2016 Geneva Motor Show – Rimac Concept_One Electric Supercar
The Geneva Motor Show will tease and torment us with loads of surprises and interesting vehicles, and I’m sure you will agree that the Rimac Concept_One Electric Supercar is one of them. Croatian startup Rimac took five years to design and develop Concept_One, with only 8 units scheduled for production, supposedly selling for around €800,000 in Europe ($880,000).
Compared to the original Concept_One, we’re dealing mainly with cosmetic changes, the likes of which include tweaked LED fixtures on both ends, more vents and a larger diffuser on the rear bumper, as well as conventional door mirrors replacing the digital cameras. On the inside, the study’s twin screens for the mirrors are also gone, while a new slanted center console now hosts a large touch-screen for the infotainment system.
Rimac has remained loyal to the supercar’s electric powertrain, which includes four permanent magnet electric motors, one for each wheel, located in the center of both axles. As a result, the supercar benefits from a total output of 1073 hp (1,088 PS) and 1,600 Nm (1,1795 lb-ft) of torque, right off the line.
The Concept_One’s dynamics and powertrain functions include the Rimac All Wheel Torque Vectoring System, as well as four gearboxes – a single speed transmission for each of the front motors, and a two-speed carbon fiber double clutch transmission for each of the rear motors. The All Wheel Torque Vectoring (R-AWTV) system will calculate the precise amount of torque for each wheel, resulting in a smooth and fast ride.
The 4-wheel regenerative braking system will keep power usage in check, while the battery pack was designed to deliver 1000 kW or 1MW of power during acceleration. Speaking of which, Concept_One will do 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 2,6 seconds; 0 to 200 km/h in 6,2 seconds, and keep it up until it reaches a top speed of 355 km/h. Unbelievable, isn’t it?