Concept One: The World’s First All-Electric, 0 Emission Hypercar
Bringing an electrifying challenge to the American might of Elon Musk’s Tesla, Rimac Automobiles is a Croatian born hypercar start-up of the kind that doesn’t come to fruition all that often.
The brain child of an infectiously enthusiastic, 25 year young inventor and undeniable genius, Mate Rimac, the start-up is responsible for the creation of the Concept_One, a wholly out of this world, 1,088 horsepower all-electric hypercar.
Capable of completing a dash to 60 in an eye-popping 2.8 seconds, incidentally that’s just 0.4 seconds behind a Bugatti Veyron, the Concept_One is more than equipped to outperform a plethora of the world’s somewhat more pollutive, yet desirable and expensive cars.
Given the space to do so, Rimac’s astonishing all-electric creation is capable of exceeding 190mph and boasts an innovative Lithium Ion Phosphate battery, which results in a full-charge range of up to 375miles. Admittedly, it’s a range that’s significantly reduced when driven in race mode.
Any how, all this is made possible by a unique combination of four silent electric motor, each of which is connected independently to one of the hypercar’s four wheels. Meanwhile, Mate’s patented AWTV (All Wheel Torque Vectoring) technology provides an environment where each wheel can be operated independently from the others. The technology is so capable that a staggering 1,000 adjustments can be made in just one second.
The technology comes in to its own when turning into a corner, the front driver-side wheel can for example brake for a second, while the passenger-side wheel can accelerate at pace. Meanwhile, the front wheels can quite literally do nothing. All this adds up to a whole new level of handling and something that your traditional petrol or diesel powered alternatives could never match or even come close to.
However, the Concept_One isn’t just about performance. Aesthetically, the hypercar is every bit as inspiring and unique as you’d expect from such an innovative creation. Long, wide and low riding with a series of memorising curves and contours, Concept_One has been pictured in two different, but equally pleasing two-tone finishes – cherry red and carbon fibre and deep blue and carbon fibre – both of which work immensely well.
Other aesthetic details worth a mention include the front grille, interrupted only by the ‘R’ badge, it appears to have been ingeniously formed from a single panel of carbon fibre. There’s also a set of four low profile tyres with alloys at the centre, each of with has 5 twin spokes and a centralised letter ‘R’. No wing mirrors, however, the traditional option is forfeited in exchange for a set of cameras, presumably of HD quality, but that kind of detail hasn’t been given.
The only thing missing from the exterior aesthetics is an oversized spoiler, which, call me crazy, but I think would work rather well.
On to the inside and there’s a stunningly futuristic cream and red leather finish, it’s been designed by the guys over at Vilner Studios who are just about the best supercar interior design outfit in the business. Meanwhile, dashboard instruments are incorporated into a rather unique LCD screen and displayed as a series of animated graphics, more than hinting at Mate’s underlying love and passion for electronics.
Of course, something as awesome and innovative as the Concept_One was never going to be cheap, it’s probably best that you sit down to hear the price. Limited to a production run of just 88, Rimac Automobiles are asking for almost a quarter of a million pounds per unit, that’s just short of $1million and what has led to it being referred to as the worlds first million dollar electric hypercar.