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Incredible Rimac Electric Supercar Now Available

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On: Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 11:57AM | By: Chris Weiss

Incredible Rimac Electric Supercar Now Available

When we first saw the Rimac Concept One electric supercar at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show, we weren't necessarily expecting to see it hit the market. Ever. But it actually took less than a year for Rimac to go from debut to order books. That still doesn't mean it'll be produced right away, but things appear to be moving along swiftly.

There are several things about the Rimac Concept One that made me cough-blurt "vaporware" from my desk chair the minute I saw it. It's from Croatia, and nothing against the people or country, but we just don't see many cars, let alone electric supercar masterpieces, coming out of Croatia. It's a 1,088-hp supercar that's quicker to 62 mph than a Lamborghini Aventador, and when you let your eyes wander farther down the spec sheet, you'll see that it has a battery big enough to provide up to 373 miles of range yet still manages to weigh in at a pretty light 3,700 lbs. It's the type of vehicle that demands skepticism.

But, according to its latest press release, Rimac began taking reservations and deposits at this week's Top Marques Monaco event. The cost of ownership for such a multi-personalitied ride? Just under $1 million, if some preliminary Internet reporting and US conversion hold up. Only 88 examples will be sold.

The Concept One has a motor, reduction gearbox and inverter mounted in each wheel, all powered by a 92 kWh battery. That combination delivers 1,180 lb.-ft. of torque, according to Rimac's latest press release (or 2,800 lb.-ft., if we go with the original info still listed on Rimac's website), and up to 190 mph worth of exhilarating, electron-motivated speed.

Don't be too surprised if some of those outrageous numbers fall a little closer to Earth before deliveries begin - or if deliveries never actually begin. But so far, Rimac has exceeded our expectations in delivering a sexy, distinct supercar and opening the order books pretty quickly, so maybe it'll actually make it to market without much change.

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