The Rimac Concept One: The World’s Fastest Electric Car [Video] [UPDATE]
|Rimac Concept One|
I know what all of you are thinking. Since this is an electric version of a supercar, the performance specs must be brought down to a suitably underwhelming degree to compensate for the lack of internal combustion engine. Trust me, they’re not. These are real supercar numbers. Bugatti Veyron and Hennessey Venom GT Spyder acceleration territory. The Rimac Concept One will rocket from 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds and keep going to a top speed of 190. Now, don’t forget, this is an electric car, so 100 percent of the torque is available from a standstill. Your head will be sufficiently slammed into the headrest. Driven in a more modest fashion, the Concept One will also go 370 miles on a charge. That’s not too shabby. My Evo X will only go about 310 miles on a tank of gas.
|Four Independent Electric Motors Provide 1,088 hp|
The Concept One achieves this performance by decreasing weight with a carbon fiber body and giving each wheel its own 272 hp motor custom designed for Rimac, inverter and reduction gearbox. That’s 1,088 hp and all-wheel drive for a 3,638 pound car. Over a thousand horses through electric motors produce a lot of torque, and since there are four motors, that torque is going to want to go four different ways. Rimac keeps all of that torque under wraps through a sophisticated systems of ECUs and sensors mounted all over the car. They call it “All Wheel Torque Vectoring”. It must work because Rimac claims each of the Concept One’s wheels can minutely and precisely accelerate and decelerate (through its carbon ceramic brakes) hundreds of times per second to keep the handling as desired. The handling settings, by the way, are driver selectable. Kind of like the F1-Trac on Ferraris.
|Rimac Concept One Interior|
OK, so the Rimac Concept One can hold its own on performance next to the supercar elite, but how does it look? Short answer, gorgeous. With hints of Koenigsegg Agera and Ferrari 458 Italia, it certainly looks the supercar part. And, unlike most small supercar makers (ahem…Noble and Ascari) the interior is well appointed and well thought out. The electric displays on the dash and center console should give the driver ready access to info and controls, that is if they didn’t do anything stupid on the programming like only give you access to the speedometer or the nav system at one time, not both.
Finally, what about price? Well, Rimac is only producing 88 units of the Concept One in a limited production run, so the car isn’t cheap. Prices start at $980,000. I imagine if you have that kind of cash sitting around, already have a Koenigsegg Agera, Gumpert Apollo R, Bugatti Veyron and Pagani Huayra and you don’t like paying $4.00 a gallon for gas, this car is right up your alley. Actually, this car is proof of the amazing leap forward of electric car technology in a relatively short period of time. In just 16 years, we’ve gone from the 137 horse 9 second 0-60 Chevrolet EV1 to an honest to goodness supercar in the Concept One. A supercar from Croatia no less. Cool. Oh yeah, don’t forget to watch the video.
[UPDATE: Rimac has secured funding to bring the Concept_One to market.]