When the sheet is lifted from the Rimac Automobili Concept One electric hypercar on September 13th at the Frankfurt Motor ShowHall 4.0, Stand A43 at 3:00 pm, in case you plan on attending – we hope the Croatian company has some heated neck pads on hand. There may be a few cases of whiplash that need treating.

No, they won't be offering the assembled journos a sub-three-second ride to 60 miles per hour in the Messe. Rather, we suspect the injuries to occur from sudden head turning and double takes. It's not every day you come face to fascia with a battery-powered supercar that makes 1088 horsepower and 2800 pound-feet of instantaneous torque that can take you up to 190 miles per hour before the computer steps in to bring you to your senses. Especially not one that's produced in a country with no automotive industry. Besides all that, if these teaser photos we got our little grubbies on are any indication, it's a stunner.

Check out the gallery and let us know if you think the looks will match up with its performance promise.


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      Nick Allain
      • 3 Years Ago
      In Croatia, a comma is a decimal. That's 1.088 hp to you. In all seriousness though, I wish these guys well - I just can't imagine this thing having a range of much more than a football field with those kind of power numbers - not without a small nuke under the hood.
        Domenick
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick Allain
        It has a 92 kWh worth of battery. The Tesla Roadster has an EPA-rated range of 245 miles (175-225 miles in more typical usage) with a 53 kWh battery. Range should be comfortably over 300 miles.
          NissanGTR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Domenick
          Not with 1k hp.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Domenick
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          Mike B
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Domenick
          Which will drop like crazy every time you put the medal to the medal.
          krisztiant
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Domenick
          Actually, it has a truly unbelievable range of 373 miles (600 km). http://www.inautonews.com/video-rimac-automobili-concept-one-1074-bhp-ev-revealed-ahead-of-frankfurt
        Tom Vujnovic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick Allain
        I know guys working on this project and they said it can do ~300 km with one charging (and it will autocharge when breaking, so You can add 100 km in most ocasions. But be aware that this is not family car. It's mean speed machine. You wouldnt argue about Ferari consumption? would You. :D
      Daniel Wiseman
      • 3 Years Ago
      shenanigans. 1088hp is 811648 watts. Assuming it is a 300vdc system (typical) that's 2705.5 amps,. Assuming it is using the best available lithium ion batteries that produce 350 watt/kilogram, it would require 2319 kilograms (just over 5100 pounds) of batteries to produce it. This car is nonsense, and these numbers are impossible. It's to drum up attention.
        dorporo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Daniel Wiseman
        dear Daniel check the rimac work (see google rimac bmw) you'll see after Frankfurt what's going on. see yah
        Vladimir Lesnjakovic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Daniel Wiseman
        It is not 300vdc system and it is not li-ion battery. Tesla took Lotus Elise and put a bunch of li-ion batteries from notebook computers, proclaimed that as a high-tech and started selling a car to the Hollywood people. This is something different and IF this car ever reaches production (and if is really big if) it will be something really sepcial. Fingers crossed for theese guys then...
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      This sounds like a paper supercar like the Ford GT90.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        The GT90 was actually built, though. This is going to be a production car. It's supposed to set the record as the fastest and most powerful production EV.
      Danaon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, 1088 horsepower... oh, it's electric. Don't care, have fun with your train motors or whatever.
        sudo_do
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Danaon
        Right you are sir. The horseless carriage will never replace the horse
      • 3 Years Ago
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        ed
        • 3 Years Ago
        There's a time and place for you creeps, and it's called Autoblog Green.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Uh no one posted ANY weight and aero figures, so where did you come up with your conclusion? And seriously, why are you on Autoblog is you don't like us petrol heads?
          krisztiant
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Actually, there are some figures posted (e.g. New York Times etc.), such as weight 3630 lbs (1646 kg), range 366-373 miles (~600 km), but yes, no one posted any aero figures yet. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/07/rimac-an-e-v-dark-horse-heads-to-frankfurt/ http://www.inautonews.com/video-rimac-automobili-concept-one-1074-bhp-ev-revealed-ahead-of-frankfurt
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
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        sparrk
        • 3 Years Ago
        it's a shame it doesn't have enough juice to complete one Ring lap.
      csgill75
      • 3 Years Ago
      While this is cool i could care less how fast a electric car goes. For me to get on board with pure electric power i need something that I can actually use. My needs are a vehicle that can transport up-to 6 people at highway speeds say 65-75mph for up to 150-160 miles round trip while towing on the neighborhood of 4500-5000 lbs. It also needs to charge a heck of allot faster than 4 hrs. I could live with a 2 hr charge rate. This is what I would require of a Electric vehicle. and i just don't see it. (Yes i do this now on a bi-weekly basis with my Expedition and have been for several years). No need to make fast electric cars when we can make them more utilitarian
        dreadcthulhu01
        • 3 Years Ago
        @csgill75
        To be fair, your requirements are far beyond what most people need out of their cars, and most gasoline cars can't meet your requirements either. It will be quite a while before any pure electric can meet your needs (though a plug-in hybrid that could wouldn't be that hard to do, just pricey). Electrics can meet plenty of people's commuting needs now, and you should encourage other people to switch, as that leaves more gas for you. And plenty of people are working more practical electrics. The Nissan Leaf is usable for people with consistent commutes as a second car, or only car for those city types that might not have owned a car at all before hand, though even with the federal tax credit it will take quite a while to pay itself back compared to a ordinary hatch. The upcoming Tesla Model S will be able to carry 7 people (granted the flip-up third row is best suited for children) with a fair bit of gusto, and will cost about the same as the BMW 5-series or Mercedes E-class machines that are the closes gasoline competitors. And while this car isn't practical, neither is a Veyron, or anything Lamborghini or Ferrari makes, yet I think the world is a better place for having such vehicles. And to go off on a ridiculous tangent, with 2800 ft-lb of torque, this vehicle wouldn't have any problem towing 5000 pounds, if you can attach a trailer hitch securely enough to the body. And with a 92 kw-hr battery, towing that for 150 miles might actually be doable. Of course, you wouldn't be able to carry six adults while doing so, but that could solved with four lawn chairs and a large amount of duct tape.
          csgill75
          • 3 Years Ago
          @dreadcthulhu01
          There would be a huge market I think for a Electric vehicle that can do what i want in a EV. it would give people a option when they are shopping for a SUV. Sure a minivan can do for hauling people but there still is a need for a vehicle that can haul a family and pull a trailer. 4WD would be great too and probably very easy to do. My ideal EV doesn't need 2800ft-lb torque but probably could do with 500-600ft-lb and 300-400 hp. About 50-60% of the vehicles on the road i see are Suburbans, Tahoes, Big Lexus SUV's Escalades and Expeditions. These vehicles also get the worst MPG, (i get 19mpg with no load 10mpg with a load). I could use a hybrid but they really only get a few MPG more than what the non hybrid version gets and doesn't make financial sense to spend several thousand more for 3-5 more MPG. Weight wouldn't be a bad thing really in this type of vehicle and actually may help in certain instances (more traction on slippery surfaces going uphill on like a boat ramp like what i use mine for :) ). So take a SUV chassis, strip the ICE components, a big battery and a electric motor on each wheel and develop a battery that can charge quickly!!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      dorporo
      • 3 Years Ago
      hello world.... where are your comments now ? (after frankfurt)
      Lohmann
      • 3 Years Ago
      As James May would be keen to point out, there is an automotive industry in Romania, as Dacia is from that country.
        Catalin Bridinel
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Lohmann
        That's true but this car is from Croatia, it says that very clearly in the article. Maybe you need a map of Europe?
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Lohmann
        mmmm, Sandero....
          Jon Carlin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @KaiserWilhelm
          I dunno why but Canyonero popped into my head when I read that.
        Tom Vujnovic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Lohmann
        Romania and Croatia are not same countries. Before making a comment at least visit google maps. This car is from Croatia.
      Gordon Chen
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Especially not one that's produced in a country with no automotive industry" yea it does...croatia was once part of yugoslavia, which has made some pretty famous cars
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gordon Chen
        The keywords "was" and "made" should point out that they don't make car's anymore.
      Matt Brown
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks like that pedal tray was sourced from the Croatian Formula SAE team.
      Andy Drake
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm trying to wrap my mind around that torque number. That has to be one insane ride.
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