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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Rimac presented two exotic electric supercars in Geneva

You probably haven't heard of this Croatian company, but in the seven years since it was formed it has developed the Concept_One, an all-electric supercar which it will build only eight of, and six of which have already been sold for £686,000 apiece.

It's hardly mass production, but sitting in a hall shared by Ferrari, Pagani and other expensive and ultra-rare exotica, the Concept_One looks right at home. With 1,088 hp and the ability to hit 60 mph in a McLaren P1-beating 2.6 seconds, the Concept_One was no slouch.
The production version of Rimac Concept_One revealed at the Geneva Motor Show 2016. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1Y2mY8)
But new for Geneva is the Concept S, an uprated model with an extra 296 hp, less weight and, thanks to that massive rear wing and diffuser, more downforce. Torque has also been increased, up to 1,800 Nm.

These changes make for violently rapid performance. The car hits 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, thanks to a four-wheel-drive system and each corner being driven by its own electric motor. In just 5.6 seconds it reaches 124 mph (200 kph) - almost a second quicker than the Bugatti Chiron - and 186 mph (300 kph) is dealt with in 13.1 seconds, two seconds faster than the Chiron.
Rimac Concept S also revealed at the Geneva Motor Show 2016. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1Y2na6)
The car's top speed is 226 mph, Rimac claims, while hauling the 1,800 kg car back to zero is the job of carbon ceramic brakes aided by regenerative braking on all four wheels, which slows the car and feeds energy back into the battery.
Although no official range has been published, a Rimac spokesperson suggested to IBTimes that the regular Concept_One could match the roughly 200-mile real world range of a Tesla Model S if driven sensibly. That said, we dread to think how quickly the battery could be drained by a few 0-186 mph sprints.
There is no word on what Rimac will charge for the Concept S, and we can't imagine the production will get close to two figures, let alone the 500 Chirons Bugatti plans to make. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | IBTIMES]
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