• Sep 8th 2012 at 4:13PM
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The Salon Privé is England's most exclusive automobile show, and with its exotic looks, hypercar performance and posh price tag, the Rimac Automobili Concept_One is fitting in quite nicely. And while the upper class crowd in attendance might be able gaze upon it and imagine the all-electric, all-wheel-drive Croatian super steed in their stable, what they will actually receive if they write out a check will be somewhat different. It will be, in a word, better.

In addition to a different name – the moniker Concept_One would, after all, be incongruous on a production vehicle – the exterior styling of the customer version will receive an evolutionary finessing. But that's only the beginning. Starting with a heavily restyled interior, practically everything else will be altered.

With an eye to decreasing weight and increasing performance, we can expect the 2014 machine to feature a new, lighter chassis to accommodate an improved drivetrain. Although battery capacity should remain in the 92-kWh neighborhood, it has also been updated. So has the suspension.

The end product will be larger in practically every dimension – wider, longer, taller – yet, is expected to exceed the original 305 km/h (190 mile per hour) target and, possibly, its 2.8-second 0 to 60. No doubt, handling will also benefit.

As anxious as we are to see the Concept_One's replacement though, the original still has some things yet to show us and we look forward to sharing some surprises in the near future. In the meantime, scroll down for video from CNN featuring the car in action, along with the official press release.


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EXCLUSIVE UK DEBUT OF THE RIMAC CONCEPT_ONE ELECTRIC HYPER CAR

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

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 1900 kg.
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 which used to work for the fabled Italian styling house Pininfarina and top Bulgarian leatherworkers from Vilner, among others.

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 and as luxurious as a Bentley, 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 electrical motor industry. Salon Privé is the ideal automobile event for the car to be exposed to the UK market.'

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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      Ford Future
      • 3 Years Ago
      The CNN server isn't downloading for me. But, this is available: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsB-AK7qqP0
      tudjman2
      • 3 Years Ago
      Electrical engineering is a field in which Croatia has the most potential. Nikola Tesla was born in Croatia.....Tesla Motors was named after him. When the " Concept One" is ready for showtime you will get your demonstration.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tudjman2
        Dude, this doesn't make any sense.
      Mike J
      • 3 Years Ago
      The logo reminds me of Telsa. I smell a lawsuit,
      tudjman2
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rimac Automobili is at least 5 years ahead of Telsa Motors in terms of technology and know how. I think Nikola Tesla's family should sue Tesla Motors if they don't have a licensing agreement with them. You can find the Tesla family in Croatia :)
        Giza Plateau
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tudjman2
        tudjman2, Let's wait until they have delivered a single car before we declare them ahead of Tesla Motors
          tudjman2
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          Tesla's plan to become the world's first mass producer of automobiles will fail. The world isn't ready for mass production of electric vehicles....the infrastructure is not there yet for charging stations, etc....What is going to happen to Telsa Motors once all major automakers introduce electric models (which is happening as we speak)? Rimac Automobili has created a fully electric super car from scratch to compete with Bugatti, etc...Telsa Motors is not their competition. The Rimac "Concept One" is in a league of it's own.... I saw a Tesla Model S yesterday for the first time.....it's a nice car for sure....nice styling, etc, etc....I am afraid once electric cars begin to be mass produced by far more established automakers...Tesla's plan of mass production will backfire..... Currently only a fraction of the Tesla Factory is in operation for mass production...the demand just isn't there yet and by the time it is, there will be too much competition from BMW, Mercedes, Audi, VW, Porsche, Honda, Ford, Chevrolet, etc.... It is a far more profitable for a startup company to make high performance limited production electric super cars with Bugatti like specifications than to try to compete with established automakers in mass production models, like the model S....Tesla will not be able to do that.... If Tesla motors had the confidence to do so, they would open full size dealerships in auto malls across the country side by side with the established automakers of the world and not these Apple store styled boutiques far away from potential competition. Mate Rimac is a bright young man, taking things one logical step at a time.....I would not be surprised once they show the world how innovative and wonderful their super cars are, that they eventual begin mass production within 10 years time. From the success of cars like the "Concept One" and others they will be able to invest in a mass production facility within Croatia and begin mass production of more affordable models. The average consumer by that time will be able to relate with the brand in a different way than they do now with Tesla Motors.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          How old are you tudiman2?
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          How old are you tudjman2?
        BipDBo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tudjman2
        I'm sure that Tesla, if they had wanted to, could have produced just as fine of a supercar and sold it for close to $ 1 mil. Supercar companies are all over the place, but start ups that build mainstream priced cars nearly all fail. It takes a lot of competence to produce a good car that is affordable.
      Rick
      • 3 Years Ago
      What no FWD Leaf "garbage" riff raff let in to the show? Handling will get worse if it taller, it will roll more in corners.
        Roy_H
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rick
        Yeah, if it is a LOT taller. I imagine they are only talking about 1 inch or so. And the difference in handling and roll will be unnoticable and immeasurable. If the center of gravity is kept the same (say by a shorter more dense battery pack) the roll would be unaffected.
          Rick
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Roy_H
          Would still prefer to be in something like a taller Ford Ranger rather than a 1" higher Rimac as the Beatles lyrics go "money can't by you love" in a head on Rimac/Ranger collision. NCAP "Euro NCAP’s frontal impact test simulates a car crashing into another of similar mass and structure. In real life, when two cars collide the vehicle with the higher mass has an advantage over the lighter one." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbKtuRMJrsg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYedzZZwvmQ
      Ford Future
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Hottest Electric of ALL TIME!
        Letstakeawalk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        That title is currently held by the Fisker Karma - which is also on display at Salon Privé. o_0 (Love the Rimac, can't wait to see it in production!)
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        Face of a whale, performance.... of a whale. No thank you, i like the Tesla Roadster.
      Giza Plateau
      • 3 Years Ago
      We need to see demonstration of the claims.
      BipDBo
      • 3 Years Ago
      It could definately use slightly bigger dimensions. When you see people standing next to it and driving it, you get an idea of how small the car is. The inside looks very cramped especially in vertical headroom.
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