Rimac’s new Concept_One electric supercar

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Rimac’s new electric Concept_One supercar is now finally production-ready, some 5 years after the concept version debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Croatian based Rimac Automobili has announced today that it’ll be bringing the first production example of the car to the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, which will then be handed over to the first customer afterwards. Rimac have also released a fresh batch of photos of the car, which from the outside looks quite close to the original concept. But under the carbon fibre bodywork we’re told it is a much more refined beast, and even quicker than the original build.

The Concept_One is powered by four powerful electric motors, one for each wheel, located in the centre of both axles. This is similar to the system Tesla employs, although their system consists of just two electric motors – one front, one back. Just like Tesla vehicles, the vehicle chassis architecture is very different compared to traditional fuel engined vehicles, so a completely new platform had to be designed and build by the team at Rimac, resulting in a car which has perfect weight distribution and an extremely low centre of gravity.

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Interested yet? Well, you should be, because the Concept_One develops a total of 800 kW (1088hp) and 1600Nm (1180lb-ft) of torque, more than enough to rip your entire face off, probably. Better year, the use of a separate electric motor for each wheel means that the Rimac can take advantage of a specially developed all-wheel torque vectoring system, which can precisely calculate the optimum torque for each wheel, based on inputs from several sensors positioned around the vehicle. All of this technology means the Concept_One can accelerate from standstill to 100km/h in just 2.6 seconds, hit 200km/h in 6.2, and then 300km/h in a pretty astonishing 14.2 seconds. That’s faster than the Ferrari LaFerrari. Just.

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Rimac suggests the range of the Concept_One will be nearly 600km (372mi) on a single charge, and just eight bespoke vehicles will be made.

The price for all of the above? Just $980,000.

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