Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Rimac Automobili | posted February 26, 2016 11:08
The Rimac Automobili will debut production version of the Concept One
Rimac Automobili is all set to reveal the production version of the world’s first all-electric hypercar, the Concept One, at the Geneva Motor Show 2016.
Being a fully electric hypercar, the Concept One utilizes a totally different platform and layout including four powerful permanent magnet electric motors, one for each wheel located in the center of both axles.
The motors deliver a total of 1103 PS and 1600 Nm of torque and with the help of the Rimac All Wheel Torque Vectoring (R-AWTV) system, it accurately calculates the optimum torque for each wheel.
Each of the motors comes with its own proprietary gearbox system. The front motors get single-speed gearboxes while the rear comes with two-speed, Formula 1 double-clutch gearboxes on each side.
Rimac Automobili claims that the Concept One can be driven in one gear all the time ‘as it has enough torque to outperform almost any sportscar even if driven in one gear only.’
From standstill, the Concept One will reach 100 km/h in just 2.6 seconds, 200 km/h in 6.2 and 300 km/h in 14.2 seconds. Top speed is 355 km/h.
The R-AWTV also includes traction control, stability control, an ‘electric ABS’ and a regenerative braking system, using carbon-ceramic brakes, generating up to 543 PS.
All vehicle information, dynamics and powertrain functions are controlled by state-of-the-art, bespoke central touchscreen system. Adjustments can be done on the R-AWTV, brake force distribution, torque distribution and others to alter the performance of the Concept One.
Information comes from over 500 sensors throughout the vehicle and stored in the system’s internal memory while also being uploaded to a Cloud using a 4G connection.
Telemetry data can be accessed and analyzed on the vehicle’s touchscreen system, a PC or a mobile device.
Aside from being fast, the Concept One is also designed with top quality in mind. All that the driver touches inside are made on only aluminum, carbon or Alcantara. Nothing on the inside is made of plastic. Rimac Automobili proudly says that each piece in cabin has been crafted with the same level of workmanship as the ‘world’s best watches.’
“My goal was to not to create an electric version of existing supercars. I wanted to create technology to make the supercar considerably better in every regard – faster, more fun and more efficient. I wanted to make the supercar of the 21st century. The Concept_One showcases performances which were not considered possible for electric cars a few years ago. To reach that level of performance, we first had to develop the technology and then the car. The Concept_One has gone through four iterations from a concept to the production car. In every iteration, we have redesigned almost all systems from scratch in order to achieve the level of performance and quality that we have set for ourselves in the beginning. I am also extremely proud of our vertical integration – the Concept_One is a true Rimac Automobili product – down to the smallest details,” said Mate Rimac, Founder and CEO of Rimac Automobili.
Founded in 2009, Rimac Automobili is based in Croatia and composed of enthusiasts, engineers and designers bent on using electric propulsion to power vehicles of the future.