As you can see from our coverage, there's been plenty to see and report from the halls of the Frankfurt Messe at the first major auto show of the post-summer season. But while most vehicles were displayed prominently under the bright lights in the big rooms, tucked away at the back of a supplier hall sat one of the most intriguing debuts of the show.

Its modest location isn't all that's unusual about the Rimac Concept One. And when we say "unusual," we mean "all kinds of awesome." From its headquarters in Croatia (of all places), the electric propulsion upstart has crafted quite the stunning show car.

Rimac One InteriorIts drivetrain is localized at each corner, with four individual motors teamed up with their own inverter and gearbox for each wheel. The package reminds us of elements from the Devon GTX, Jaguar C-X75 and Koenigsegg – good places to start, all – but without looking derivative as independently made supercars often do. And while many concept cars pay little attention to the interior, this is another area in which the Rimac doesn't disappoint.

The cabin was styled by a team of former Pininfarina designers, and then outfitted by Vilner. The Bulgarian leather crafters regularly trim out some of the most stunning interiors this side of the QE2, but have outdone even themselves with this latest project. But don't take our word for it. Have a look for yourself in our gallery of live shots from the show floor, the second gallery of stock images and the brief press release after the jump. You won't regret it.
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Rimac selected Vilner for the final touches of Concept One interior

FRANKFURT, September 13th, 2011. – Rimac Automobili is unveiling the world's first electric supercar - the Concept_One. The Concept_One is anexceptional supercar with a new propulsion system.

Rimac Automobili developed an unique powertrain which is divided into four sub-systems, each consisting of one motor, inverter and reduction gearbox. Each of those systems drives one wheel, completely independent one from the other. It's called All Wheel Torqure Vectoring and allowes a new approach to vehicle dynamics. Mate Rimac, CEO of Rimac Automobili says: „I believe that the electric motor is a much better machine compared to the ICE, in almost all aspects, especially for a sportscar."

The exterior design is signed by Adriano Mudri: „Exploring the labyrinth of creativity, soon it was obvious thedesign had to be simple and clear with a lot of sporty elegance to easily catch up with its competitors in this power & exclusivity class."The interior is designed by a team of former Pininfarina employees, led by Mr. Goran Popović. After the Rimac Automobili Engineering team finished the development and prototyping of the interior parts, the company entrusted the vision of the Bulgarian custom studio Vilner for the elaboration of the interior, color combination and for the leather design accent.. The result is a high-techsupercar interior which can be appealing and pleasant to interact with at the same time.

RimacAutomobili is young company that develops and produces high performance electric vehicles, drive trains and battery systems. "Our first car evolved in a short period into a project that didn't give an end result but a beginning of great new story, of the first world electric hyper car – The Concept(One)" Mate Rimac describes their beginnings. 20 great engineers and designers settled in Croatia near Zagreb are making something new and revolutionary.


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      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks amazing, but with these figures i only believe it when i see it. if it only comes close it's a massive achivement...bring it on.
      AlanC
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its very nice, but I think its important to know a little bit of history here. Mate Rimac's father is a criminal who was involved in several high profile frauds in Croatia. He lived in Germany until 2001, when he came back to Croatia. At that time it was very good time in Croatia to conduct frauds and scams, especially if you were connected to people from the government, which Rimac family was. They were connected directly to ministry of finance. So, in 10 short years they managed to accumulate wealth of tens of millons of euros. With that kind of cash on hand, many people could be able to buy components, pay experts, and "build" or "invent" a electric car, like Mate did.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AlanC
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      electric.car
      • 3 Years Ago
      that car is fake ... see the position of driver pedals ... the position of pedals are near the front axle ... where he thought to put the front el. motors ???
        Jakov Bit Mandić
        • 3 Years Ago
        @electric.car
        considering it's a supercar, maybe at the back?
          electric.car
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jakov Bit Mandić
          see and compare: http://www.rimac-automobili.com/upload/tbl_clanci/battery_06_164027.jpg http://www.vidiauto.com/uploads/novosti/201109/20110913201117Rimac_Concept_One_(16).JPG sorry, but it's a fake
      krisztiant
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Rimac Concept One is something like the Audi R8 E-Tron and Mercedes SLS AMG E-Cell should be (at least sensibly closer to this). Hope they will take notice and "shamelessly steal" some ideas.
      mrbrian2334
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very cool. I like the little touch of the embroidered logo having a gray stripe like the exterior of the car.
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      Jok Bok
      • 3 Years Ago
      All technologies within this car were checked out in his BMW e-M3. It has one 600 Hp engine, and v8 cars bite the dust behind him, Every detail Jakov Mandić mentioned is aproved by FIA and this car is not just a conceptual fantasy car, but real to the smallest part. Take some time to watch little BMW on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_e2MaUiMno&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flpgfwkTmd8&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BV1FCMGgps&feature=related
      Lada F1 team
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow. looks hot!
      Dump
      • 3 Years Ago
      The drivetrain seems to be a different take on what M-B did with their concept. The concept is nice, but could easily be a future-gen Ford GT concept.
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