Rimac Concept_One on show at Salon Privé

Pure-electric super-coupe will be on display in London this September

By Farah Alkhalisi on July 20, 2012 3:58 PM

The Rimac Concept_One is to make its UK debut at the Salon Privé event, 5th-7th September in Syon Park, London.

The Croatian-developed 1,850kg machine has four independently-operating electric motors, one at each wheel, giving a near-phenomenal 1,088bhp in total. All that power is kept in check by an all-wheel torque-vectoring system, accelerating and braking each wheel up to hundreds of times each second as required.

Rimac promises a 0-60 time of 2.8 seconds; the car’s top speed is 190mph and its range – thanks to a 92kWh battery is 373 miles. At a price of $1million per car, such range is feasible. A production run of 88 is planned; there’s no word as yet on what name the Concept will take.

The Concept_One was first unveiled – to some incredulity – at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, and it has since shown up at events including Top Marques in Monaco. Though at the outset, it looked like ‘believe it when you see it’ vapourware, the company – led by 24-year old entrepreneur Mate Rimac – has recruited a team including former Pininfarina designers, and it has been road-testing its tech and powertrain for a while in ‘mules’ such as the e-M3 “Green Monster”, a converted BMW which took part in events including last year’s e-Miglia and has featured in a previous YouTues.

There’s also a teaser video and rolling footage of an early Concept_One on an EVO magazine photoshoot, which suggests that prototypes are up and running, and it has been reported that two have been ordered already by members of the Abu Dhabi royal family, which should go some way to finance bringing the car to production.

Mate Rimac says: “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, as stylish as a Ferrari and as luxurious as a Mercedes, all while managing to forsake even the tiniest sip of gasoline.”