The Rimac Concept One is a high performance electric car designed in Croatia. With a total output of 1224 hp, an acceleration of 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) in 2.5 seconds, a top speed of 355 km/h and a price of US$980,000, the Concept One has been described as the world’s first electric supercar. Rimac Concept One claims to be the world’s fastest accelerating electric vehicle with a torque of 1600nm.
The Aesthetics of this car really move emotions. The bodywork’s aerodynamics follow the simple rules of balanced efficiency. The Concept One’s timeless design features elegant and emotional lines that are not just beautiful, but also functional. Each surface and air intake serve a delicately balanced purpose – performance and efficiency. The all Wheel Torque Vectoring is a unique system that creates a new driving experience by utilising the advantages of independent wheel drive of the four-motor powertrain system. The system provides unseen flexibility and grip by controlling each wheel individually one hundred times per second. There are various modes and settings to choose from that perfectly match your preferences and skills in the given situation.
The electric motors offer numerous advantages compared to combustion engines. The Concept One was designed from the ground-up to utilise those advantages and create a whole new breed of the supercar of the 21st century. Rimac’s unique powertrain is divided into four sub-systems. Each system consists of a separate electric powertrain with an independent inverter, motor and gearbox for each wheel of the car. This engineering masterpiece enables the control of each wheel independently, hundreds of times each second, in both directions, delivering an unforgettable driving experience.
They have developed the world’s highest power density motor system to power each of the Concept One’s four wheels individually. Instant response, more than 90% efficiency, full torque at zero speed, wide power-band and limitless lifetime are some of the advantages around which the Concept One was designed from the ground-up. Each of the four motors is coupled to a proprietary gearbox system. While the front motors feature single-speed gearboxes, the rear motors carry something truly unique – a two-speed double-clutch gearbox on each side.
The battery pack is designed to deliver 1MW of power during acceleration and to absorb 400 kW during braking. A unique liquid thermal management and low-resistance conducting system had to be developed in order to master this challenge. The result is a highly advanced high-performance battery pack that is designed for demanding track-use, high power delivery and safety.
The interior is to die for. It incorporates the Rimac DNA. Hugging the body in bespoke leather trim, the seats position the driver low and close to the centre of gravity of the car, emphasising the chassis information that goes through the drivers lower back and into his arms. Leather and Alcantara are carved carefully with the precisely designed stitching, emphasising the attention to detail. All controls in the interior are beautifully crafted mechanisms similar to the world’s best watches, with hundreds of individual components, carved from solid blocks of metal. Those controls are the interface between the driver and the Concept One’s super-brain to adjust all important vehicle-settings like Torque Vectoring and regenerative braking. Several prototypes with electric systems were built but could not satisfy the requirements for steering feedback. The electro-hydraulic system worked in perfect harmony with Torque Vectoring and provides a touch of classic sports car feeling in a high-tech environment.
Rimac’s infotainment system features a new and intuitive design to show the telemetry data via graphs and graphics, the state of all of the car’s systems and numerous other functions. They produced as much as possible in-house. Painstaking attention to every detail required high quality, which can best be maintained and controlled if the engineering and manufacturing teams are under the same roof. Thousands of metal, electric and carbon fibre parts had to be manufactured, assembled and tested for each Concept One. Even the tools, jigs and moulds were designed and produced by Rimac Automobili. Most of the parts start their lives as aluminium blocks or raw bare carbon fabrics which don’t leave the Rimac facilities in Sveta Nedelja before they are assembled into cars.
— Power output: 1224 hp
— Torque: 1600 Nm from 0 to 6500 rpm
— Acceleration: 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) 2,5 sec
— Top speed: 355 km/h
— Range: up to 350 km
— Braking distance: 31.5m (100-0 km/h)
— 22 kW on-board charging
— Weight-to-power ratio: 1.55 kg/hp
— Weight distribution: 44% front, 56% rear
- Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide (LiNiMnCoO2) chemistry
- Voltage: 650V nominal
- Capacity: 90 kWh
- Cooling: Liquid
- Milled aluminum and sheet aluminum housing
- Rimac Automobili Battery and Thermal Management Systems
- Several layers of redundant safety and protection systems
- Ground clearance: Rear: 115 mm, Front: 105 mm
- Total length: 4146 mm
- Total width: 1854 mm
- Total height: 1070 mm
- Wheelbase: 2563 mm
- Dry weight: 1900 kg
Richard hammond from The Grand Tour crashed in this car as he was filming of season 2 of The Grand Tour. He managed to get away with a fractured knee.
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