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$1m Rimac Electric Supercar Now Available To Order

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2011 Rimac Concept One

2011 Rimac Concept One

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Compared with the task of enticing regular buyers into electric cars, offloading electric supercars onto the super-rich is an easy task.

The usual limitations of range or cost don't matter to buyers with dozens of other cars and money to burn, so the $980,000 Rimac Concept_One will sell itself.

In fact, it'll be selling itself fairly soon, as Wired reveals that Rimac has started taking orders for the Concept_One.

First revealed at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, the Concept_One originates from Croatia--not a country known for its supercar heritage. Founder Mate Rimac certainly believes that electric vehicles are the future of performance cars.

“I believe that the electric motor is a much better machine compared to the ICE, in almost all aspects, especially for a sports car,” he told Wired. Some may be skeptical of that claim, but with a power output of 1,088 horsepower, the Concept_One is the real deal.

Buyers will have access to a 185mph-limited top speed, and 0-62mph in only 2.8 seconds. If you're expecting that to result in a tiny range, you might be surprised--as Rimac is claiming 372 miles on a charge--though perhaps not at 185mph...

Like many supercars, it requires unique tires. In this case though, it's not solely down to the car's performance. With an electric motor for each wheel, the Concept_One uses bespoke Vredestein Ultrac Vorti tires with a Y-rating--capable of sustained speeds of 190mph.

It's fast, sexy, and exclusive too--only 88 will be made.

Even at nearly $1 million, Rimac should have no trouble selling every single one of its cars, and each will surely be flanked by Bugatti Veyrons and Ferrari Enzos in their buyers' dream garages...

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  1. Most impressive. But what I really want to know... is the first car name with an underscore in it?
     
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  2. Good question, but the answer is no! In the UK Kia's three-door version of the Cee'd compact car is called the Pro_Cee'd. Possibly one of the most infuriatingly-punctuated cars ever...
     
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  3. 92 KWH LiFePO4 liquid cooled battery pack. Wonder if that is made in house or if someone makes it for them.
     
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  4. This car is what the electric car world needs, cars that are exciting, cars that prove electrics are just as capable as gas, and something kids can have a poster of in their bedroom.
     
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  5. Protean in-wheel electric motors, probably (formerly PML Flightlink). Makes traction control etc. a whole lot simpler, and the in-wheel motors generally add no additional weight over the normal weight of the wheel caliper, etc). The most likely drive train technology for upper end EVs.
     
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  6. I am pretty sure the Concept_One does NOT use hub motor based on the video.

    So I am not sure why the following implies that special tires are needed because of the motors.
    "With an electric motor for each wheel, the Concept_One uses bespoke Vredestein Ultrac Vorti tires "

    http://www.rimac-automobili.com/concept_one/video-vp1
     
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  7. Probability the choice is personal preference, marketing - Giugiaro Design, and/or sponsorship. Little has been shown to warrant his statement.

    Peace
     
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  8. You know what I love? That many of today's cars look like the Hot Wheels fantasy cars I bought 40 years ago as a kid...
     
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  9. So they designed this, tested it, and manufactured it for < $88M?
     
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  10. Andrew, thank you!!! I was thinking the same thing. Who are they working with, where did this come from, etc...? How will they sell if they don't have their own dealers?

    Anthony, any insight on the above questions? No problem if not, just seems like this came from nowhere...
     
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