Published on February 20th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro3
Rimac Concept One Production To Begin In 2015
February 20th, 2014 by Christopher DeMorro
The Rimac Concept_One electric hypercar boasts Bugatti Veyron-rivaling horsepower with a price tag to match, and it could go on sale by the end of 2015. Is the world ready for this electric hypercar?
The Concept_One may have an awfully uninspired name, but it’s one of my favorite electric vehicles for one simple reason; speed. Where other automakers have focused on range, luxury, and alleviating customer fears, the Rimac Concept_One is a pure supercar that just happens to be electric. Oh, and it was designed by a 24-year old wunderkin named Mate Rimac, a Croatian-native with some serious talent (and apparently deep pockets).
Rimac also claims to own the “world’s quickest” electric car, a converted BMW that goes from 0 to 60 MPH in 3.3 seconds, with a top speed of 174 MPH. Sounds crazy fast, but compared to the Rimac Concept_One, it might as well be a Toyota Prius. Just look what happens when a Ferrari tries to take on the Concept_One.
That’s because the $1 million dollar Concept_One uses four separate electric motors, one at each wheel, to deliver a mind-blowing 1,088 horsepower. That’s enough power to make the 0 to 60 MPH sprint in just 2.8 seconds, less time than it took you to read this sentence. Rimac claims a top speed of 190 MPH, and a 373 mile driving range from the 91 kWh battery pack, which is even larger than the battery in the top-trim Tesla Model S. A system called All Wheel Torque Vectoring also helps give the Rimac exceptional handling compared to more primitive combustion-powered hypercars. Having a motor on every wheel is a unique advantage that no combustion car can match.
As much as I loved the Concept_One from the get-go (which desperately needs a new name), it was always one of those cars I never expected to make it past the concept phase. But interest in this electric hypercar is enough that the company is considering a limited run of 88 vehicles, with production beginning by the end of 2015. This is in addition to Rimac’s plans for producing and selling a limited volume of electric motors to other automakers.
While Rimac still has a long road ahead of them, they’ve given the electric car community a genuine supercar to cheer or.Technically speaking, the Bugatti is 0.4 seconds quicker to 60 MPH, and has a higher top speed. The Concept_One is a valiant first effort though, and an indicator of just how far electric vehicles have come in short order.
Think about it like this; it’s taken over a century of innovation to build a car like the Bugatti Veyron, but the Rimac took less than a decade. More importantly, those of us on the lower end of the income bracket haven’t been forgotten visa-vie an electric bicycle with Rimac roots. Give the Croatian superkid another ten years, and we might just have ourselves a worthy successor to Elon Musk. First though, let’s get those first production Rimacs on the road.
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