Rimac, a Croatian electric vehicle startup, has long been a leader in electric hypercars with the Concept-One. Tesla disrupted that market with the unveiling of its next-gen Roadster last month and setting the bar for any upcoming electric hypercar – or any supercar really.
But Rimac is now about ready to answer with a new hypercar. The company released a teaser (pictured above and below) of the vehicle to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
The company has been slowly shifting its business model over the last year from a hypercar manufacturer to an OEM supplier for automakers building electric cars – so far mainly other hypercars.
They already produce the battery pack for the Koenigsegg Regera, another plug-in hybrid hypercar, and it was announced earlier this year that Aston Martin’s upcoming new hypercar will have a battery pack supplied by Rimac.
In order to expand their production for those contracts, they recently took a $36 million investment from Chinese battery firm.
But it looks like Rimac doesn’t plan to give up on making its own hypercars.
Today, the company released this teaser of an upcoming “all-new Rimac hypercar” to be unveiled in Geneva in a few months:
The fact that they are calling it a “game changer” is especially interesting since that’s what a lot of people called Tesla’s new Roadster when it was unveiled last month.
Tesla’s new sports car could easily be considered a hypercar, which generally refers to a high-performance vehicle, like a supercar, but with an important efficiency aspect.
Virtually all new supercar coming out today include a battery and an electric powertrain, like the Ferrari LaFerrari or the new Mercedes-AMG Project One, making them “hypercars”.
With an acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 sec, at top speed of “over 250 mph and a range of “620 miles”, the new Tesla Roadster would fit the category for most people. And it does it with an all-electric powertrain and for significantly cheaper than most hypercar at $250,000.
Rimac has its work cut out for it if they want to be a “game changer.”
I wouldn’t count them out too easily though. Despite their relatively small size, they delivered the Concept_One, which was arguably ahead of its time.
They haven’t updated as much as I would have liked to over the years, but the latest version still offers some impressive performance with a 90 kWh battery pack having a near 1 MW output, according to the company.
Though that’s a $1 million car.
Now we don’t know much about this new vehicle, but we aren’t likely to see any internal combustion engine in it.
The vehicle is almost guaranteed to be all-electric since Rimac executive Monika Mikac recently said that ‘the future of hypercars is 100% electric’.
The company has also hinted that it next vehicle will see some higher volume, which isn’t saying much considering they planned on delivering only 8 Concept_One vehicles this year.
Anyway, I’m pretty excited about this car. What about you? Let us know in the comment section below.