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Rimac Shows Us What 2,800 lb-ft Of Electric Torque Is All About

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On: Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 11:56AM | By: Chris Weiss

Rimac Shows Us What 2,800 lb-ft Of Electric Torque Is All About

After a few teasers, Rimac has officially presented its Concept One at the Frankfurt Motor Show. We're not holding our breath for a production version of this 1,000-HP, 200-MPH electric supercar, but we must say: Rimac knows how to make a fine-looking automobile.

When I first heard about the Croatian super-EV, I was pretty sure it was going to be highly derivative or totally weird looking. I was leaning toward the former. But this car actually looks pretty good—and that glossy red paint is downright hot. I don't exactly love the front-end—it's a little too big for that low-profile cabin, but the flanks and rear look like a tight, exotic supercar. Not bad.

As is custom with electric supercars, the Concept One has a motor at each wheel. But instead of just a motor, each wheel has what's essentially a mini-powertrain that has a reduction gearbox, the DC motor, and an inverter. Together the motors provide an all-wheel configuration that coughs out 1,088-hp and a rather ridiculous 2,800 lb-ft of torque. A software system and series of sensors controls each of the mini-systems. Despite hauling around a big, ol' 93 kWh battery pack, the Concept One is said to weigh around 3,700 lbs. Obviously all that carbon fiber on the inside and out had a little to do with that.

Rimac states the car will hit 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds—about the same as the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4. Top speed is listed at 190 mph, which is reportedly electronically imposed. The battery delivers around 373 miles worth of driving.

Rimac is holding to the claim that it plans to actually bring this thing to market. It wants to build 88 examples beginning in 2013. No word on how much this electric bullet will cost, but at this stage it doesn't matter--we aren't too confident that it will make it out of concept stage.

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