The production Rimac Concept_One will finally debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
Being touted as the world’s first all-electric hypercar, the Rimac Concept_One was actually first shown at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show with pre-orders taken in 2012. It has finally reached the production stage and it will be limited to just eight units and six have already been sold.
According to Rimac, the Concept_One is powered by four “extremely powerful permanent magnet electric motors,” one for each wheel located in the center of both axles. The four motors generate a total output of 1,088 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque while Rimac All Wheel Torque Vectoring (R-AWTV) system will precisely calculate the optimum torque for each wheel.
As a result, the all-electric hypercar is capable of going zero to 62 mph in just 2.6 seconds.
Since it is an electric vehicle, the Rimac Concept_One tips the scales at 4,078 pounds, so it’s not exactly a lightweight machine. This is despite having a space frame with aluminum and carbon fiber semi-stressed members.
Unfortunately, Rimac didn’t announce its driving range, but we’re guessing if you are planning to get your hands on one, it’s the least of your worries.
“My goal was to not to create an electric version of existing supercars,” said founder and CEO of Rimac Automobili, Mate Rimac. “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.”
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