As we reported last week, although we have been hearing less about them lately, Rimac Automobili has been hard at work and the Crotia-based electric automaker grew from 20 to 150 employees during the past 2 year, with now plans to go on a hiring spree and double its headcount in 2016.
Now the automaker is ready to show off its hard work at the Geneva Motors Show next week, where it will debut the “production version” of the Concept_One all-electric supercar, which the company is now calling a “hypercar”.
Rimac also released a gallery of new pictures (see below), presumably of the new version, but without specifying it, though it shows slight design differences compared to the latest models.
Rimac Automobili CEO of Mate Rimac on the announcement:
“My goal was to not to create an electric version of existing supercars. I wanted to create technology to make the supercar considerably better in every regard – faster, more fun and more efficient. I wanted to make the supercar of the 21st century. The Concept_One showcases performances which were not considered possible for electric cars a few years ago. To reach that level of performance, we first had to develop the technology and then the car. The Concept_One has gone through four iterations from a concept to the production car. In every iteration, we have redesigned almost all systems from scratch in order to achieve the level of performance and quality that we have set for ourselves in the beginning. I am also extremely proud of our vertical integration – the Concept_One is a true Rimac Automobili product – down to the smallest details.”
Vertical integration indeed, Rimac plans to bring as much of the manufacturing in-house as possible and it looks like it already has a few units rolling off the assembly line since the automaker shared these two pictures of technicians working on a few units:
From the press release for the Geneva show:
“Thousands of metal, electric and carbon fibre parts have to be manufactured, assembled and tested for each Concept_One. Even the tools, jigs and moulds are designed and produced by Rimac Automobili. Most of the parts start their lives as aluminium blocks or raw bare carbon fabrics which don’t leave the Rimac facilities in Sveta Nedelja before they are assembled into cars.”
The vehicle is still very much “hand-made” and goes through a thorough hand-finishing process.
The company plans to deliver the first production version of the Concept_One to a customer during the Geneva Motor Show.
Rimac’s 82 kWh battery pack (see renderings below) is made of 8,450 individual battery cells and it is capable of delivering 1 MW of power and absorbing 400 kW during braking.
The automaker didn’t update the Concept_One’s performance numbers: 2.6 seconds to 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph), 6.2 to 200 km/h (124 mph), and 14.2 to 300 km/h (186 mph), but it did share this new gallery of pictures and renderings:
- Maximum power: 1088 KS (800 kW)
- Maximum torque: 1600 Nm from 0 to 6500 rpm
- Top speed: 355 km/h
- Acceleration: 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) 2,6 seconds; 0-200 km/h 6,2 seconds, 0-300 km/h 14,2 km/h
- Braking distance: 31.5m (100-0 km/h)
- Lateral g-force: 1.4 g
- Charging: 22 kW on-board charger, DC-Combo fast charger (up to 120kW)
- Power to weight: 588 HP/T
- Weight: 1850 kg
- Length: 4187 mm
- Width: 1842 mm
- Height: 1070 mm
- Front tires: Pirelli P Zero 245/35 R20,
- Rear tires: Pirelli P Zero 295/30R 20
- Weight distribution: 42% front, 58% rear
- Voltage: 650V nominal
- Capacity: 82 kWh
- Rimac Automobili Battery and Thermal Management Systems
- Cro-Mo space-frame with aluminium and carbon fibre semi-stressed members
- Front and rear suspension: Double wishbones, fully adjustable, pushrod operated
- Hydraulically adjustable ride height
- Front: Rimac Automobili D-PM-OC-500 – high speed dual permanent magnet oil cooled motors, 500 kW peak, 12.000 RPM, up to 97% efficiency.
- 2 single speed gearboxes
- Rear: Rimac Automobili D-PM-OC-600 – high speed dual permanent magnet oil cooled motors, 600 kW peak, 12.000 RPM, up to 97% efficiency.
- Two double clutch two-speed gearboxes.
- Rotor and stator oil cooling
- Milled aluminium housings
- Electro-hydraulic servo system
- Front brakes: Ventilated ceramic discs Ø 390 mm, 36 mm wide. 6-piston callipers, power-assisted.
- Rear brakes: Ventilated ceramic discs Ø 380 mm, 34 mm wide. 4-piston callipers, power-assisted.
- Up to 400 kW of regen-braking (adjustable)
- Torque Vectoring with stability function
- Safety disconnect systems in case of a crash
- Multiple ECU architecture for monitoring of safety-relevant electronic systems
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Köenigsegg just got an electric competitor.
Well actually Rimac supplies some sub-systems to Köenigsegg, so it might be more of Tesla-Daimler type of relationship. or should I say Tesla’s old relationship with Daimler, since Daimler is moving away from Tesla’s powertrain.
Yeah… I recalled it.
Actually no! I was wrong. I forgot they’re already partners (and friends). Köenigsegg buys Regera’s batteries (and maybe the motors) from Rimac, and helps Rimac in low volume production questions. More info: http://koenigsegg.com/partners/rimac-automobili/
Those performance numbers are unreal and would shame a McLaren P1, a LaFerrari or a 918 Spyder.
The Rimac torque-vectoring should also make it competitive on the track but i’d be concerned about overheating the battery which such strong regen.
Since the electric motor is oil cooled, I’m pretty sure they just flooded the battery cells with oil (since it’s non-conductive), and it resulted in a much better cooling effect. Yes, this method adds some extra weight, but this car is made of carbon and other light weight materials, so they could save that extra weight.