Concept One - electric supercar

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Presented at the Frankfurt Auto show, the first Croatian supercar, and electric at that.
Some interesting numbers too.

FRANKFURT, September 13th, 2011. ? Rimac Automobili is unveiling the world's first electric supercar - the Concept_One.

The Concept_One is an exceptional supercar with a new propulsion concept. With a curb weight of 1650 kg, and 1088 HP, the Concept_One can reach 100 km/h from a standstill in 2.8 seconds and continue to accelerate to the limit of 305 km/h. 92kWh of energy in the Battery Modules delivers enough juice?for up to 600 km of range.

Rimac Automobili developed a unique powertrain which is divided into four sub-systems, each consisting of one motor, inverter and reduction gearbox. Each of those systems drives one wheel, working completely independent one from the other. It's called All Wheel Torque Vectoring and it allows a new approach to vehicle dynamics. Mate Rimac, the CEO of Rimac Automobili says: ?I believe that the electric motor is a much better machine compared to the ICE, in almost all aspects, especially for a sports car.?
The carbon-fibre body is designed by Adriano Mudri: ?Exploring the labyrinth of creativity, it was obvious at an early stage that the design had to be simple and clear with a lot of sporty elegance to easily catch up with its competitors in this power & exclusivity class.?

The interior is designed by a team of former Pininfarina employees, led by Mr. Goran Popovi?. After the Rimac Automobili engineering team finished the development and prototyping of the interior parts, the leather-specialist Vilner stepped-in. The result is a high-tech-supercar interior which can be both appealing and pleasant to interact with, at the same time. Special attention has been paid to the infotainment system and gadgets like head-up-displays and soft-close doors which had to match the propulsion technology in its advancement.

Rimac Automobili is a young company which develops and produces high performance electric vehicles, drive trains and battery system. This all began when the founder of Rimac Automobili, Mate Rimac, converted his old BMW to a race EV. He explored the technology by improving every part and began to team-up with experts from different fields in order to develop the next generation supercar. The old BMW is now officially homologated as a ?Rimac Automobili e-M3?and is used as a test mule for battery technologies, battery management, propulsion systems and latest in-house developments. Describing their beginnings Mate Rimac points out: ?Our first car evolved in a short period of time into a project that didn?t give a final result - instead it was a start, the start of the world?s first electric hyper car ? the Concept _One?. A group of 20 multi-talented engineers and designers settled in Croatia near Zagreb and are making something new and revolutionary. The production of the first model, the Concept_One, is limited to 88 units, starting with deliveries in 2013.






 

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Sure, why not. The Interior is not my kind of taste, but if it can deliver the "numbers" it promises ...
 

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It appropriate that it would be an electric car. :p Range is my biggest question.
 

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An electric supercar from the country whose biggest technological achievement has been the Serious Sam games...color me skeptical.
 

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An electric supercar from the country whose biggest technological achievement has been the Serious Sam games...color me skeptical.
Agreed Serious Sam is far greater than the A/C Electric Motor. :p
 

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One question. Weight?

It's stated in the first post mate, 1650 kg, which for a modern supercar isn't all that heavy considering what the 599 and Murcielago weigh.

But for me, this is the kicker - sound. Part of what makes a supercar for me is the way the hairs on the back of my neck stand up as the engine howls and wails, I don't think this will produce that same effect.
 

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It's stated in the first post mate, 1650 kg, which for a modern supercar isn't all that heavy considering what the 599 and Murcielago weigh.

But for me, this is the kicker - sound. Part of what makes a supercar for me is the way the hairs on the back of my neck stand up as the engine howls and wails, I don't think this will produce that same effect.
With your nick I would expect you to be a lot more interested in electric cars :p (I know its from Gundam)
 

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So on full throttle the battery will last less than 7 minutes?
 

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So on full throttle the battery will last less than 7 minutes?
Yes, and no. :?

Yes, in theory 800ish kW will drain your 92kWh battery in under 7 minutes.
No, flat out at higher rpm an electric motor will not draw peak power. To maintain full power output you need to hold it at WOT (whatever...) and keep it in the mid-rpm range - flat out up a steep hill for example.


Also, look what I found (mildly related): Some German Tesla Roadster owner has ticked off 100000km in May: http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/cgi/news/release?id=321428
 

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Now this brings me to my big question, how is this new thing really any better than the (failed) Tesla?
Gonna have the same exact problems and therefore fail just as hard. Electric cars barely work as daily commuter runners, definitely won't work as a supercar.
 

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Didn't the company go bankrupt?
That would be a failed company, not necessarily a failed car.
Take the Veyron, they say VW makes them at a great loss. Failed car? Nope.
More examples, the LFA is said to cost more to make than to sell. Failed car? :shake:
 
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