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Rimac Modeled The Concept One Torque Vectoring System After A Cheetah

Nature always does it better.

Automakers with enough personality to command mascots vary widely, although many tend to be of the British variety for some reason. For example, there’s the Spirit of Ecstasy standing at the bow of every Roller's hood reenacting the “I’m flying!” scene from Titanic while Jaguar’s mascot is, well, you know. While these characters serve to give each car a bit more of a personality, not all of these vehicles are actually designed with the characteristics of their mascot.

The cheetah may not be Croatian hypercar manufacturer Rimac’s mascot, but it’s the reason the car handles so well. In this video, founder Mate Rimac goes on to explain how the Concept One’s torque vectoring system works using the cheetah as an analogy. It’s not the cheetah’s legendary status as the fastest mammal on Earth that Rimac wants us to focus on, it’s the animal’s agility.

Like a cheetah, the Rimac Concept One is incredibly agile. For that it can thank its powertrain. Unlike conventional cars with internal combustion engines, there is no central power production unit that must send twist to each wheel after being modulated by a complex torque vectoring system. Instead, the Concept One has one motor per wheel, requiring nothing more than well-designed electric motors that can change speeds quickly and a clever computer system that can take inputs and orchestrate the show by telling each motor how much power to churn out. It is party tricks like these that help the Concept One challenge the most elite of supercars like the Bugatti Veyron and come out on top.

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