23-year-old designer set to show 1088 bhp Electric Sports Car this week at IAA Frankfurt
By Jack Martin
September 11, 2011
The Frankfurt Motor Show opens this week and a number of new brands will be seen for the first time, including a Croatian company Rimac Automobili, which will show a pure electric sportscar named the Concept One with an aluminum frame, carbon fiber bodywork, and an all-up weight of just 1650 kg.
Inside that lightweight construct lurks a massive 92 kWh battery capacity good for a 366 mile range. It's the performance of the car which has the buzz percolating though, as it has a claimed 1088 bhp, prodigious torque of 3800 Nm and an electronically-limited top speed of 305 km/h.
Perhaps the most remarkable claim is the acceleration though, which has the 0-100 km/h time pegged at 2.8 seconds, making it one of the fastest accelerating road cars anywhere.
As can be seen from this teaser Youtube video, the Concept One appears to be made in high-tech facilities and certain to add to the story is that the entire project has been hatched by 23-year-old Croatian automotive designer Mate Rimac who will build 88 examples of the Concept One.
The Concept One is driven by four independent electric motor drive units which are divided into the front and rear driver system.
The front and rear system are separated units. Each of them includes two high speed, liquid cooled permanent magnet electric motors, two liquid cooled inverter units and two reduction gearboxes, united into one compact unit
From what we can gather, the car has a reconfigurable computerized dashboard, a heads-up display, regenerative braking and looks set to challenge the establishment.
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