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Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Croatian-Made Rimac Concept_One Electric Car Unveiled In Frankfurt

I posted this story just yesterday morning and gave the jist of it, but I've been following this piece because I was really curious as to what the first model looked like. You can read that addition HERE.  One has to remember though, this is just the first edition.  Even though there are orders for the car already, future editions will just get better and better. Spec and performance wise. A very promising sounding project already.  To me it looks pretty sharp, like something Spiderman would drive. The thing though that really caught my attention after the the initial look at the cool design, was the interior.  I'm very impressed with the way all the gauges and readings are on an LCD screen, and the Buck Rogers style seating area seems to welcome you, almost surround you with it's fluid design that helps you not get intimidated with how much power this puppy actually has.  I'm pretty sure even the traditionalist fan of gasoline powered sports cars probably wouldn't mind taking this one for a ride, or to take home if given the chance.   Anway, here's the first look at the new Rimac Concept_One car that was unveiled for the very first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show today.  Also, since this is another Croatian designed and manufactured automobile, it will be fitted with only 1 steering wheel, as opposed to any future Serbian proposed models.   For more information, images, and links to the press center, click onto the official website at

(Note: Besides, this is much more interesting to me than to get into some Youtube war with a pestering mental  sick Serbo-Yugo war criminal loving wench who thinks I have the slightest bit of interest in her Karadzic pajamas, Selselj teddy bear and perverted sick fantasies as Karadzic's future girlfriend.  I guess all the social networking sites now are full of pestering sick serbos and fucked up fuckos just like this city in real life. I'm used to Serbo shitardism over the years, it's like ingrained since childhood to be a pest.  Reminds me of the Yugo-Serbo and vice-versa chicks around here who like to be pests and saying "You think you won!". Won what? don't know.  Maybe the" Jill Starr Yugo-Seselj-Karadzic-Mladic Award for Best Whatever?...pfff  who knows"?.   Besides, last I read Vladimir Putin was praising Harley Davidson motorcycles and holding talks with Croatian politicians about the new South-Stream gas pipeline going through Croatia, not Mladic's new "Old Navy" hat or reading speeches about starting a war for Serbia and Serbdom.  Not even the blessed sanctity of  is free from her sweaty clutches and drivel.   Pffff.....Svašta )   Anyway...........

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The Concept_One world debut at Frankfurt Motor Show



Frankfurt Motor Show website:


FRANKFURT, September 13th, 2011. – Rimac Automobili is unveiling the world's first electric supercar - the Concept_One.

The Concept_One is an exceptional supercar with a new propulsion concept. With a curb weight of 1650 kg, and 1088 HP, the Concept_One can reach 100 km/h from a standstill in 2.8 seconds and continue to accelerate to the limit of 305 km/h. 92kWh of energy in the Battery Modules delivers enough juice“for up to 600 km of range.

Rimac Automobili developed a unique powertrain which is divided into four sub-systems, each consisting of one motor, inverter and reduction gearbox. Each of those systems drives one wheel, working completely independent one from the other. It's called All Wheel Torque Vectoring and it allows a new approach to vehicle dynamics. Mate Rimac, the CEO of Rimac Automobili says: “I believe that the electric motor is a much better machine compared to the ICE, in almost all aspects, especially for a sports car.“

The carbon-fibre body is designed by Adriano Mudri: "Exploring the labyrinth of creativity, it was obvious at an early stage that the design had to be simple and clear with a lot of sporty elegance to easily catch up with its competitors in this power & exclusivity class.“

The interior is designed by a team of former Pininfarina employees, led by Mr. Goran Popović. After the Rimac Automobili engineering team finished the development and prototyping of the interior parts, the leather-specialist Vilner stepped-in. The result is a high-tech-supercar interior which can be both appealing and pleasant to interact with, at the same time. Special attention has been paid to the infotainment system and gadgets like head-up-displays and soft-close doors which had to match the propulsion technology in its advancement.

Rimac Automobili is a young company which develops and produces high performance electric vehicles, drive trains and battery system. This all began when the founder of Rimac Automobili, Mate Rimac, converted his old BMW to a race EV. He explored the technology by improving every part and began to team-up with experts from different fields in order to develop the next generation supercar. The old BMW is now officially homologated as a “Rimac Automobili e-M3“and is used as a test mule for battery technologies, battery management, propulsion systems and latest in-house developments. Describing their beginnings Mate Rimac points out: “Our first car evolved in a short period of time into a project that didn’t give a final result - instead it was a start, the start of the world’s first electric hyper car – the Concept _One”. A group of 20 multi-talented engineers and designers settled in Croatia near Zagreb and are making something new and revolutionary. The production of the first model, the Concept_One, is limited to 88 units, starting with deliveries in 2013.

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New Rimac electric supercar stuns Frankfurt 


Buried away at the back of one of the smaller halls of the Frankfurt Motor Show a quiet supercar revolution is taking place.

The brainchild of a 23-year-old engineering genius from Croatia, the Rimac Concept-One is an all-new electric supercar with big ambitions.

Capable of more than 180mph and cracking 60mph in under three seconds, the £650,000 electric supercar is aimed squarely at rivals from Pagani and Koenigsegg.

In a factory just outside Zagreb, boss Mate Rimac has been busy putting the finishing touches to a car that has already attracted two orders from the Abu Dhabhi royal family.

Producing 1088hp from its electric motors which drive all four wheels, the Concept-One will only be available to 88 lucky – and seriously wealthy – buyers.

With a 600km range and a fast-charging time of just four hours, the Rimac model is for buyers who think a Tesla is just a little too ordinary. Only 15 will be built a year with initial sales taking place in Europe. America will follow once crash tests have been completed.

Chief executive officer Mate Rimac came up with the idea for the incredible car after installing an electric motor in his battered E30 BMW.

"I had an old BMW race car that was older than me and I used it for drifting but on the racetrack the gas engine blew up so I started to convert it to electric," he told Autoblog.

"One by one I replaced the components with my own parts and then the car got faster and better each time. I enjoyed it so much I decided to establish a company and create parts for electric cars.

"After a couple of years this old BMW was one of the fastest on the planet and we made so many changes that there wasn't much BMW left. That inspired me to make a whole car from scratch."

It's an amazing story, but one that's unbelievably ambitious for a 23-year-old.

"I know I'm only 23," added Rimac. "But look at Mark Zuckerberg and what he did with Facebook at my age – he's a billionaire – it's a new world now, anything is possible."

Rimac has so far benefitted from private investment to get the Concept-One model off the ground, but now the firm is looking for more investment to take the project further.

"We are talking to many investors and are currently negotiating with them," explained Rimac. "We need the funding to go further. We have some very serious investors now, but we are looking for more."

But can the project succeed? Is there really enough electric car buyers out there willing to spend £650,000? Rimac certainly thinks so.

"I am confident it will succeed, for sure," he told Autoblog. "There's no question about it in my mind. I am very sure there will be more demand than we will produce – 88 cars is nothing." Only time – and orders – will prove that he's right...

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