Rimac Concept_One electric supercar redefines 'performance'

How does 1,088hp and 0-62mph in 2.8secs grab you?

By Gavin Conway on May 3, 2012 11:14 AM

When a Croatian outfit rocks up and announces that it’s going to sell a pure-electric supercar with 1,088hp and a hilarious 1180lb-ft of torque for just under a million dollars a pop, our sceptic nerve goes into a mighty old twitch. And then we remembered who these guys are.

We ran a 'YouTues' video some time ago that featured an old BMW 3-Series that had been built up as a pure-electric giant killer. It was insanely quick, comprehensively blowing away a BMW M6 and Porsche 911 Carrera 4S. It was also, as we observed at the time, “amazingly well developed – it’s not just a garden shed project with baling-wire solutions. When the team found that off-the-shelf components weren’t doing the job, they came up with their own designs using 3D programmes.”

And this is what they did next – Rimac Automobili says that it will take orders for its $980,000 Concept_One supercar, which is limited to a production run of 88 units. The car claims a phenomenal range of 373 miles and a 0-62mph time of just 2.8secs. Top speed is 190mph.

Each of the Rimac’s four wheels is driven by an individual electric motor fed by a 92kWh battery pack. The tyres – called the Ultrac Vorti and made by Vredestein – have been designed by legendary Italian designer Giugiaro. And the interior looks well made and entirely convincing.

Is it credible? Will anybody actually buy one? Will its performance even begin to match the claims? Cue a popcorn-eating emoticon.

In the meantime, check out the gallery and EVO magazine’s luxurious video: