The Rimac Concept_One is further proof you can achieve ludicrous acceleration on four wheels without burning a drop of gasoline. The Croation automaker claims the electric hypercar can zap to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in a mere 2.6 seconds. Any company can make a promise about its vehicle, though. In a video, Rimac shows that the acceleration figure is quite realistic.
With no introduction, the stationary Concept_One blasts to 75 mph (120 kph) in just a couple seconds in this clip. We then get to see it launch from the outside, and there’s a short yelp as the tires scramble for traction. According to company CEO Mate Rimac in a comment to this video, the automaker is still working to improve the electric hypercar. With the right road surface and tire temperature. "2,4 [seconds] is also possible," he writes.
Rimac unveiled the production version of the Concept_One at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The coupe has four electric motors – two on each axle. The total output is 1,088 horsepower (811 kilowatts) and 1,180 pound-feet (1,600 Newton-meters) of torque. A torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system makes sure so much power actually makes it to the road. An 82 kilowatt-hour battery also gives drivers a range of 205 miles (330 kilometers).
Rimac plans to make just eight units of the Concept_One for $980,000 (€742,000) each. The company is already hard at work on its next project. The Concept_S has 1,384 horsepower and a body that produces 34 percent more downforce that its predecessor.