Rimac Auto's Concept One claims to be fastest electric car
25 February 2016
Croatian carmaker Rimac Automobili will unveil the Concept One hyper car at the Geneva Motor Show 2016, which, the company claims, is the fastest electric vehicle underproduction in the world.
Rimac Auto says the hyper car is not only a lot faster than a sports car, it also cruises at record speeds. Concept One is not just a prototype, it is already born and is cruising around at record speeds.
The car is powered by not one, but four permanent magnet electric motors, one for each wheel. As far as wheel power goes, one can be assured of there always being optimum torque on each of the wheels as the Concept One also utilises Rimac's All Wheel Torque Vectoring system, which distributes the car's 800 kW/ 1,088 HP and 1,600 Nm of torque. It also utilises a powertrain system that had been built into its chassis.
So far as acceleration goes, it beats both of Tesla's Model S and Model X cars. Tesla's faster car, the Model S, accelerate from 0 to around 95 kilometers in 2.8 seconds. The Concept One can go from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 2.6 seconds and from complete standstill it can also reach 200 km/h in an impressive 6.2 seconds and 300 km/h in only 14.2 seconds. And if at any point the brakes have to be applied, the car comes with 4-wheel regenerative braking of up to 400kW thanks to its ''electric ABS system.'' Apart from this the Concept One also offers both stability control and traction control.
The vehicle was first seen five years ago and now the company is finally ready to show off the production model at next month's Geneva Auto Show. It'll be the first of eight Concept Ones the firm would build and sell to the public, although on the price front Tesla would seem to be a bargain. According to Autoblog, the price tag for one of the vehicles would cost the better part of a million dollars.