Rimac Concept One car
|Rimac Concept One from 2013 to 2014|
|Production||Concept One (8 produced)
Concept S (2 produced)
|Designer||Adriano Mudri (exterior)
Goran Popović (interior)
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door coupé|
|Electric motor||4 liquid-cooled permanent magnet synchronous electric motorsplaced at each wheel|
|Battery||90 kWh Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide (LiNiMnCoO2) chemistry|
|Range||330 km (210 miles)|
|Dry weigh||1,900 kg|
The Rimac 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 (1,241 PS; 1,224 hp) and an acceleration time from 0–62 mph (0–100 km/h) in 2.5 seconds, the Concept One has been described as the world's first electric sports car.The Rimac Concept One was claimed to be the world's fastest accelerating electric vehicle in 2013.The company chose to manufacture and sell an exclusive volume of 8 cars.
Rimac Automobili, an automobile manufacturing company established in 2009 in Sveta Nedelja, Croatia, grew out of its founder Mate Rimac's garage hobby. The company's primary objective was to build the world's first electric sports car,starting, as Rimac put it, "with a blank sheet of paper" Since electric systems for high-performance electric cars were not available on the market, the company developed the necessary parts in-house and patented 24 innovations.
The Concept One was introduced at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, and afterwards shown at the 2012 Paris Concours d'Elegance, where it received a positive response by the general public and potential customers. The car was set to cost US$ 980,000 once the serial production started in 2013. A limited production of just 8 units was to be offered. The first car was delivered to an anonymous Spanish customer in January 2013.
Rimac participated at the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with a 1,100 kW (1,500 PS; 1,500 hp) highly customised version called the E-Runner Concept_One. The vehicle took second place overall competing against ICE vehicles. The driver was the multiple Pikes Peak winner Nobuhiro Tajima.
After a series of incremental improvements, the final version of the car was presented at the March 2016 Geneva Motor Show.In 2017, the Concept One participated at the Goodwood Festival of Speed for the first time, breaking the EV speed record on a timed track.
- Tig-welded Cro-Mo spaceframe
- Aluminum, carbon and Cro-Mo crash structures
- Front and rear suspension: Double wishbones, fully adjustable, pushrod operated.
— Power output: 1224 hp
— Torque: 1600 Nm from 0 to 6500 rpm
— Acceleration: 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) 2,5 sec
— Top speed: 355 km/h
— Range: up to 350 km
— Braking distance: 31.5m (100-0 km/h)
— 22 kW on-board charging
— Weight-to-power ratio: 1.55 kg/hp
— Weight distribution: 44% front, 56% rear
With a total output of 913 kW (1,241 PS; 1,224 hp) and 1,600 N⋅m (1,180 lb⋅ft) of torque, the Concept One accelerates from 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 2.5 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 211 mph (340 km/h). Each wheel is powered by a separate liquid-cooled permanent magnet synchronous electric motor 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. The car featured carbon ceramic brakes for improved stopping power. Also, the car has the ability to switch the power from front-wheel to rear-wheel drive or to equally distribute the power between all wheels.
- Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide (LiNiMnCoO2) chemistry
- Voltage: 650V nominal
- Capacity: 90 kWh
- Cooling: Liquid
- Milled aluminum and sheet aluminum housing
- Rimac Automobili Battery and Thermal Management Systems
- Several layers of redundant safety and protection systems
The Concept_One’s battery pack is designed to deliver 1MW of power during acceleration and to absorb 400 kW during braking. A unique liquid thermal management and low-resistance conducting system had to be developed in order to master this challenge. The result is a highly advanced high-performance battery pack that is designed for demanding track-use, high power delivery and safety.
The motors are powered by a 90 kWh Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide (LiNiMnCoO₂ chemistry) battery,giving the car a range of 310 mi (499 km) per charge. The car's body is made of carbon fibre. The interior features custom leatherwork and hand-made dashboard components.
In the subsequent version presented at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, some performance figures were further optimized: the acceleration from 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) was acheived 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 (1⁄4 mi) time recorded was 9.9 seconds. The electronically limited top speed was increased to 221 mph (356 km/h).
In 2017, the 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) acceleration time 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 205 to 217 mi (330 to 350 kilometres).
The Concept S is a lighter, more powerful, more aerodynamic and track-oriented iteration of the Concept One. The electric motors in the Concept S can generate 1,384 hp (1,032 kW), enabling the car to accelerate from 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in just 2.5 seconds and attain a top speed of 227 mph (365 km/h). By making modifications to produce the carbon fibre shell of the car, Rimac has reduced the weight of the Concept S by 50 kg (110 lb). The car also receives a full aerodynamic package which includes a large carbon fibre front splitter, side skirts, racing slicks and a large rear wing that generates 34% more downforce than the Concept One. On the interior, the car features racing bucket seats with 4-point racing harness, a new steering wheel, a driver focused infotainment system that projects only the most important information on the central display and alcantara trim. Production was limited to two cars.
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, the battery size was reduced in order to save weight (38 kWh). The car had a range of 200 km (120 miles). The battery could be recharged in 15 minutes.
The Grand Tour
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 flying off the road on a hill climb, rolling down the hill, flipping over, and catching fire shortly afterwards. It was later revealed during the show that the car continued to self-combust for five days due to thermal runaway caused by the batteries.