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 vis-à-vis 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.
About the Author
Christopher DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMI’s. When he isn’t wrenching or writing, he’s running, because he’s one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.