Move Over Bugatti Croatia Now Has Fastest Electric Car Ever

Rimac Concept One Electric Supercar from Croatia

Rimac Concept One
Electric Supercar
from Croatia

In case the Bugatti Chiron launch a few days ago, that would set you back some cool US$2.6 million (before tax) but will take you as fast as 420kph, had you saying to yourself you could really do with a hypercar but Bugatti’s old-fashioned internal combustion is too uncool for school, never fear: the Croatian Rimac Automobili (headquarters Sveta Nedjelja, near Zagreb, Croatia) has you covered. Move over Tesla (electric car) as well – here comes the Croatian made Rimac Concept One – the fastest electric car made so far and will only set you back a cool US$1.4 million. The Croatian electric vehicle maker has been showing off the Concept One for about five years now but the production version broke cover spectacularly at the Geneva auto show on 1 March 2016.

Rimac Concept One was designed by a 28-year old wunderkind named Mate Rimac, a Croatian-native with some serious talent, who is also the founder and CEO of Rimac Automobili company that’s backed by investments from abroad including South America and Asia.

Mate Rimac CEO of Rimac Automobili in Croatia and inventor of Concept One and Concept S supercars

Mate Rimac
CEO of Rimac Automobili in Croatia
and inventor of Concept One and Concept S
supercars

With 1072hp the Rimac Concept One accelerates from zero to 96 kph in 2.6 seconds. It reaches 193 kph in 6.2 seconds and has a top speed of 335 kph. Quite simply, it leaves a Tesla electric car (US manufactured car named after the 19th century Croatian born inventor and scientist Nikola Tesla) in the dust and is hailed as the fastest electric car on the planet.
The Concept One uses a pair of electric motors fed by an 82kWh lithium-ion battery pack and all-wheel torque vectoring that Rimac says provides the functions of traction control, stability control, and antilock braking by constantly calculating the optimum torque for each of the four wheels. So, the use of for electric motors mounted at the center of the both axles give the Rimac Concept One a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system that continuously calculates optimal torque distribution between the front and rear wheels. The all-wheel drive system has four different modes –comfort, control, track and drift. Owners have the option of deactivating the system if they so desire or customizing it to suit their needs.

Rimac Automobili Headquarters in Croatia

Rimac Automobili
Headquarters in Croatia

The car isn’t just fast. A quick look at the Concept One gives away the fine craftsmanship. No parts in the interior are plastic. Rimac opted for carbon, aluminum and alcantara, a high-end fabric found in yachts and Formula 1 cars.

 

 

Rimac Concept S - is one amped up supercar

Rimac Concept S –
is one amped up supercar

And if the Rimac Concept One isn’t enough for you, it now, literally, has an evil twin, called the Concept S that has just stepped from the shadows at the Geneva Motor Show, but instead of sporting a sinister Van Dyke beard and a menacing glare to denote the devilish difference, this doppelganger goes all-in on an aerodynamics package to put its perverse point across. The deviations are more than just skin-deep too – says auto blogger Domenick Yoney.
Unseen like an ulterior motive, the Rimac Concept S turns up the wick of an already diabolically powerful electric drivetrain, adding enough muscle to turn this all-wheel-drive supercar into a megawatt machine. Boasting 1,018 kW (1,365 horsepower) at peak with 1800 Nm (1,328 pound feet) of axle-twisting torque, we mean that in the most literal sense.
This version drops some weight (50kg) and gains an additional 296hp (200kW) and 147 lb-ft (200 Nm). That drops 0.1 seconds off the 0-100kph time and more than a second from the dash to 300kph.

True, Rimac Concept One and Concept S, or Bugatti Chiron for that matter, will go just as fast as any other car on the planet in city, town, village and any road traffic and a couple of handfuls or few dozens will own such a super super car  – most will not, but, hey, one can dream. Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)

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  1. Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

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  2. Wilkinson says:

    Fabulous achievement! Crongrats! Looks great

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  3. Marshall says:

    Been following the rise of this young man Rimac on the trail to beat all is speed and quality for electric cars. Such a marvelous success story. Bound to go places

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  4. Woohoo! Love this stuff 😀

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  5. Harry Ostojich says:

    Hum,ho, we’ve seen the hype from Mate and his supporters since 2011….
    yes, it’s a great idea, with great new concepts, and a great design, but it ain’t there yet!
    So quit the rabid hype – those people who compare the Rimac Concept One with the Tesla Roadster are missing the point – yes, they are both electric cars, but the Tesla costs about 15 times less that the Rimac, so why compare the top speeds of cars that address different markets?
    Originally it was stated that 88 units would be sold, the latest press release suggests that only eight will see the light of day, that’s quite a drop! what’s the problem with the Rimac?
    Is it technical? after all, the Rimac crashed after racing a Ferrari – has that problem been resolved? or is it financial?
    getting an undertaking like a new home grown super car is a very ambitious project, but the money has to come from somewhere…
    I’m NOT knocking what Mate has done, nor what he has achieved, but mindless enthusiasm is not needed here.

    The fastest electric car in the world is the Venturi Buckeye Bullet-1 with a top recorded speed of 321.834 mph (517.942 km/h) – the Rimac is a lot slower (but it’s still faster than my Volt).

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    • Oh dear, Harry Ostojich, aren’t you wound up uphill and sour. Sorry but the article does state that Concept One has been around for about five years BUT this was the first production version etc… if I quoted fastest then others think fastest too – and besides it’s a car for rare joys not city traffic and it’s advances tell us that future for ordinary cars is quite different for electric cars etc… you can wallow in your sour if not envious fury as much as you like – the world is big and some people are happy with one thing and others with another, no need to rain on people’s parades plenty of room for all

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    • autobahn says:

      How silly are you Harry Ostojich – Venturi Buckeye Bullet is classified as a race car and Concept One as Sports Car and there is a difference particularly given that the Bullet is not designed as car to be driven on road… Concept one is the fastest electric passenger car yet…

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  6. Oh wow that’s awesome !

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  7. Awesome!

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  8. In Croatia?

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  9. esther gitman says:

    Great looking car, Congratulations and Good Luck to Rimac and Croatia!

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  10. Where on earth can i drive my Rimac…Local speed limits are 110km in Sydney…. it will be interesting to see where mass production is kept … i hope to see local Croats on the production line and not produced say in Asia because of Tax consessions and Tariffs… Share holders would have the final say depending what majority of the company Rimac holds… Well then whats the Government waiting for give Rimac a Tax incentive to stay and employ our own people….

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    • It’s a car for joy Kustro, hence, you may need to drive into the Simpson Desert to give this one a good workover 🙂 or maybe a racetrack normal roads ain’t gonna see many of these nut who knows…perhaps one can still enjoy it driving slow, of course one can

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  11. Yes! No plastic parts in the interior.. Wonderful looking car. And it is time we made headway with cleaner cars .. Great share thank you Ina.. 🙂

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  12. I read this new too. This is better than Bugatti for sure.

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  13. Been following Rimac from the first intro of the Concept One. Love the design and craftsmanship, and ingenuity and innovation. Plus Mate should be be applauded for keeping his company in Croatia even though he’s had many ‘better’ opportunities to move his company. Croatian government get out of the way, and help clear a path for our brilliant and talented people to succeed.

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  14. Sweet looking ride. 🙂

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  15. Wow! Do you think they’ll let me have a test run?

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  16. Whoop whoo! …Want one! WTG Croatia! 😀

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  17. Buna seara Ina !
    Multumesc pentru informare ! 🙂
    Felicitari inginerilor si tehnicienilor din CROATIA pentru masina rapida creata ! 🙂
    Weekend placut ! 🙂

    Cu respect,
    Aliosa.

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  18. Sounds exciting 🙂

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  19. A fantastic post, Ina. What a great achievement happening there in Croatia. I wish I could have attended that show. I bet the folks at Tesla are paying attention.

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  20. I want one of those cars……..wow!

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  21. Reblogged this on Arlin Report and commented:
    I’ve got to get one of those.

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  22. I am amazed by what the human mind can achieve. Congratulations Rimac! Thank you Ina. This is a great source of inspiration for many; and what great honor this young man brings to his country, Croatia!

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