Croatian company "Rimac Automobili" is coming to the Geneva Motor Show 2016 to unveil their production version of the supersporty electric Rimac Concept_One; surely a newcomer that is bound to shake up the world of alternative fuel cars. 

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According to Rimac, the idea behind the ambitious Concept_One – which will be produced in ultra limited quantity of eight units – is that an electric powertrain is able to make a sportscar not only faster, but also more fun and more efficient. Hence, Rimac combined all their know-how, technology and experience amd used it to create this amazing electric supersports car.

How does the production version of the vehicle visually differ from the working study that was introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in 2011? They slighty changed the cooling system, the engine hood, the windscreen and the carbon difuzer at the back. The luxurious interior is created from carbon, aluminium, topped with digital displays. All the car's functions are managed using physical buttons. Rimac Avtomobili developed their own infotainment system with all the data stored in the internal memory and sent to the Cloud via high-speed 4G Internet link.

The Concept_One is powered by four extremely powerful permanent magnet electric motors, one for each wheel, located in the centre of both axles. Distributing a total of 800 kW / 1088 HP and 1600 Nm of torque, the Rimac All Wheel Torque Vectoring (R-AWTV) system precisely calculates the optimum torque for each wheel. The system provides unseen flexibility and grip by controlling each motor individually one hundred times per second, which enables the Concept_One to accelerate from standstill to 100 km/h in just 2.6 seconds and, to 200 km/h in 6.2 and to 300 km/h in mind-blowing 14.2 seconds. The R-AWTV functions as a traction control, stability control and "electric ABS" system that also commands the 4-wheel regenerative braking of up to 400 kW that works together with the carbon-ceramic braking system.

Depending on the wishes and driving skills of the driver, a person can choose – via R-AWTV – between four driving modes: comfort, control, track and drift mode, or set-up a custom setting with customised power distribution, regenerative braking settings, etc. The R-AWTV can also be completely turned off.

The battery pack can deliver 1000 kW or 1MW of power during acceleration and absorb 400 kW during braking with the help of a unique liquid thermal management and low-resistance conducting system, developed exclusively for this vehicle. Each of the 8450 battery cells is individually controlled through the in-house developed Rimac Battery Management System, ensuring optimal conditions for a long battery life and long-term performance.

"We wanted to achieve that solid feeling of classic supercars. The goal was to achieve a true connection between the driver and the machine – and that is only possible with passion, attention to details and craftsmanship. The Concept_One is a truly hand-made car." said Mate Rimac.

Feb. 23, 2016 Driving photo: Rimac

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