Before I get into anything else, let me first get a few things straight. Yes, the car is made in Croatia. Yes, it costs roughly $1million. Yes, it also beat the fastest Ferrari ever in a drag race, and finally, yes, none of this car makes sense. Actually, this car should not even exist and in fact, if a BMW didn’t blow up its engine back in the 80s, this car would have never come into existence. The car in question here is the Rimac Concept_One.
The Concept_One started off as a thought on a blank A4 sheet. Rimac owned a racer BMW M3 E40 which unfortunately blew up its engine during one of the races. So Rimac thought of using it as a test mule and fit it with a 600hp electric motor. Rimac thought of giving the Concept_One power from electric motors too, however no motor was powerful enough to satisfy their needs. So what did Rimac go and do? It developed its own components, patenting 24 new technologies in the process.
The Rimac Concept_One is the world’s first all-electric hypercar. It has four separate motors for each of the wheels and each motor gets its own gearbox. The features on this car are a first for the automotive industry. Using a touch-screen in the middle of the dash, you can choose whether you want it to be front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive. You can also monitor things like engine temperatures and G-forces around corners using this touchscreen. But for the normal people who are going to buy the Concept_One, the touchscreen also works like an ordinary infotainment system.
The only thing more staggering than the things you can do with the infotainment system is the performance of the Rimac. The Concept_One produces 1072bhp and the torque produced is enough to change the speed of rotation of the Earth; the torque output comes at 1180pound-feet. That is more than the Bugatti Chiron and the Koegnigsegg Regera. What this means is that the Concept_One has a 0-100 time of just 2.6s. The car has a top speed of 221mph. Also, you can hit 140kmph in just the first gear. And yes, it did beat a Tesla Model S and a Ferrari LaFerrari in a quarter-mile race.
For those who still care for things like range and charging time, even after reading the performance figures, the car will take you 200kms away on full charge, and should you run out of juice, the battery takes 15 minutes to charge fully.
If you were to ask me what’s so special about the Rimac other than the performance and the option to change it from AWD to FWD to RWD, I would say that unlike a Prius, it’s something that can make the auto-enthusiasts and the tree-huggers, both really very happy. The Rimac sounds amazing and the steering gives you great feedback. So, is the Concept_One a game-changer? Certainly. Will it change the game? Only time will tell. What do you think of the Rimac? Let me know in the comments.