Rimac Automobili Concept One at Salon Prive

The Salon Privé is England's most exclusive automobile show, and with its exotic looks, hypercar performance and posh price tag, the Rimac Automobili Concept_One is fitting in quite nicely. And while the upper class crowd in attendance might be able gaze upon it and imagine the all-electric, all-wheel-drive Croatian super steed in their stable, what they will actually receive if they write out a check will be somewhat different. It will be, in a word, better.

In addition to a different name – the moniker Concept_One would, after all, be incongruous on a production vehicle – the exterior styling of the customer version will receive an evolutionary finessing. But that's only the beginning. Starting with a heavily restyled interior, practically everything else will be altered.

With an eye to decreasing weight and increasing performance, we can expect the 2014 machine to feature a new, lighter chassis to accommodate an improved drivetrain. Although battery capacity should remain in the 92-kWh neighborhood, it has also been updated. So has the suspension.

The end product will be larger in practically every dimension – wider, longer, taller – yet, is expected to exceed the original 305 km/h (190 mile per hour) target and, possibly, its 2.8-second 0 to 60. No doubt, handling will also benefit.

As anxious as we are to see the Concept_One's replacement though, the original still has some things yet to show us and we look forward to sharing some surprises in the near future. In the meantime, scroll down for video from CNN featuring the car in action, along with the official press release.



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EXCLUSIVE UK DEBUT OF THE RIMAC CONCEPT_ONE ELECTRIC HYPER CAR

London, 5th September 2012 – The Rimac Concept_One electric hyper car will make its UK debut at this years Salon Privé, the UK's most prestigious Supercar Event and Concours d'Elégance being held on the 5th – 7th September 2012 at Syon Park.

This unique new electric hyper car has the capability of producing the astronomical equivalent of 1,088 bhp due to its 92-kWh battery, which powers four sets of electric motors, placed at each wheel. All four systems can operate independently and accelerate and decelerate hundreds of times per second. Rimac labels this as All-Wheel Torque Vectoring (AWTV).

The Concept_One's performance is shattering with 0-60 mph in just 2.8 seconds. It also has the ability to reach a top speed of 190 mph and a range of 373 miles. The kerb weight is 1900 kg.
Only 88 examples of the sensational Rimac Concept_One will be produced and each will cost $1 million. The team behind the Rimac Concept_One includes designers which used to work for the fabled Italian styling house Pininfarina and top Bulgarian leatherworkers from Vilner, among others.

24-year-old Croatian Rimac Automobili CEO, Mate Rimac said: 'We started with a blank sheet of paper. The idea was to create an exceptional supercar with a new propulsion concept. What we have here is a fully-fledged hypercar that is as powerful as a Bugatti and as luxurious as a Bentley, all while managing to forsake even the tiniest sip of gasoline.'

David Bagley, Sales Director of Salon Privé said: 'We are extremely pleased that the Rimac Concept_One will be making its UK debut at Salon Privé this year. This EV supercar is a true representation of innovation in the electrical motor industry. Salon Privé is the ideal automobile event for the car to be exposed to the UK market.'

The car will be available for viewing for the first time in the UK at Salon Privé in September. Now in its seventh consecutive year, Salon Privé is firmly established as the UK's most prestigious Supercar Event & Concours d'Elégance as well as a calendar highlight amongst enthusiasts, collectors and buyers of modern and classic super cars.