The Rimac Concept One (also styled Concept_One) is a two-seat high-performance electric sports car designed and manufactured by Rimac Automobili. With a total output of 1,088 hp, an acceleration from 0–100 km/h (0–60 mph) in 2.8 seconds, and a price of US$980,000, Concept One has been described as the world’s first electric supercar becoming the world’s fastest accelerating electric automobile as of 2013 to be only caught up with in 2015 by the Rimac Concept S. Between January 2013 and October 2014, all eight cars of its limited production run have been sold.
To advertise both Rimac Automobili and Formula E, the Concept One will be used as the official zero-emission race director’s car during Formula E events.
Rimac Automobili, an automobile manufacturing company established in 2009 in Zagreb, Croatia, grew out of its founder Mate Rimac’s garage hobby. The company’s primary objective was to build an electric supercar, starting, as Rimac put it, “with a blank sheet of paper”. Since electric systems for high-performance electric cars were not available on the market, the company developed the necessary parts and patented 24 innovations.
When Rimac’s 1984 BMW E30 blew its internal combustion engine during one of its races, he made it the company’s first test mule, fitting it with a 600 hp electric powertrain. This car, called the “Green Monster”, set five Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA)-sanctioned acceleration records in April 2011. This attracted the attention of the media and potential investors. He also created several more E30 electric model to sell, and after some success, went on to create his own car.
The Concept One was set to cost US$980,000 once the serial production started in 2013. A limited set of 88 units was to be offered. The Concept One had been tested and still needed some adjustments, and a new body was to be developed for production.
The car was introduced on the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, and also shown at the 2012 Paris Concours d’Elegance, where it received positive results.
The first car was delivered to an unnamed Spanish customer in January 2013.As of October 2014, eight cars have been manufactured and sold which was the entire production.
In early 2015 the Toroidion 1 MW concept took the title of world’s most powerful all-electric supercar away from the Rimac Concept One.
Rimac participated at the June 2015 Pikes Peak race with a 1 MW highly customised version called the E-Runner Concept_One. The vehicle took second place overall. The driver was the multiple Pikes Peak winner Nobuhiro Tajima.
The car was constantly evolving. then the final version was presented at the March 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
With a total output of 811 kW (1,088 hp) and 1,600 N·m (1,200 lbf·ft) of torque, the Concept One will accelerate from 0–100 km/h (0–60 mph) in 2.8 seconds and will have an electronically limited top speed of 305 km/h (190 mph). Each wheel is powered by a separate liquid-cooled permanent magnet synchronous electric motor and controlled by the so-called “All Wheel Torque Vectoring System” that distributes the power to the wheels in accordance with user setup and driving conditions. Also, the car has the ability to switch the power from front-wheel to rear-wheel drive.
The motors are powered by a 82 kWh lithium iron phosphate battery, giving the car a range of 500 km (310 mi) per charge.The car’s body is made of carbon fiber. The interior features custom leatherwork and hand-made dashboard components.
In the final version presented at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show some values were further optimized: The maximum torque is 1600 Nm. 0 to 100 km / h in 2.6 seconds, from 0 to 200 km / h in 6.2 seconds, and from 0 to 300 km / h in 14.2 seconds. Best quarter mile time recorded is 9.9 seconds. The electronically limited top speed is now 355 km / h. The vehicle has carbon ceramic brakes.