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PostHeaderIcon Richard Hammond’s Accident Helped Rimac Sell Three Cars The Exact Same Day

 Rimac Concept One at Top Marques Monaco

It’s been almost a year since The Grand Tour’s Richard Hammond barely escaped with his life after crashing a Rimac Concept One. It was a tumultuous one for a lot of people, but apparently, the crash turned out to be a blessing of sorts for Rimac. Despite losing one of its $2.1 million machines because of the crash, the accident, and the subsequent media exposure it received, helped the company sell three units that same day.

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Rimac Concept One

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PostHeaderIcon Rimac Concept Two

At this point, it’s impossible to deny Rimac’s presence among the fastest of the fast in the automotive world. The Croatian brand first made a splash back in 2013 when it released its very first production vehicle – the Concept One. By 2014, all eight units of the limited production run were sold. In 2015, Rimac brought its EV speed slab to Colorado with the intention of competing in the very difficult Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, managing to take home a second-place trophy in the process. More recently, the Rimac has been featured as the upstart challenger lined up to take out more traditional street-legal internal combustion-powered supercars, and so far, its triumphed every time. Then there was that time Richard Hammond wadded one into a tight ball of flaming metal in a hill climb contest. The point is this – in the five or so years its been on the market, the Rimac Concept One has been making waves, and it has now established itself as the go-to for superlative all-electric performance. As you might expect, Tesla isn’t having it. In November of 2017, the California brand unveiled its own supercar killer – the Roadster 2.0, claiming such astronomical specs as 1.9 seconds in the 0-to-60 mph test and 10,000 Nm (7,376 pound-feet) of torque. Thing is, Tesla is gonna need to hurry up and get the next Roadster on the road, because Rimac already has an answer. Dubbed the “Concept Two” (Rimac is expected to give it a “real” name soon), this next-gen EV monster will take battery performance to a whole new level, with ever-higher four-figure output numbers and a 0-to-60 mph that looks to break into the high 1-second range, not to mention highly advanced self-driving tech.

The Rimac Concept Two promises to be a game changer in just about every way, and might have the Tesla Roadster 2.0 beat before it can even rolls off the production line. We should know more when Rimac drops the details at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show next week, but until then, read on for our full speculative review.

Continue reading to learn more about the Rimac Tesla Roadster Competitor.

Exterior

  • Speed wedge style
  • Carbon fiber everywhere
  • Advanced aerodynamics
  • LED lighting
  • Coupe at first, but roadster later?


“Side vents and creases move the atmosphere through openings in the tail, while the centrally placed greenhouse balances the proportions, hinting at the car's 50:50 front-to-back weight distribution and low center of gravity.”

Rimac has been teasing us about its next supercar for a while now, with videos like this one and this one showing quick shots of the upcoming speed machine obscured by shadow. We just couldn’t wait to see it in the metal, so we went ahead and rendered what we thought it would look like.

The overall style is similar to that of the Concept One, with a wedge-like stance that emphasizes the low and wide dimensions through voluptuously curving body panels. The front end is almost U-shaped thanks to its ultra high fender flares, while the headlights pull back along the sides of the vehicle and towards cabin. LEDs for the daytime running lights and forward projection are pretty much a sure thing. A small front intake and blade-like side intakes help to direct the atmosphere where necessary, with carbon fiber elements breaking up the painted bits with a little composite goodness. A lower chin splitter leads to a flat underbody.

In the side, we find monstrous wheels with a rolling pin-esque width, wrapped in uber-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. Side vents and creases move the atmosphere through openings in the tail, while the centrally placed greenhouse balances the proportions, hinting at the car’s 50:50 front-to-back weight distribution and low center of gravity.


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“Don't bother looking for exhaust tips.”

Moving to the rear, we will likely find LED taillights set in a squared-off, short tail. A lower diffuser element terminates the flat undertray, while further carbon panels add the requisite sporty weave. An active spoiler in the rear will provide more downforce when needed, and retract into the body to make for a slipperier shape when it’s not. And oh yeah – don’t bother looking for exhaust tips.

While the Concept Two will initially be released as a hard-top coupe, we would expect the next Rimac to get a convertible version sooner or later, and possibly even some kind of 2+2 seating arrangement even further down the line. Maybe.

Interior

  • Only two passengers at first
  • Lots of customization opportunities
  • Carbon fiber and billet aluminum
  • Digital readouts in the console and gauge pod
  • High level of autonomous capability

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Note: Rimac Concept One pictured here.

“While still an incredible performer, the Rimac Concept Two will also be relatively plush, and it'll get the latest bits of upscale infotainment gear to keep the occupants adequately informed and entertained.”

While a 2+2 seating arrangement could be developed later in the Concept Two’s life cycle, the initial batch will definitely only accommodate two passengers maximum. That said, customizability will be high on the Rimac’s list of priorities, and it’ll offer oodles of high-end materials and unique color schemes to choose from. Alcantara and leather will cover much of the layout, while billet aluminum will be used for the switch gear, pedals, steering column levers, and more. Carbon fiber will also play a major role.

While still an incredible performer, the Rimac Concept Two will also be relatively plush, and it’ll get the latest bits of upscale infotainment gear to keep the occupants adequately informed and entertained. A large touchscreen in the center console will provide much of the inputs, while also providing detailed readouts on stuff like energy consumption, performance data, and the like. A digital gauge layout will be found behind the steering wheel for further critical info (road speed, etc.).

Finally, Rimac is saying the Concept Two will get highly advanced self-driving capability, and will even be able to pilot itself with zero input from the driver if desired. That’s a very desirable feature, especially lined up against the high-tech Tesla, and for those times when you just want to get there, it’s pretty much unbeatable. That said, it remains to be seen how the self-driving capability will play out against the backdrop of changing regional laws.

Drivetrain

  • 1,500 horsepower and 1,700 pound-feet of torque
  • 120-kWh battery
  • Four electric motors
  • Advanced torque vectoring
  • Low 2-second 0-to-60 mph time
  • Top speed of 230 mph
  • 300 miles of range

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Note: Rimac Concept One picture here.

“The four electric motors will not only provide the gobs of traction needed to lay down the mind-boggling output numbers, but should also help the heavy-hitter slice and dice thanks to advanced torque vectoring.”

The Rimac Concept One provides quite the baseline, making an incredible 1,072 ponies and 1,180 pound-feet of twist right out of the box. Besting numbers like that is no easy feat, but the Concept Two looks to once again hit the reset switch on what we think is possible from an electron-powered street car.

For starters, the Concept Two will once again employ four electric motors for motivation, mounting one per wheel for an electric AWD system. This will not only provide it with the gobs of traction needed to lay down the mind-boggling output numbers, but should also help the heavy-hitter slice and dice thanks to advanced torque vectoring.

Juicing the motors will be a more potent 120-kWh battery, which will be mounted low in the chassis, just below the driver and passenger. Stamp the long skinny pedal on the right, and the set-up will make well over 1,000 horsepower and 1,000 pound-feet of torque – we’re guessing around 1,500 horses and 1,700 pound-feet of torque is definitely in the realm of possibility. With all that extra go, the Concept Two should hit 60 mph in the low 2-second range, possibly even breaking into the 1-second realm, just like the Tesla Roadster 2.0 claims. Top speed will be around 230 mph.

Numbers like that beg belief, but that’s where we’re at these days.

The Concept Two should also provide over 300 miles of range, but that’s a number that is heavily dependent on conditions and driving style. Plus, who does their daily to-and-fro in a million-dollar EV, anyway?

Prices


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Considering the Concept One cost around $1 million,
it wouldn’t be surprising to see a seven-figure price tag attached to this next-generation vehicle as well. And while the Concept One was limited to eight units max, its success could prompt Rimac to produce much more of the Concept Two. We’re thinking upwards of 10 to 20 units total, especially if a new drop-top body style is in the cards.

Competition

Tesla Roadster 2.0


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The Roadster 2.0 is the new EV performance benchmark, and it isn’t even in production yet. But that’s how it goes when Tesla releases a new model – every move is analyzed and judged, even if its just some boasting in a pre-production debut. Either way, if Tesla can follow through on its promises, the Rimac Concept Two will have some serious competition on its hands. With a 1.9-second 0-to-60 mph time, a top speed of 250 mph, and a quarter mile time of 8.9 seconds, this thing can move (or at least that’s what Tesla is saying). Power will come from three electric motors and a 200-kWh battery, which the California automaker says can motivate the 2+2 Roadster a total of 620 miles between plug-ins. It’s also much cheaper than the Rimac, priced between $200,000 and $250,000. Of course, the Roadster 2.0 is still at least two or three years away, so Rimac might have a head start here.

Read our full review on the 2020 Tesla Roadster.

Nio EP9


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Next up on our list of outrageous EV sports machines is the Nio EP9. Hailing from China, the EP9 takes its inspiration from the ground-bound spaceships that compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans, rocking an aero-styled carbon fiber exterior and composite-shell interior. This thing looks and feels much more like a racer compared to the Tesla and Rimac, and its got the specs to match, producing a megawatt of power (1,341 horses, to be exact) and 1,092 pound-feet of torque. Its four electric motors are connected to four independent gearboxes, enabling it to hit 60 mph in 2.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 195 mph. While a bit slower in a straight line compared to the above two vehicles, this thing can handle with the best of ’em, even setting several track records, including blazingly quick times at the Nurburgring and Circuit of the Americas. Pricing is over seven figures at around $1.2 million.

Read our full review of the 2019 Nio EP9.

Conclusion


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We’re said it before, and we’ll say it again – we’re living in some strange, fast times. The EV revolution is gaining steam, and performance models like the Rimac Concept Two are adding some serious electron fuel to the fire. This latest salvo in the battery-powered speed war is a big one, and it looks to dominate the segment for several years to come. At least until something faster comes along.

We’re still waiting on the final details, so check back next week when the Rimac Concept Two debuts at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show.

  • Leave it
    • * Absurdly expensive
    • * Competition is ramping up

References

Rimac Concept One


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Read our full review on the 2017 Rimac Concept One.


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PostHeaderIcon Rimac Shows Its Second-Generation Hypercar In Short Teaser Video

Between destroying the conventional lineup of supercars in various acceleration tests and, uh, being destroyed by Richard Hammond in a fiery hill climb crash, the Rimac Concept One has garnered huge attention for itself over the past few years. Now, Rimac Autombili is once again gearing up for a flurry of attention, as the Croatian brand just dropped a new teaser for its second-gen ground-bound spaceship.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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First put into production in 2013, the Rimac Concept One is the brand’s very first offering. With production limited to just eight units total, each of which carries a price tag around the $1 million mark, these things are as rare and expensive as they are fast.

And man, are they fast. Thanks to a set of four high-powered electric motors, one per wheel, the Concept One manages to lay down an impressive 1,072 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to slingshot the two-door to 62 mph in just 2.6 seconds, 124 mph in 6.2 seconds, and 186 mph in 14.2 seconds. It’ll also top out at 221 mph.

As a reminder, the Concept One competes with the likes of the Nio EP9, as well as the Tesla Roadster 2.0 (or at least it will, once the Tesla finally makes it into full production status).

This thing is simply absurdly fast, and it looks good too, like some low-slung, ultra-wide, inter-dimensional planet-hopper. Indeed, we consider the Rimac Concept One to be a guiding light when it comes to our collective all-electric performance future. And that’s why we’re standing up and paying attention now that Rimac is teasing us with its second model.


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“Indeed, we consider the Rimac Concept One to be a guiding light when it comes to our collective all-electric performance future. And that's why we're standing up and paying attention now that Rimac is teasing us with its second model.”

The video is short, with just 22 seconds of footage to go off, and although the images are cast in shadows and broken up with a digital light show, it does give us a decent look at the general outline we should expect from the model.

For starters, there’s a swooping coupe roof line, with huge fenders front and back (but especially in front). The wheels are equally enormous, while the front deck is long and low, including a prominent vent element up top.

Towards the end, we also get a somewhat clear shot of the front fascia, which, compared to the first-generation model, looks to include a larger central intake set in black, reshaped headlights set at a more acute angle to the ground, and larger side intakes.

All told, we’re stoked to see what Rimac has in store for us. Luckily we won’t have to wait long to get more details, as the next-gen will drop this March at the Geneva Motor Show.


References

Rimac Concept One


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Read our full review on the 2017 Rimac Concept.

PostHeaderIcon Richard Hammond Kills the Lamborghini Aventador and Acura NSX with the Rimac One

The second season of The Grand Tour is now underway. If you didn’t get to watch the first episode, you missed one hell of a beatdown. Administering the walloping was none other than the Rimac Concept One. The recipients? The Lamborghini Aventador S and the Honda NSX. If you haven’t seen the video, here’s your chance to watch it and see just how inexplicably fast the Croation electric hypercar really is. But if you’re a fan of either the Aventador or the NSX, you might want to turn away now. It doesn’t end well for both supercars.

To be fair, this race wasn’t really much of a contest, to begin with. Even on paper, the Concept_One had all the important advantages. It has 1,224 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds before “settling” on a top speed of 220 mph. On the flip side, the Lamborghini Aventador S tops at just 730 horsepower and 508 pound-feet of torque. It’s nowhere near what the Concept_One is capable of, but it’s still quick enough to hit 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 217 mph. Then there’s the Honda NSX, which pumps out 573 horsepower and 476 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to cover 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds before peaking at a top speed of 190 mph.

In the context of the drag race, the important number to remember is the torque produced by these cars. Safe to say, it’s not even close. The Concept_One has double the amount of torque that the Aventador and NSX have. In fact, if you add the torque numbers of the two supercars, it still wouldn’t come close to approaching what the Concept_One’s four electric motors are capable of unleashing.


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The result of the drag race speaks for itself. Richard Hammond was behind the wheel of the Concept_One (we know how that turned out), and he simply blew past Jeremy Clarkson in the Aventador S and James May in the NSX. The collective look on their faces is priceless too. Hammond was at a loss for words and Clarkson was his typical flustered self. Then again, the Rimac Concept_One has that effect on a lot of people, car show presenters included.

References

Rimac Concept One


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Read our full review on the 2017 Rimac Concept One.

Lamborghini Aventador


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Read our full review on the 2018 Lamborghini Aventador S.

Acura NSX


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Read our full review on the 2017 Acura NSX.

PostHeaderIcon Rimac Teases New Hypercar; Calls it a “Game Changer”

Despite being limited to just eight units, the Rimac Concept_One electric supercar served notice to the industry. It has 1,224 horsepower on tap, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 220 mph. Those are numbers that electric supercar dreams are made of, but they may pale in comparison to what Rimac is planning to serve up next. We still don’t know anything about the automaker’s plans, but it does involve a new hypercar that will make its debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Is it really possible for Rimac to build off the success of the Concept_One with a better model? We’ll find out soon enough.


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The Rimac Concept_One put a lot of people on notice. Not only did it showcase Rimac as a legitimate creator of demented hypercars, it also proved that a small automaker can succeed in a competitive market if it pushes all the right buttons. In some ways, the limited quantity of the Concept_One actually helped create a greater mystique surrounding the car. It also sent Richard Hammond to the hospital, which isn’t a good thing, but it still helped the Concept_One make the rounds across many news outlets all over the world. It’s not the kind publicity that Rimac would’ve liked, but it’s publicity nonetheless.

The new Rimac hypercar is still shrouded in mystery. We know nothing about it except for a teaser the automaker released on Facebook. The teaser doesn’t reveal much, except for the car’s silhouette. You’ll have to have a vivid imagination to piece together bits and pieces of the car from the teaser, but it does seem to have a more conventional side profile compared to the Concept_One. The swooping body lines can be traced from how the lights fall on the car. The front end looks like it has a Viper while the rear end shows a large spoiler on the trunk.


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Rimac also didn’t announce power details about the new model. We can safely assume, though, that it will have more power than the Concept_One. Considering that the existing model already has 1,224 horsepower at its disposal, it’s anybody’s guess how Rimac can still improve on that number. We’ll get our answer this coming March so that’s going to be a three-month wait for a car that could make the potent Concept_One look like Bambi by comparison.

It should be noted too that Rimac’s new $36 million investment from Chinese company Camel Group could play a significant role in the development of this new electric hypercar. Camel Group is Asia’s largest battery manufacturer, so it’s not a coincidence that Rimac is now pushing for a more mainstream presence in the segment with Camel Group now in the fold.

References

Rimac Concept_One


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Read our full review on the 2017 Rimac Concept_One.

PostHeaderIcon Rimac’s Next EV to Dethrone the Tesla Roadster Before It Even Enters Production

Rimac Concept One at Top Marques Monaco

Rimac has recently told Autoguide that it’s been working on a new, next-gen supercar that is expected to debut at some point in 2018. According to Jens Sverdup of Auto Iconica – Rimac’s distribution arm here in the States – the EV has been in the works for a few years now. When you consider the fact that the Tesla Roadster isn’t heading to production until 2018, and that the new Rimac EV will likely be much more powerful than the Concept One, it’s quite possible Rimacs new EV could dethrone the outrageously powerful Roadster before it even enters production. Oh, and to top it off, Rimac is set to open five more retailers here in the States during 2018, which will – of course – carry both the Rimac Concept One and the upcoming Rimac Convertible that is yet to be named.

Further Thinking


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“If Rimac can successfully tackle the new Roadster’s specs, and can even push that EV into production faster, Musk could find himself with a Roadster nobody really wants to wait for.”

When Tesla debuted its extremely pre-production roadster, it’s pretty clear that Elon Musk was awaiting the typical buzz he gets from nearly everything he does. However, I doubt it crossed his mind that anyone else would be within striking distance considering the downright crazy specs associated with the new Roadster. After all, we’re talking about 60 mph in 1.9 seconds, 620-mile range, and a 250-mph top speed. And, let’s not forget about 10,000 nm, or 7,376 pound-feet, of torque either. That’s pretty damn hard to beat. Meanwhile, Rimac’s Concept One, which should prove to be a level down from the brand’s next EV, is positioned at 1,224 horsepower, 1,180 pound-feet, and can hit 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. If Rimac can successfully tackle the new Roadster’s specs, and can even push that EV into production faster, Musk could find himself with a Roadster nobody really wants to wait for.

What do you think? Will Rimac dethrone the Roadster before it even has a chance to take the throne? Is the upper end of the EV market becoming nothing more than a contest to see what rich kid has the longest dong? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

References

Rimac Concept One


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Read our full review on the 2011 Rimac Concept One.

Tesla Roadster


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Read our full review on the 2020 Tesla Roadster.

PostHeaderIcon Rimac Is Coming For Seconds With Infusion Of Investment Money

Of all the ambitious start-ups that promised machines of mayhem, few have actually been able to step up and keep up with the rest of business. One of those companies is Rimac, the creator of the Concept One electric supercar that made headlines recently when The Grand Tour presenter Richard Hammond crashed one in Switzerland. It was an ignominious end to one of only eight road-going Concept One models, but all’s not lost in the world of Rimac after the company announced a new $36 million investment that would allow it to finally expand its lineup beyond the vaunted Concept One.

The infusion of money came from Camel Group, a Shanghai-based company that’s regarded as the largest manufacturer of batteries in all of Asia. The specific details of the deal were not mentioned by either company, but the deal is termed as a subscription agreement, which essentially means that Rimac likely agreed to sell a certain number of shares to Camel Group in exchange for a specific amount ($36 million as it turns out) that the Chinese company has agreed to pay. Of that amount, Rimac is expected to gain a majority of the funds, but not all of it. Roughly $3.6 million of the amount will be sent over to Greyp electric bicycle company. As far as what Rimac plans to do with the new funds, no less than Mate Rimac, the founder of both Rimac and Greyp, made the company’s plans clear: build a new electric supercar to succeed the Concept One.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

I’m excited for this one


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You have to appreciate what Rimac has been able to do in the face of all the pressure that comes with building a car company from the ground up. A lot of companies have tried to follow the same blueprint and very few have been able to actually rise up to the occasion. Rimac has been able to do it, so it’s no surprise that there’s a lot of excitement surrounding this news.

“Rimac announced a new $36 million investment that would allow it to finally expand its lineup beyond the vaunted Concept One.”

The partnership with Camel Group is a smart one, especially if Rimac is able to leverage the Chinese battery maker’s expertise in its field and apply it into its next electric supercar. That seems to be the direction this partnership is going because Rimac founder and CEO Mate Rimac has already said that the follow-up car to the Concept One will be electric, so it’s going to use some kind of battery as part of its powertrain.


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Speaking of the yet-to-be-named machine, Rimac hasn’t said what kind of power it’s going to carry, but it did hint that it’s going to be more powerful than its predecessor. Remember, the Concept One already packs a whopping 1,073 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque, good enough to propel it from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds before peaking at a reported top speed of 221 mph. If the next model is going to be more powerful than the Concept One, we could be looking at an output that will reach at least 1,200 horsepower and 1,300 pound-feet of twist.

“The Concept One already packs a whopping 1,073 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque, good enough to propel it from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds”

I don’t know how Rimac will be able to do that, but I’m well past the point of being skeptical of what the company is capable of doing. The Concept One showed me as much, and if its other plan of introducing a more powerful version of the Concept One – called the Concept One S – ever comes to fruition, well then, consider me excited to see what the company can come up with now that it has the funds to make it happen.

References

Rimac Concept One


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Read our full review on the Rimac Concept One.


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Read more Rimac news.

PostHeaderIcon TopSpeed’s Top 5 All-Electric Performance Cars

Last week, we took a look at our top picks for the best five hybrid sports, listing off some truly awe-inspiring gas/electric combos that proved hybridization wasn’t something to be feared by the common auto enthusiast. But while adding a big battery pack and a few electric motors might seem like a pretty sizable modification to the traditional sports car formula, there’s an even-greater change lurking just over the horizon – the pure-electric powertrain. That’s right, gasoline need not apply in this crowd, and yet, the speed potential is still enough to melt your face. This is our list of the top five all-electric performance cars.

There are plenty of benefits that electric power offers over internal combustion, especially when it comes to the business of going fast. For starters, the torque curve for an electric motor is totally flat, with maximum twist created the instant you touch the long pedal to the right. There’s also zero power loss at high altitude, a characteristic that’s particularly useful at hill climb events like Pikes Peak. What’s more, with enough motors and a little electronic wizardry, you can get away with some pretty kick ass torque vectoring dynamics. Of course, it’s not all roses – for example, the all-electric appliance noise will never beat the sound of exploding dino juice. Regardless, all-electric performance is still quite impressive. Here are five examples that prove it.

Continue reading to learn more about TopSpeed’s Top 5 All-Electric Performance Cars.


PostHeaderIcon The FIA Wants Answers From Richard Hammond’s Car Crash

By now, you’ve probably heard that Richard Hammond was involved in a horrific crash over the weekend in Switzerland. From what’s been reported, Hammond was filming with the rest of his Grand Tour mates when he lost control of the Rimac Concept One, rolling it down a hill before landing on its roof. Hammond somehow escaped the wreckage on his own, before being helped off by Swiss paramedics. The electric supercar, however, didn’t fare quite as well as it ended up catching fire and burning to a crisp. The specific details behind the crash have yet to be revealed, which is probably why the FIA is stepping in to get some answers.

According to Motorsport, the governing body of motorsport racing is looking for answers from Auto Sport Schweiz on what caused the crash during the Hemberg Bergrennen event over the weekend. In a statement, the Swiss federation said that the FIA “has been forced to demand an opinion” from the Federation regarding the circumstances that happened before the crash and what led Hammond to losing control of the Concept One. Auto Sport Schweiz added that disciplinary proceedings could be handed down if it determines from its own investigation that certain parties failed to adhere to the safety standards put in place during the event. Obviously, there’s a lot more to this story than what’s been revealed, so while Hammond is fortunate to have survived the accident, some heads could still roll in the coming days.

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PostHeaderIcon Richard Hammond Recovering From Surgery After Surviving Fiery Crash

Richard Hammond is lucky to be alive after losing control and rolling a Rimac Concept One while filming the second season of The Grand Tour on Sunday in Switzerland. He was able to escape the exotic car, despite it landing on its roof, just before the rare electric supercar burst into flames. His left knee wasn’t so fortunate, however, with it sustaining serious bone fractures. Hammond was airlifted by Swiss emergency services to a nearby hospital where doctors are preparing for surgery. Hammond seems in good spirits in a short video update shot for Drive Tribe, Hammond, Clarkson, and May’s website. “Yes, it’s true,” Hammond says in the video. “I’ve binned it. Again.” Holding his X-ray, he says doctors are preparing to turn his knee into a “Swiss Army Knee.”

This isn’t the first time The Hamster has “binned” a vehicle while filming. In 2006 while shooting for Top Gear, Hammond suffered a brain injury when he lost control of a rocket-powered dragster. A speedy recovery allowed him to return to filming a few months later alongside Clarkson and James May. Thankfully, Hammond’s knee injury is far less life-threatening, and will hopefully require even less time to recover. We’ll bring you more news as it develops.

Continue reading for Clarkson and May’s accounts of the crash.


PostHeaderIcon Rimac's Follow-Up To the Concept_One Is Going To Blow Your Mind

So, did you guys fall in love with the Rimac Concept_One electric supercar? Well, if you did, you better fasten those seatbelts because the Croation automaker is planning to make a follow-up to the 1,088-horsepower supercar. No less than Rimac Automobili’s COO Monika Mikac confirmed the news to CarBuzz, saying that the company plans to develop “a new car in the future, also in the luxury segment—really exclusive and even more high-performance than the Concept One.

Mikac added that the new model will be super limited with the expected allocation being “around 20 units per year.”

No details were mentioned regarding the follow-up to the Concept_One, but considering what the current electric supercar is already capable of, it should be easy to anticipate a faster and more powerful version than the company’s incumbent performance machine. Remember, in addition to producing 1,088 horsepower on electric power alone, the Concept_One also boasts torque figures in the neighborhood of 1,180 pound-feet. Together, those numbers help the Concept_One sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 2.6 seconds to go with a top speed of 221 mph.

If there’s truth to Mikac’s comments, we can expect the follow-up model to eclipse those numbers. It will likely cost more than the $1.2 million Rimac was asking per unit of the eight-piece Concept_One and the $1.6 million price tag of the $1.6 million Concept_One S. We’ll let your imaginations take it from here.

In the meantime, deliveries of the $1.6 million Concept_One are expected to begin in March with more owners getting theirs shortly thereafter. According to Mikac, most of the available Concept_One supercars are already pre-sold and that the first car is already expected to make its way to its American owner in the coming days.

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PostHeaderIcon This Little-Known Electric Hypercar Just Beat The Ferrari LaFerrari In A Quarter-Mile Sprint: Video

The Ferrari LaFerrari may be considered one of the top hybrid hypercars in the market today, but even Ferrari’s current 963-horsepower crown jewel is not immune to getting humbled once in awhile. The latest to put the LaFerrari in its place is the Rimac Concept One, a Czech electric supercar that packs an astonishing 1,072 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque from no less than four electric motors, each with its own gearbox.

Recently, the folks from Archie Hamilton Racing lined up the Concept One hypercar against the LaFerrari and the Tesla Model S to see how it would fair against the two models, first in a torque-filled launch off the block and then in a sprint to a quarter-mile. The Model S with Ludicrous Mode went first and it just wasn’t much of a contest as the Concept One quickly left it in behind. As awesome as the Tesla S, it’s just not on the same performance level as the Concept One, and that’s already taking into account the Tesla’s 0-to-60-mph time of 2.8 seconds.

Then it was the LaFerrari’s turn, in which case the result turned out to be the same. The Ferrari put up a better fight than the Tesla, but ultimately, the Concept One pulled away comfortably, validating the Czech electric hypercar 0-to-60-mph time of 2.6 seconds and 221-mph top speed.

Some people may still not be familiar with the Rimac Concept One and that’s understandable. But let this video be your introduction to this new road terror coming out of the Czech Republic.


PostHeaderIcon Production Rimac Concept One Headed to Geneva

Production Rimac Concept One-0

It feels like ages since Rimac Automobili first announced their innovative all-electric hypercar, the Rimac Concept One. Now though, the concept has completed the transition to reality and the final production version will make its debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

The Rimac Concept One you’ll be able to buy soon is pretty much identical to the popular concept version. The car has the presence of a full-blooded hyper car, but a sophisticated one, and the powertrain is still as mind-bogglingly powerful.

The setup is familiar and rather simple. You get four permanent magnet electric motors, one for each wheel, located in the centre of both axles. This results in a perfect weight distribution and extremely low centre of gravity, which is handy when you have 1,088 horsepower and 1,600 Nm of torque to play with. In order to contain that massive oomph, Rimac Concept One benefits from a super clever Rimac All Wheel Torque Vectoring (R-AWTV) system which precisely calculates the optimum torque for each wheel.

Performance-wise, the Concept One sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2,6 seconds and, to 200 km/h in 6,2 and to 300 km/h in 14,2 seconds. As for the range, the juice is provided by a battery pack designed to deliver 1000 kW or 1MW of power during acceleration and to absorb 400 kW during braking (carbon ceramic discs). While Rimac does not give a number in terms of miles or kilometers, they say the pack “holds sufficient energy for an acceptable range.”

It is not just the technology and performance where Rimac Concept One blows you away with its super specifications. The car is also a super deluxe posemobile with a luxury interior and cool features such as a drift mode and 4G internet. Sadly they are only making 8 Concept Ones which means it’s going to be bloody expensive – definitely more than the $980K they proposed years ago.

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PostHeaderIcon Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One Delivers One Megawatt At Dyno: Video

The horsepower wars have yielded some pretty outrageous things over the years, with the latest breed of cutting-edge, go-fast machinery sporting specs and figures more in line with spacecraft or aircraft than ground-bound vehicles with four wheels. Even when running off batteries alone, the technology in play these days can be positively awe-inspiring. Case in point: the 2015 Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One, seen here laying down some extreme power on the dyno.

The video kicks off with quick shots of the car coming together at the hands of Rimac Automobili’s team of engineers, before the whole thing is strapped down for a blast on the rollers. Following this, you’ll see the E-Runner squat and go, while a shrill, hyper-powered turbine whine crescendos with the increasing wheel speed. You almost half expect to see the thing jump into hyperspace.

The result? One megawatt of output, or roughly 1,340 horsepower.

Not bad for a blender. The E-Runner is slated to appear at the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb later this month, where it will compete under the Electric Class category for the famous Race to the Clouds.

Behind the wheel will be Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima, an iconic driver in the motorsport world who also owns Monster Sport, the shop that built the E-Runner in conjunction with Rimac Automobili.

With about twice the output of last year’s car and a slew of new technology, the new E-Runner is expected to demolish last year’s time of 9 minutes, 43.09 seconds (the current Electric Class benchmark is 9 minutes, 8.188 seconds, as set last year by Greg Tracy in the 2014 Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III). And with no power loss due to the high altitude, expect the mega-EV to be mighty competitive with the dino-juice burners as well.

Look for the E-Runner to make its appearance in Colorado on June 28th.


PostHeaderIcon Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One

Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima, arguably one of the quickest drivers the world has seen, is returning to the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with the Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One. Developed and built by Nobuhiro’s own shop, Monster Sport, in cooperation with Rimac Automobili, a Croatian manufacturer known for the Concept One electric supercar, the E-Runner Concept_One is set to become the most powerful EVs to race at Pikes Peak.

The project brings together not only “Monster” Tajima’s storied experience with the “Race to the Clouds,” but also Rimac’s state-of-the-art drivetrain technology, including its All Wheel Torque Vectoring System and small and light, but still efficient battery pack. Their goal is quite ambitious: to break the previous track record for electric vehicles.

“We are quite confident that Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One will break previous year’s record. He is a great driver with tons of experience. With the support of our best engineers and technicians, our technology, powertrain, battery-system and Torque Vectoring, he will be able to push the boundaries of electric race cars to a whole new level,” said Rimac founder Mate Rimac.

The 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is scheduled to take place on June 28th. Until then, let’s have a closer look at the E-Runner Concept_One.

Continue reading to learn more about the Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One.

Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 2 June 2015 14:00 EST.

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