knee wasn’t so fortunate, however, with it sustaining serious bone fractures. Hammond was airlifted by Swiss emergency services to a nearby hospital where doctors are preparing for surgery. Hammond seems in good spirits in a short video update shot for Drive Tribe, Hammond, Clarkson, and May’s website. “Yes, it’s true,” Hammond says in the video. “I’ve binned it. Again.” Holding his X-ray, he says doctors are preparing to turn his knee into a “Swiss Army Knee.”
This isn’t the first time The Hamster has “binned” a vehicle while filming. In 2006 while shooting for Top Gear, Hammond suffered a brain injury when he lost control of a rocket-powered dragster. A speedy recovery allowed him to return to filming a few months later alongside Clarkson and James May. Thankfully, Hammond’s knee injury is far less life-threatening, and will hopefully require even less time to recover. We’ll bring you more news as it develops.
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Rimac’s Follow-Up To the Concept One Is Going To Blow Your Mind
So, did you guys fall in love with the Rimac Concept_One electric supercar? Well, if you did, you better fasten those seatbelts because the Croation automaker is planning to make a follow-up to the 1,088-horsepower supercar. No less than Rimac Automobili’s COO Monika Mikac confirmed the news to CarBuzz, saying that the company plans to develop “a new car in the future, also in the luxury segment—really exclusive and even more high-performance than the Concept One.”
Mikac added that the new model will be super limited with the expected allocation being “around 20 units per year.”
No details were mentioned regarding the follow-up to the Concept_One, but considering what the current electric supercar is already capable of, it should be easy to anticipate a faster and more powerful version than the company’s incumbent performance machine. Remember, in addition to producing 1,088 horsepower on electric power alone, the Concept_One also boasts torque figures in the neighborhood of 1,180 pound-feet. Together, those numbers help the Concept_One sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 2.6 seconds to go with a top speed of 221 mph.
If there’s truth to Mikac’s comments, we can expect the follow-up model to eclipse those numbers. It will likely cost more than the $1.2 million Rimac was asking per unit of the eight-piece Concept_One and the $1.6 million price tag of the $1.6 million Concept_One S. We’ll let your imaginations take it from here.
In the meantime, deliveries of the $1.6 million Concept_One are expected to begin in March with more owners getting theirs shortly thereafter. According to Mikac, most of the available Concept_One supercars are already pre-sold and that the first car is already expected to make its way to its American owner in the coming days.
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This Little-Known Electric Hypercar Just Beat The Ferrari LaFerrari In A Quarter-Mile Sprint: Video
The Ferrari LaFerrari may be considered one of the top hybrid hypercars in the market today, but even Ferrari’s current 963-horsepower crown jewel is not immune to getting humbled once in awhile. The latest to put the LaFerrari in its place is the Rimac Concept One, a Croation electric supercar that packs an astonishing 1,072 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque from no less than four electric motors, each with its own gearbox.
Recently, the folks from Archie Hamilton Racing lined up the Concept One hypercar against the LaFerrari and the Tesla Model S to see how it would fair against the two models, first in a torque-filled launch off the block and then in a sprint to a quarter-mile. The Model S with Ludicrous Mode went first and it just wasn’t much of a contest as the Concept One quickly left it in behind. As awesome as the Tesla S, it’s just not on the same performance level as the Concept One, and that’s already taking into account the Tesla’s 0-to-60-mph time of 2.8 seconds.
Then it was the LaFerrari’s turn, in which case the result turned out to be the same. The Ferrari put up a better fight than the Tesla, but ultimately, the Concept One pulled away comfortably, validating the electric hypercar’s 0-to-60-mph time of 2.6 seconds and 221-mph top speed.
Some people may still not be familiar with the Rimac Concept One and that’s understandable. But let this video be your introduction to this new road terror known as the Rimac Concept One.
2016 Rimac Concept S
Remember that all-electric supercar known as the Rimac Concept One that debuted back in 2011? Well, Rimac came to Geneva this year, and it brought a new take on the Concept One, dubbing it the Concept S – the Concept One’s “evil twin.” To put it simply, the car has better aerodynamic qualities, more horsepower, more torque, and less weight, along with Rimac’s All Wheel Torque Vectoring system.
According to Rimac, this evil twin has been “tailored to deliver the style and comfort of a GT car,” with improvements to the car being based on the experience learned from the Rimac e-Runner’s amazing performance at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race in 2015. Even the inside of the car, specifically the infotainment system has been revised to make this concept the ultimate all-electric race car.
Founder and CEO of Rimac, Mate Rimac, said, “We wanted to use the experience and knowledge from the Pikes Peak and offer our customers a unique, racelike experience. The Concept_S pushes the levels of performance to the extremes. Focusing on performance, the set-up of the R-AWTV_S system has been adapted to give the driver the ability to use the maximum out of the tires and aerodynamics. Telemetry data is helping the driver to perform better, just like on GT-racecars.”
So let’s take a close look at Rimac’s new baby and see just what made it worth bringing to the Geneva Auto Show.
2017 Rimac Concept One
Electric vehicles are on the rise. The statement works figuratively if you consider the recent proliferation of new EV models and technology, but it also works literally considering the results from the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Crowding the podium at last year’s “Race to the Clouds” was a duo of all-electric racers – a first in the event’s nearly century-long history. One of those cars was the E-Runner Concept_One, a joint effort by Japanese racing driver Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima and Croatian EV-builder Rimac Automobili. Incredibly, Rimac is now gearing up to release a production version of the Concept_One, and it’s packing sensational styling, a lovingly crafted interior, and output figures with four digits.
As you can imagine, the road here hasn’t been an easy one. Rimac took five years to create the production-ready Concept_One, following an initial reveal in 2011 with four ground-up redesigns. Practically everything on the car was conceived, developed, and manufactured by Rimac in-house.
“My goal was to not to [sic] create an electric version of existing supercars,” said Mate Rimac, CEO of Rimac Automobili. “I wanted to create technology to make the supercar considerably better in every regard – faster, more fun and more efficient. I wanted to make the supercar of the 21st century.”
Simply put, this is Rimac’s magnum opus, a technological tour de force in every sense. But is the world’s first all-electric hypercar really ready for primetime?
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The horsepower wars have yielded some pretty outrageous things over the years, with the latest breed of cutting-edge, go-fast machinery sporting specs and figures more in line with spacecraft or aircraft than ground-bound vehicles with four wheels. Even when running off batteries alone, the technology in play these days can be positively awe-inspiring. Case in point: the 2015 Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One, seen here laying down some extreme power on the dyno.
The video kicks off with quick shots of the car coming together at the hands of Rimac Automobili’s team of engineers, before the whole thing is strapped down for a blast on the rollers. Following this, you’ll see the E-Runner squat and go, while a shrill, hyper-powered turbine whine crescendos with the increasing wheel speed. You almost half expect to see the thing jump into hyperspace.
The result? One megawatt of output, or roughly 1,340 horsepower.
Not bad for a blender. The E-Runner is slated to appear at the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb later this month, where it will compete under the Electric Class category for the famous Race to the Clouds.
Behind the wheel will be Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima, an iconic driver in the motorsport world who also owns Monster Sport, the shop that built the E-Runner in conjunction with Rimac Automobili.
With about twice the output of last year’s car and a slew of new technology, the new E-Runner is expected to demolish last year’s time of 9 minutes, 43.09 seconds (the current Electric Class benchmark is 9 minutes, 8.188 seconds, as set last year by Greg Tracy in the 2014 Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III). And with no power loss due to the high altitude, expect the mega-EV to be mighty competitive with the dino-juice burners as well.
Look for the E-Runner to make its appearance in Colorado on June 28th.
Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima, arguably one of the quickest drivers the world has seen, is returning to the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with the Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One. Developed and built by Nobuhiro’s own shop, Monster Sport, in cooperation with Rimac Automobili, a Croatian manufacturer known for the Concept One electric supercar, the E-Runner Concept_One is set to become the most powerful EVs to race at Pikes Peak.
The project brings together not only "Monster" Tajima’s storied experience with the "Race to the Clouds," but also Rimac’s state-of-the-art drivetrain technology, including its All Wheel Torque Vectoring System and small and light, but still efficient battery pack. Their goal is quite ambitious: to break the previous track record for electric vehicles.
"We are quite confident that Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One will break previous year’s record. He is a great driver with tons of experience. With the support of our best engineers and technicians, our technology, powertrain, battery-system and Torque Vectoring, he will be able to push the boundaries of electric race cars to a whole new level,” said Rimac founder Mate Rimac.
The 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is scheduled to take place on June 28th. Until then, let’s have a closer look at the E-Runner Concept_One.
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Unveiled in 2011, the Rimac Concept_One created quite a stir in the supercar world, mainly because of its unique, all-electric powertrain that delivered 1,088 horsepower and a stunning 2,802 pound-feet of torque. Unfortunately, the vehicle never made it into production due to Rimac’s inability to sustain the project financially.
But that could change in the near future, according to the Croatian company, who has announced it is about to sign a €15 million ($20.8 million) deal with investors from South America and Asia, Left Lane News reports.
More than half the sum will be coming from Colombian tycoon Frank Kanayet Yepes, a wealthy investor in the energy industry known for his passion for supercars. He will be pouring €8 million ($11.1 million) into Rimac Automobili in addition to purchasing one of the first Concept_One units.
The remaining cash infusion will come straight from Hong Kong, with mineral company Sinocop Resources paying €5 million ($6.9 million) for a 10 percent stake in the company and a further €2 million ($2.8 million) in stock.
The manufacturer has yet to reveal when the first Concept_One will be completed, but founder Mate Rimac said there are "six cars in the pipeline", with each one to cost about $1 million.
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When it comes to stature, recognition and overall appeal, the exclusive Rimac Concept One still can’t hold a candle to the world famous Ferrari 458 Italia.
But everything else, well, that’s a different story.
In an attempt to show off the Concept One to the wealthy market in the Middle East, Croatian automaker, Rimac, decided to show what exactly its electric supercar is capable of. We already know the numbers: 1,073 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque, courtesy of four-in-wheel electric motors to go with a curb weight of 1,650 kg and a 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time of just 2.8 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 189 mph.
The Concept One’s capabilities were in full display after Rimac decided to pit it against the 458 Italia in a good ’ol drag race to see which car has the leg up over the other.
It must be said, though, that the 458 Italia’s 562 horses doesn’t come close to the numbers the Concept One can produce, but the whole point of the race, at least as far we’re concerned, is to show everyone with the money to spare - about $1 million, give or take - that the Concept One is worthy of all that dough.
And quite frankly, we agree.
It’s not every day the words "BMW M3" and "Electric" get thrown together, but today is one of those days. Rimac Automobili - yes, the same guys that introduced the Concept One - have taken a 1984 BMW M3 and converted it to an electric piece of automotive wonder.
The idea came about when Mate Rimac - the founder of Rimac Automobili - blew out the engine of his Bimmer while racing. He then started to read about how to develop electric vehicles and after one year of work, his end result netted him a heavy and not very powerful vehicle with a very limited range. Since that time, Rimac’s BMW has gone through five development phases during which almost everything about the car was changed. The time Rimac spent on this vehicle and the help he received from experts in the electric car field, gave way to the Rimac e-M3, which has become one of the fastest and most exciting electric cars in the world. Its electric motor delivers a total of 600 HP and 664 lb-ft of torque, which sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds up to a top speed of 174 mph. It also has a range of 111 miles.
The Rimac e-M3 has already smashed five world records (three of which are still waiting for official FIA approval) when he took the car on a two-mile long military runway near Zagreb on April 17th, 2011.
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This year’s Concorso d’Eleganza brought together some of the most amazing models out there. No doubt that the most impressive ones were the new BMW Zagato Coupe or the Aston Martin Project AM 310. But next to them people could admire supercars previously announced and equally impressive.
One of them was the Rimac Concept One - quite an unexpected presence near the Italian lakes.
Rimac Concept One is an impressive electric supercar built by Croatians and announced to be put into limited production: only 88 units will be produced, each unit coming with a price tag of €740,000 ($980,000 at the current rates).
Concept One features a unique powertrain which is divided into four sub-systems, each consisting of one motor and delivering an impressive 1,088 HP and 2,802 lb/ft of torque. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in only 2.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 189 mph.
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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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When Rimac unveiled the Concept One at the Frankfurt Motor Show we believed there are minimal chances to actually see one in action in the real world. But this video proved that we were wrong. A very lucky guy caught this electric car in action on the streets, most likely at his home in Croatia.
Short reminder: 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. The car will be built in limited production sometime in 2013. Only 88 units will be built.