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By Ketan Patel

Rimac Concept One 2012 Review

In case you reside in the UK, you're car enthusiast (and I bet you are), and you have easy ways to get to London this autumn then make sure you visit the Salon Prive auto show held from September 5th through 7th. One of the most interesting attendants there will be the Rimac Concept One, a very expensive EV supercar made by a starting Croatian carmaker with a 24 year-old CEO in the lead.

Unfortunately there is not much to tell about the Concept at this point in time, or at least not as much as we would like but judging by what we've learned so far this is poised to be one interesting supercar.

First of all, its powertrain is quite innovative. The Rimac is powered by a 92 kWh battery that makes sure to keep all four electric engines up and running. Did I mention it has four engines? Yes, it has and each and one of them are independently powering one wheel. Rimac engineers are calling this an All-Wheel Torque Vectoring system and if we're to believe the numbers, it really pays off. The system is able to accelerate and decelerate the independent wheels hundreds of times per second and the results are quite impressive, with a top speed of 205 km/h and the ability to go from 0 to 96 km/h in just 2.8 seconds.

The All-Wheel Torque Vectoring system is not the only ace up Rimac's sleeve because these performance figures are mainly achieved with the help of the four electric engines mentioned above. When put together, the total output is in Bugatti Veyron's territory with 1,088 horsepower and a jaw-dropping2,800 lb-ft of torque.Considering the fact that the Concept One weights 1,850 kg and has a range of 373 miles, the final results are very interesting.

In terms of aesthetics you might imagine that this new contender in the supercar segment is not something to write home about, but you'd be wrong. As far as looks go the Conceptdoes not let down and delivers a sporty but clean, luxurious and mature look. Judging by the pictures we've seen so far the interior is also quite generous offering leather upholstery and a big touchscreen fitted in the middle of the center console.

It all sounds great to be honest, so let's take a final look and talk about pricing and availability. The Rimac Concept One will be built as a limited edition EV supercar -obviously- and only 88 units will be made. To be honest that's quite a lot of them considering the fact that this is a really bold move from a new company. Pricing however is as jaw-dropping as the amount of torque delivered by the Concept. It costs $1 million and just as a fun-fact, that's the equivalent of three Lamborghini Aventador LP-700-4 2011.

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London, 18 July 2012 – The Rimac Concept_One electric hyper car will make its debut at this year’s Salon Privé, the UK’s most prestigious Supercar Event and Chubb Insurance Concours d'Elégance – held on the 5th to 7th September at London’s Syon Park.

Only 88 examples of the sensational Rimac Concept_One will be produced and each will cost $1 million. The team behind the Rimac Concept_One includes designers who used to work for the fabled Italian styling house Pininfarina and top Bulgarian leatherworkers from Vilner, among others.

This unique new electric hyper car has the capability of producing the astronomical equivalent of 1,088 bhp due to its 92-kWh battery, which powers four sets of electric motors, placed at each wheel. All four systems can operate independently and accelerate and decelerate hundreds of times per second. Rimac labels this as All-Wheel Torque Vectoring (AWTV).

The Concept_One’s performance is shattering with 0-60 mph in just 2.8 seconds. It also has the ability to reach a top speed of 190 mph and a range of 373 miles.  The kerb weight is 1850 kg.

24-year-old Croatian Rimac Automobili CEO, Mate Rimac, said: ‘We started with a blank sheet of paper. The idea was to create an exceptional supercar with a new propulsion concept. What we have here is a fully-fledged hypercar that is as powerful as a Bugatti, as stylish as a Ferrari, and as luxurious as a Mercedes, all while managing to forsake even the tiniest sip of gasoline.’

David Bagley, Sales Director of Salon Privé said: ‘We are extremely pleased that the Rimac Concept_One will be making its UK debut at Salon Privé this year. This EV supercar is a true representation of innovation in the electric sector, and Salon Privé provides the ideal showcase for the car to be exposed to the UK market for the first time.’

The car will be available for viewing for the first time in the UK at Salon Privé in September. Now in its seventh consecutive year, Salon Privé is firmly established as the UK's most prestigious Supercar Event & Concours d'Elégance as well as a calendar highlight amongst enthusiasts, collectors and buyers of modern and classic super cars.


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