When the Concept_One electric supercar from Rimac Automobili first went on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show, there were those who assumed that it was more of a pedestal princess than an actual operational vehicle. They were proven wrong when footage emerged of it moving stealthily about the vicinity of the company's Croatian headquarters.

Then, the charge became that it wasn't capable of the high performance that was being touted. Consider that accusation confronted in fine rubber-burning fashion. Rimac is putting together a video that features the car flaunting its fantastic stuff, and has released a few excerpts from that film that will both excite the faithful and quiet the cynics.

This latest footage, however impressive, isn't meant to imply that all its development work has been completed. Indeed, the man behind the machine, Mate Rimac, tells AutoblogGreen that its 0-60 acceleration is still "only" around 3 seconds, with the torque vectoring and traction control systems still in need of tweaking. He also reminds us that this is just a prototype. The production version will be different. And by "different", we assume he means the final product will get even more awesome sauce.

The clip opens with a slow pan of the Concept_One's new custom HRE wheels and Vredestein tires, then, after a few measured glimpses of other portions of its sexy real estate, wistful slide guitar gives way to a drumbeat that underlays the beautiful wail of that aforementioned rubber being tortured through a series of accelerations and opposite-lock flinging about.

The $980,000 superlative is scheduled to make an on-track appearance at 24 hours of LeMans, as well as being displayed at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. There are also credible rumors of it becoming intimately acquainted with the Nürburgring. While you'll have to wait a bit before being able to see it perform in those venues, you can watch it get fast and furious now by simply scrolling down.



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      Timo
      • 2 Years Ago
      It might be that you can't get under 3 s time using normal tires in car that heavy, there just isn't enough traction. It should however go to 120mph in about 6 secs (assuming there is any downforce) which should impress people quite a lot more :-)
      Ford Future
      • 2 Years Ago
      OMG. The fuel saving are going to pay for monthly tires.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 2 Years Ago
      as I told Rimac, it's all about humiliating the existing ICE brands. quarter mile is an obvious venue. it's like prison rules, you find the biggest guy and knock him down : )
        Nick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Dan has a good point; sometimes one needs to be shocked to be impressed. This car is (from the looks of it) very impressive.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        I know that I am not supposed to feed the trolls, but focusing on your competition is the death of innovation. Focus on what your market wants, on how technology can help you give that market more value for less cost and on developing a supply chain, manufacturing / assembly base and distribution chain to deliver to your market. "Steer by the light of the stars, not by the lights of passing ships." I am surprised that the established exotic automakers aren't rushing into this space, but, Clayton Christensen can read you a list of once great incumbant enterprises that failed to innovate and fell to more innovative enterprises.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 2 Years Ago
          then please stop eating
          Greg Y
          • 2 Years Ago
          And then there are cars and car companies that did very well by finding the biggest guy on the block and knocking his teeth out. Shelby, the Cobra and the GT-40 all come to mind and a gentleman named Enzo Ferrari. Ate crow off of the fork of Carroll Shelby, and it made both Ford and Ferrari better in the long run.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          Good job, you managed to say something negative about a car that bests a top of the line Lamborghini in speed and price.. Must have been hard to get that out..
      BipDBo
      • 2 Years Ago
      The music is almost as epic as the car.
      goodoldgorr
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car cannot complete a fast lap of the nurburgring or the lemans track for 2 reasons, first battery will deplete before the end as these are long tracks and there is no downforce wings on this car and at the speed that is reached on these track then it will be unstable and dangeurous. This car is meant to hypermilling it for 50-60 miles on regular roads and if you race it then maybe the quarter mile is possible and after you hypermile it to the pit for a recharge after 1/4 mile of racing.
        Nick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Congrats for one of your very first (somewhat) coherent posting!
          JP
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nick
          What was coherent about it? He's completely wrong about everything.
          Ford Future
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nick
          Coherent but wrong, it's still progress.
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hell yes. The first all electric car that makes me want to say, "Shut Up and Take My Money!"... if only I had the $980k to afford one. :(
        Ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        Just watched the video that Rimac has posted of that green M3. Another shut up and take my money car right there. Looks like a hell of a lot of fun. Why can't this guy be in America? :(
      Edge
      • 2 Years Ago
      That last video was boring, and looked unprofessional. This is much better, even though, its's more like a teaser than anything.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sorry mr. Musk, but this car makes your roadster look like a toy :D
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        I want to disagree, but I think it was Harley Earl that said something like, 'good looking sheet metal doesnt cost any more than ugly sheet metal.'. Obviously I am way off, but the basic meaning....
        Timo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Roadster is a sport car for relatively wealthy people. This is genuine supercar for really really rich. Different markets. I do understand the looks comparison though, all lotus-derived designs look like toys IMO (maybe with exception of Evora) . This is gorgeous compared to just about anything, definitely better looking than Roadster.
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        $125K for the roadster vs. $980K for this concept car is not a comaprison. I bet the Tesla Roadster Mk 2 will actually beat this cars numbers when it comes out. Or at least come close for 1/5th to 1/10th the price. It's definitely a cool looking supercar.
        skierpage
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        I saw a gorgeous Tesla Roadster 2.5 in coppery-red in my neighborhood. The Roadster is a toy, a beautiful-looking, well-built (the carbon fiber body panels on this one were flawless) electric sports car. Four years after production began, there's no EV you can buy that equals its range or 0-60 performance, and the European electric GTs (Audi e-tron, SLS E-Cell) that have yet to enter production won't. It's great that Rimac is pushing the EV envelope, but the $980,000 price to do so only emphasizes how excellent the Roadster was, and is.
        JP
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Different market segments, though I understand the attempt at comparison.
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