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Rimac Concept_One electric supercar revealed

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Driver-focused interior features a head-up display
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Leather-specialists Vilner outfitted the Concept_One's interior
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Concept_One's 92 kWh Battery Modules deliver up to 600 km of range
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Front and rear sub-systems each contain two symmetrical motor-controller-reduction-gearbox units
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The all new Concept_One EV we previewed ahead of this month's Frankfurt Motor Show has been revealed. The brainchild of 23-year-old Croatian automotive designer Mate Rimac, the Concept_One backs its sleek design with a cracking spec sheet - 1088 hp, 3,800 Nm of torque, 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.8 seconds, a top speed of 190 mph (305 km/h) and a 370 mile range (600 km). If those figures translate to the limited-edition production model due in 2013, Concept_One will definitely have earned its "electric supercar" tag.

Like the original Audi e-tron concept shown in Frankfurt two years ago, the Concept_One takes advantage of four independent electric motors - one for each wheel. Apart from the massive torque numbers (the e-tron claimed an incredible 4,500 Nm), this enables torque to be precisely distributed to each wheel as required. Rimac says that its All Wheel Torque Vectoring set-up, which features front and rear sub-systems each containing two symmetrical motor-controller-reduction-gearbox units, can control each wheel at a rate of thousands of times each second.

Driver-focused interior features a head-up display
Driver-focused interior features a head-up display

Rimac's design and engineering team includes former Magna Steyr designer Adriano Mudri. Mudri is responsible for the carbon-fiber body while a team of former Pininfarina employees led by Goran Popović designed the "driver-focused" interior which includes serious lashings of leather from Vilner and a head-up-display.

According to the Rimac press release, a limited run of 88 units is in planning with deliveries starting in 2013, but at this stage there's no further details on where the car might be produced or how much it will cost. This is one to watch.

Concept_One Key Specs:

  • Power: 1088 hp
  • Torque: 3,800 Nm
  • Battery Capacity: 92 kWh
  • Range: 600 km
  • Acceleration 0-100 kph: 2.8 sec
  • Top Speed: 305 kph
  • Curb Weight of 1650 kg

Here's Rimac Automobili's video overview of the Concept_One:

The Concept_One Propulsion System

14 comments
robinyatesuk2003
looks like this may well see the light of day,,,,very nice indeed !
Nelson
Designed by a 23 year old and it looks it. UGLY!!!
Walt Stawicki
Many of us were sent to study hall detention for the unscholarly crime of sketching this car, or its spittin image...way way way back the day, talking midcentury here....
cmaglaughlin
You should NEVER call another person\'s baby \"ugly.\"
Burnerjack
I have to agree with both Robin and Walt. 92 Kwh battery capacity. That\'s my house\'s electric budget. For a month.
Mudd
I would happily park this wonderful car in my garage.
mrhuckfin
I have very little good to say about electric vehicles but if these spec\'s are even remotely true I could forgive a LOT of ugly. I won\'t be to surprised if it fails to meet hardly any of it\'s objectives or even if it never get\'s produced, BUT if it does come to fruition and works out like they say then I\'ll be the 1st to congratulate them. :-)
Slowburn
Why does a regenerating AWD electric car need so much brake?
Mr Stiffy
I like it - more or less - very streamlined etc.. Trouble is that with being tall, I think perfecting the running \"feet first\" jump through the hatch in the submarine, may be in order.
Michiel Mitchell
Ugly???? where's yours? oh yeah right! you are still busy with it! what where you doing when you where 23?
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