• Jan 31, 2013
Rimac Automobili has just accomplished what all startups in the electric vehicle space promise, but mostly never deliver on: Job One. That's right, the Croatian company has completed its very first all-electric supercar for a paying customer. There's just one problem: we can't see it yet.

According to a Facebook update released by the company, its customer "...wished to control what will be published about the project." So, all we know for now is that it should offer similar, if not better, tire-blistering performance as the original Rimac Concept_One but will look somewhat different as it not a copy of that prototype, but rather, a separate one-off design. Judging by the shrouded silhouette in the photo above, the proportions are similar to the Concept_One, but the bodywork has been significantly massaged.

The project took about four months to complete and was complicated by the lack of automotive-sector infrastructure in the company's Balkan homeland. With no pool of engineers to hire from and no supplier base from which to source parts, the team Rimac team had to be inventive and self-reliant whilst operating on a tight budget. The lessons learned should help them move forward with future production, though.

While we look forward to seeing what lies beneath the sheet in both high-definition stills and moving pictures, this is probably the perfect time to applaud Mr. Rimac for reaching this momentous milestone. Congratulations, sir.


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      Giza Plateau
      • 1 Day Ago
      The car is based on A123 batteries and there aren't many alternatives. Gotta be an issue. We haven't seen the car move properly yet Rimac. It's rather lame. We need to see it beat various cars like the Veyron on the quarter mile.
        JP
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        You don't need to see crap Dan, you aren't writing the check. Troll on elsewhere..
        Val
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        Who's WE and why do YOU need to see them beat veyrons? What will happen if they don't show you that? You are gonna go and cry in the corner? Gonna cancel your reservation?
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Day Ago
      Meh, Rimac is a design studio, like Fisker appearance is everything. At Tesla form follows function. Design is driven by engineering(efficiency, handling and aerodynamics).
        Giza Plateau
        • 1 Day Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        I'm afraid you are wrong on both counts. Rimac is very far from a design studio and the 2.1ton of the Tesla is not form follows function and the aerodynamics was more or less accidental because the Aston Martin Rapide sister design happens to be somewhat compatible with an aerodynamic shape. The front mouth that was later closed and the very unaerodynamic wheels that remain testify to a lack of thought.
          Val
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          what's the drag coefficient of the rapide, if it has the same aerodynamic shape?
          Val
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          ahahah, accidentally they designed the most aerodynamic car in the industry, and then mercedes accidentally designed an even more aerodynamic car. Guess they also copied the weight of the aston, 1950 kg, not far from tesla, and without the 600 kg battery. They had an option of aero wheels, nobody wanted them, they removed them from the options list. Did they ship the car with an open mouth, and then had to recall it to close it or what? Guess it wasn't on autoblog.
      BipDBo
      • 1 Day Ago
      Wow that's low. Elon should try to enjoy the S's current postion as quickest production EV while it lasts. This thing is going to kick the crap out of just about everything.
        paulwesterberg
        • 1 Day Ago
        @BipDBo
        I bet this is years away from being in production, meanwhile tesla is moving their product and using sales to finance development of their next generation roadster. In the future there may be faster EVs for sale, but they will cost 2-3x as much.
          Ford Future
          • 1 Day Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          There's nothing wrong with TESLA, but, why would this car be Years Away? http://www.rimac-automobili.com/concept_one/video-vp1 Also, it's price point looks like to be $200,000 minimum.
          Giza Plateau
          • 1 Day Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          I thought it was more like a cool million
      • 1 Day Ago
      Whats with all the Tesla hype and lies about Rimac? Im guessing someone is paying them for bad mouth.
      Val
      • 1 Day Ago
      http://www.technologicvehicles.com/en/green-transportation-news/2268/first-production-rimac-one---we-bet-it-is-the the secret is no more!
      SublimeKnight
      • 1 Day Ago
      According to their website, the car is 1198mm tall (or almost 4ft). Is the guy standing next to it 7' tall? It looks awfully small in that picture.
      Giza Plateau
      • 1 Day Ago
      Are you funding it?
      JP
      • 1 Day Ago
      Way to go Mate!
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