Output figures are what make headlines, but for the real gear heads, it's just as interesting to know how that power is made. Cars like the Koenigsegg Agera and the SSC Ultimate Aero use V8 engines with twin turbochargers, while the Bugatti Veyron essentially uses twice that cylinder- and spool-count, but in the end they're all about conventional, internal combustion. The latest breed of supercars like the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder combine an internal-combustion engine with an electric assist for hybrid propulsion. But the next generation of supercars may very well go all-electric.

That's the realm of Rimac, the Croation startup that unveiled the Concept_One at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Styled by a team of designers who used to work at Pininfarina and with an interior by Vilner, the Rimac Concept_One packs an electric motor into each wheel to produce 1,088 horsepower and rocket the world's greenest supercar from 0-62 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds. Ever since the vehicle's reveal almost three years ago, Rimac has been working at putting it into (limited) production, and now it seems to have the backing in order to do so.

According to tech.eu, Rimac has secured four sources of funding. One source is advanced customer orders; down-payments placed by buyers eager to get their hands on a vehicle that could, at least theoretically, keep pace with a Bugatti but on electric power alone. Another is a loan Rimac obtained from the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Sinocop Resources, a natural resources company based in Hong Kong, signed a non-binding agreement last month to buy 10 percent of Rimac Automobili for 7 million euros. Finally, and perhaps most crucially, is the backing which Rimac has received from Frank Kanayet Yepes, a Croatian-Columbian, green-energy investor who knows a thing or two about cars. Yepes is the Colombian importer for Ferrari and Maserati, is part of Ferrari's exclusive 599XX program and is one of the investors behind the Formula E electric racing series starting up later this year.

With the financial backing in place and a burgeoning global network of backers, it may now only be a matter of time before the Rimac Concept_One materializes from fantastical vaporware into an electrifying reality.


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      korblalak
      • 7 Months Ago
      It is a very desirable exotic. They did an amazing job with the design.
      d.hollywood
      • 7 Months Ago
      Very attractive...I wish them well.
      Grendal
      • 7 Months Ago
      Rimac is an awesome guy for a young inventor. I hope this is successful for him so he can move on to even more great things that are more affordable to the rest of the populous. He often comments on TMC about what he is doing.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 7 Months Ago
      I hope this dream comes true. The companies i know of that are associated with rimac are awesome.. and so is this car :) Nikola Tesla is not the only genius to come from this region of the world ;)
        Lachmund
        • 7 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        It also is one of the most beautiful countries in the world...there must be some good in it.
      Brodz
      • 7 Months Ago
      One third Ferrari, one third Tesla, one third Ford GT. That's how the styling looks to me anyway.
        kevsflanagan
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Brodz
        While true it is better than saying "One third Honda, one third Toyota, and one third Ford Taurus."
      JP
      • 7 Months Ago
      "the Rimac Concept_One packs an electric motor into each wheel" No it doesn't, the motors are inboard, each attached to a single speed gear reduction unit, with a shaft going out to each wheel. They are not wheel motors.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 7 Months Ago
      I hope this dream comes true. The companies i know of that are associated with rimac are awesome.. and so is this car :)
      Ryan M
      • 7 Months Ago
      So if a Bugatti can deplete a tank of gas in 15 minutes going top speed, I wonder how long the batteries would last in this at top speeds.
      Bean
      • 7 Months Ago
      I wish the powers that be would get it through their thick heads we don't want electric cars. It's ridiculous. We also don't want designs that are blatant rip offs of BMWs. Electrics are a fun toy, but practicality wise they are stupid. In the future sleps will drive EVs and the rich elites will have electrics or hydrogen. I don't want that future. The great thing about America and what MADE us unique was anyone could buy a car and travel cheaply. You were just as able as the man in the Cadillac even though you had a lowly Chevy. Not any more. It costs way too much to travel by car - much more than what it should. All because of the lie of climate change. If you really want to fix climate change (assuming it's real) incentivize NOT having kids. Putting a car seat in the back of a prius defeats the whole purpose. That kid will do more damage to the environment than any car. I don't advocate abortion either, I advocate use your head and stop screwing making more kids. We have enough. Pick up one of the billion or so already here that's unloved and unwanted, but you can't. Then it wouldn't be your kid for real. Plus most people can't keep their pants on long enough to think about it.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Bean
        Who wants an automobile? a horse is cheap and everyone can own one. You can't even stop that automobile on the side of the road and fuel it up with some hay! Poppycock i say, dear sir!
        SublimeKnight
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Bean
        If there is any hope for an America where you can buy and drive a car cheaply, it will be an EV. EVs cost pennies per mile to drive vs dimes or quarters per mile for gas. EVs have way fewer moving parts and just parts in general. Batteries will continue to get cheaper and better, while gasoline will only become more expensive as population increases but supply remains constant.
      sp33dklz
      • 7 Months Ago
      GORGEOUS! But I see a big fat fail incoming.
      mycommentemail
      • 7 Months Ago
      This is the guy who created the green, electric BMW 3-series with 900 HP. Pretty crazy machine, and one that consistently blows the doors off most everything on the road. Who knows if he has the business chops to pull this off, but he sure has the technical ones to do it. http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2011/01/croatian-racer-turns-1986-bmw-3-series-into-a-900-hp-race-car-video.html
        2 wheeled menace
        • 7 Months Ago
        @mycommentemail
        Rimac and buddies are also responsible for bringing the most insane direct drive motorcycle and ebike hub motors to life, as well as some of the coolest ebike frames ever invented. Yea - they are worth keeping an eye on.
      danfred311
      • 7 Months Ago
      I never quite liked the approach but if they use the design of the IDIADA version and cut to the chase they might have a theoretical chance.
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