Rimac Concept One

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Manufacturer Rimac Automobili
Production 2013–present
Assembly Sveta Nedelja, Croatia
Designer Adriano Mudri (exterior)[1]
Goran Popović (interior)
Body and chassis
Class Sports car (S)
Body style 2-door coupé
Layout Individual-wheel drive
Battery 82 kWh Lithium-Iron-Phosphate (LiFePO4) chemistry
Range 330 km (210 miles)[2]
Wheelbase 2,750 mm (108.3 in)[2]
Length 4,548 mm (179.1 in)[2]
Width 1,997 mm (78.6 in)[2]
Height 1,198 mm (47.2 in)[2]
Curb weight 1,850 kg (4,080 lb)[2]

The Rimac Concept One (sometimes stylized as Concept_One) is a two-seat high-performance electric car designed and manufactured in Croatia by Rimac Automobili. With a total output of 913 kW (1,224 hp), an acceleration of 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) in 2.5 seconds, and a price on request, Concept One has been described as the world's first electric supercar.[3]

The Rimac Concept One claims to be the world's fastest accelerating electric vehicle.[4] Between January 2013 and October 2014, all eight cars of its limited production run were sold.[5]

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.[6]


Rimac Concept One at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

Rimac Automobili, an automobile manufacturing company established in 2009 in Zagreb, Croatia, grew out of its founder Mate Rimac's garage hobby.[7] The company's primary objective was to build an electric supercar,[7] starting, as Rimac put it, "with a blank sheet of paper".[8] Since electric systems for high-performance electric cars were not available on the market, the company developed the necessary parts and patented 24 innovations.[3]

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.[9] This car, called the "Green Monster", set five Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA)-sanctioned acceleration records in April 2011.[9][10] This attracted the attention of the media and potential investors.[7] 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.[11] 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.[3][7]

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.[12] As of October 2014, eight cars have been manufactured and sold which was the entire production.[5]

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.[13]

Rimac participated at the June 2015 Pikes Peak race with a 1,500 hp (1.1 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.[14]

After a series of incremental improvements, the final version of the car was presented at the March 2016 Geneva Motor Show.[15]


Rimac Concept One pace car at the 2014 Punta del Este ePrix in Uruguay.

With a total output of 913 kW (1,224 hp)[16] 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 2.5 seconds and will have an electronically limited top speed of 355 km/h (221 mph).[17][11] Each wheel is powered by a separate liquid-cooled permanent magnet synchronous electric motor[18] 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.[16][19] Also, the car has the ability to switch the power from front-wheel to rear-wheel drive.

The motors are powered by a 90 kWh Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide (LiNiMnCoO₂ chemistry),[2] giving the car a range of 500 km (310 mi) per charge.[8] The car's body is made of carbon fiber.[11] The interior features custom leatherwork and hand-made dashboard components.[11][20]

In the subsequent version presented at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show some values were further optimized: The maximum torque is 1,600 N·m (1,180 lbf·ft), 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 2.6 seconds , from 0–200 km/h (0–124 mph) in 6.2 seconds, and from 0–300 km/h (0–186 mph) in 14.2 seconds. The best 402 metres (14 mi) time recorded is 9.9 seconds.[21] The electronically limited top speed is now 355 km/h (221 mph). The vehicle has carbon ceramic brakes.[15]

In 2017, the 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) acceleration was improved to 2.4 seconds. 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) took 2.5 seconds, 0–200 km/h (0–124 mph) took 6 seconds, and 0–300 km/h (0–186 mph) took 14 seconds. The range was increased from 330 to 350 km (205 to 215 miles).[22]


As of November 2014, Rimac has sold all initial eight Concept One automobiles.[5] Four of them went to the US, two of them to UK and the rest to UAE.[23]

In 2017, it established official dealerships with Manhattan Motorcars, Al Marooni Group and PACE Germany for the regions of Europe, North America and the Middle East.[22]

Derived vehicles[edit]

The end of 2014 the Volar-e was put on the market. The company Applus + IDIADA built this vehicle based on the Rimac Concept One, however, reduced the battery size (38 kWh), to save weight. The range is 200 km (120 miles). The battery can be recharged in 15 minutes. [24]


On June 10, 2017 whilst filming the second season of The Grand Tour by competing in the Hemberg Hill Climb, Richard Hammond was hospitalized after crashing a Rimac Concept One vehicle in Switzerland. Hammond was able to escape the accident with a fractured knee, despite the car flipping and catching fire shortly afterwards.[25]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Concept_One – Tech Specs – Performance". Rimac Automobili. Retrieved November 24, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Johnson, Bailey (September 4, 2012). "World's first million-dollar electric supercar". cbsnews.com. CBS News. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ Isaacson, Andy (November 7, 2013). "Engineer Mate Rimac Revolutionizes Electric Cars". online.wsj.com. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "Rimac: 'Radim na novom modelu u klasi Bugattijeva Veyrona'". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). October 2, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Rimac Automobili to Supply Concept One Supercar for Formula E" (Press release). FIA Formula E. July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d Wittenberg, Simon (October–November 2012). "$1 Million Rimac Concept". Luxurious Magazine. pp. 89–91. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Tamblyn, Thomas (July 20, 2012). "Rimac Concept One electric hypercar to debut this September". t3.com. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Rimac Automobili test mule breaks world records" (Press release). Rimac Automobili. October 12, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  10. ^ George, Alexander (October 22, 2012). "Croatia Breaks EV Speed Records With 1984 BMW". Wired. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c d "2011 Rimac Concept One". topspeed.com. July 5, 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Domaći uspjeh: Hrvatska izvozi prvi automobil u povijesti". Večernji list (in Croatian). January 6, 2013. Retrieved February 17, 2013. 
  13. ^ Weiss, C.C. (April 18, 2015). "Finland's Toroidion electrifies the street with 1,341-hp 1MW concept car". gizmag. Retrieved February 11, 2016. 
  14. ^ Cobb, Jeff (June 29, 2015). "1,300-Horsepower Electric Racers Dominate at Pikes Peak". Hybrid Cars. Retrieved March 4, 2016. 
  15. ^ a b "Rimac zeigt finale Version des Elektroauto-Sportwagens Concept One" [Rimac shows the final version of the electric car Concept One] (in German). Germany: ecomento.tv. February 24, 2016. Retrieved March 4, 2016. 
  16. ^ a b Barry, Keith (April 19, 2012). "Rimac Concept One Ready for Buyers, Gets New Tires". Wired. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Rimac Automobili and Vredestein at Top Marques Monaco". Rimac Automobili (Press release). 12 April 2012. 
  18. ^ "Motors & Powertrain". Rimac Automobili. Retrieved March 4, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Torque Vectoring". rimac-automobili.com. Rimac Automobili. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  20. ^ "History of the Rimac Automobili Concept One". gtspirit.com. December 1, 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  21. ^ Salomondrin (October 9, 2016). Rimac Concept One vs Porsche 918 Spyder Drag Race! Bangin' Gears - Ep. 4 Part 3 of 3. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  22. ^ a b "Rimac Automobili at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show" (Press release). Rimac Automobili. March 7, 2017. Retrieved April 23, 2017. 
  23. ^ Petrány, Máté (April 14, 2017). "The 1224 Horsepower Rimac Concept One Is the Perfect Hypercar for the City". Rand and Track. US. Retrieved April 23, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Elektroauto mit 1088 PS entwickelt" [Electric car with 1088 PS]. Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (in German). October 24, 2014. Retrieved April 12, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Richard Hammond in hospital after car crash". Sky News. Retrieved 2017-06-10. 

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