Will Rimac's Electric Supercars Perform As Good As They Look?

Rimac Automobili

If so, Tesla is in trouble.

Rimac Automobili is the Croatian company that continues to tease the world with gorgeous electric supercar concepts. We think the teasing has finally come to an end as Rimac has finally unveiled its first production car. The name isn’t the best—the Rimac Concept_One—but the figures obviously push the electric car into supercar territory. The Concept_One has four permanent magnet electric motors, one for each wheel, that are located in the center of both axles. The motors are good for 1,088 hp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque.

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Oh yeah, those are supercar figures. The power is put down through the Rimac All Wheel Torque Vectoring (R-AWTV) system that calculates the optimum amount of torque for each wheel. The system, apparently, controls each motor individually 100 times per second. Thanks to its power and all-wheel-drive system, the Concept_One can get to 62 mph just 2.6 seconds, to 124 mph in 6.2 seconds and to 186 mph in 14.2 seconds. Those just might be Tesla Model S-fighting numbers. While it’s fast, the Concept_One’s R-AWTV functions as traction control, stability control and “electric ABS” system that also allows four-wheel regenerative braking of up to 400 kW that works in tandem with the carbon-ceramic braking system.

On the inside, the two-seater features a bespoke infotainment system with physical buttons that are machined from billet aluminum, which control vehicle dynamics and powertrain functions. Other features on the inside include a touch screen interface, 4G LTE Internet connection and its own Cloud system. Rimac Automobili only plans to make eight Concept_One models and the price has not been released yet. While the Concept_One sounds like a true electric supercar, Rimac’s Concept_S is the Concept_One’s evil twin. Unlike the more pedestrian Concept_One, the Concept_S uses the full potential of the R-AWTV with more power, less weight and an aggressive aerodynamic package.

The Concept_S has a total of 1,384 hp and 1,328 lb-ft of torque. To account for the increase in power, the car gains a front splitter, side skirts, air deflectors and an enormous rear wing for downforce. By changing the materials and the process of making the carbon-fiber shell, the Concept_S is 110 lbs. lighter. This means that the Concept_S is can get to 62 mph in 2.5 seconds, while the sprint to 124.3 mph takes 5.6 seconds and 186.4 mph passes by in 13.1 seconds. The interior has racing bucket seats with a five-point harness, while drivers can choose from a host of different performance settings. The Concept_One and Concept_S sound like incredible supercars, but range, which makes or breaks electric cars, has not yet been revealed.

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