Rimac Concept One electric supercar offered at Top Marques MonacoMon, 30 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0700
The Top Marques Monaco show at the Grimaldi Forum doesn’t feature the best from Ford, Subaru and Hyundai. What it does feature is booths from lesser-known, bespoke automakers such as Pagani, Hamann, Noble and Croatian supercar-maker Rimac.
Rimac introduced the Concept One electric vehicle at the Frankfurt motor show in September. It uses four liquid-cooled permanent magnet electric motors--one for each wheel--to deliver a total of 1,088 hp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque. The 0-to-60-mph sprint is dispatched in just 2.8 seconds. Speed is scrubbed with six-piston front and four-piston rear carbon-ceramic brakes.
Liquid-cooled battery packs are spread throughout the car to balance weight. The car has a maximum range of 372 miles, according to Rimac.
The exterior of the Concept One is 100 percent supercar. It looks a bit like the Jaguar C-X16 concept in the front and a futuristic spaceship in the back. The lines were penned by Austrian designer Adriano Mudri. The interior was designed by former Pininfarina designers and was outfitted by Bulgarian luxury specialist Vilner.
Rimac needed a custom set of wheels for the Concept One to handle all of that power. HRE was tapped for the rims. The company has designed custom wheels for Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb and for Rhys Millen and his RallyCross car. HRE made a set of lightweight, split-spoked, monoblock wheels. A company named Vredestein created a set of high-performance tires for the build.
Price of entry is steep, at $980,000, and Rimac is only making 88 examples. They aren’t all sold yet so you still have a chance to get your hands on one if you’re so inclined. Call Rimac’s home office in Croatia or visit www.rimac-automobili.com for more information.
By Jake Lingeman