Rimac Concept_One: the first electric supercar in the world

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 19, 2011

Rimac Automobili has unveiled the Concept_One, the first electric supercar in the world. It uses a new propulsion concept and has a curb weight of 1650 kg. With an output of 1088hp, the Concept_One can go from a standstill to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and could reach a top speed of 305 km/h.

The Battery Modules have 92kWh of energy, providing a range of 600 km. Rimac Automobili designed a unique powertrain that has four sub-systems. Each includes one motor, inverter and reduction gearbox. Each system moves one wheel and is totally independent from the others.

All Wheel Torque Vectoring is the name of this system, allowing for a novel approach to auto dynamics. According to Mate Rimac, the CEO of Rimac Automobili, the electric motor is a “much better machine” than the ICE in nearly all aspects, “especially for a sports car." Adriano Mudri, who designed the carbonfiber body, said that for this car to catch up to its rivals in this particular power & exclusivity class, it had to have a simple, sporty, and elegant design.

Goran Popovi led a group of former Pininfarina workers in designing its interior. The Rimac Automobili engineering team was responsible for the development and prototyping of the interior parts. Vilner came in next to add the leather. Due to all their efforts, we now have an interior that’s advanced but has high appeal and is enjoyable to interact with as well. This supercar also comes with high-end infotainment system and gadgets such as head-up-displays and soft-close doors.

When discussing the overall development of the Rimac Concept, it is notable that one took around five years, during which several iterations were created in order to attain the highest level of quality and performance and quality. Mate Rimac, founder and chief executive of Rimac Automobili, quipped that his goal was not to create electrified versions of existing supercars. Instead, he meant to come up with technology that makes them considerably better faster, more enjoyable and more efficient – in short, the supercar of the 21st century. The performance level of the Concept_One was not even regarded as possible for electric vehicles a few years ago.

To achieve this, Rimac had to create the technology and then the vehicle. Four iterations were created from being a concept to the final version – each presenting an almost complete redesign of all systems. The founder called the Concept_One as a true Rimac Automobili product to the smallest details. On the other hand, Adriano Mudri, Head of Design at Rimac Automobili, remarked that the Concept_One was designed, developed and manufactured under one roof.

He added that the carmaker’s broad automotive knowledge and skill sets have allowed it to explore possibilities to chase perfection on every level. Of course, the Rimac Concept_One started from a vision as translated into a sketch on a piece of paper.

Even the mathematical theory the Rimac All Wheel Torque Vectoring system was written on a piece of paper. Then, Rimac started shifting gears by considering everything necessary like the car’s basic functions and its software code. Amazingly, the Rimac Concept_One is crafted by skilled hands, turning sheet metal and carbon-fiber into elegant shapes. Considerably, it takes lots of skills to machine the car’s light alloy parts, tailor its wiring loom, and configure its interior – something that Rimac has achieved through years of its car making experience and expertise.

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