In recent years the demand for electric cars has drastically increased due to the rise in fuel prices. There have been a lot of electric cars such as the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, VW e-Golf and many more, but none of them seemed to pique the interest of the car community. It wasn’t till Tesla launched the Tesla Model S P-100 D that the car community actually started giving electric cars a second look. But “Rimac” came in and built a whole new platform for electric cars.
This is the “Rimac Concept One”, the world’s first electric super car. “Rimac Automobili” was founded in 2009 by Mate Rimac out of his garage hobby for building cars. This car was launched at the 2011 “Frankfurt Motor Show” and also at the 2012 “Paris Concours d’Elegance” where it received positive results from critics and fans alike. This car had a limited production run and only 8 units were built all of which have been sold.
Mate Rimac says, “Aesthetics is our scientific approach to moving emotions” which can clearly be seen in the design of this car. Its lines, much like a supercar doesn’t only look good but are also functional in making the car aerodynamic. Its headlights are made of 58 high-powered LED’s that are faced inwards and the piece of glass around those LED’s is engineered in such a way so as to spread the light across the road without creating a beam following its path. The rear lights serve many purposes including aerodynamics and cooling. Integrated tunnels lead air directly into the radiator for cooling and out the tail lights. The aerodynamically designed lights work with openings in the carbon fibre bumper and diffuser to cut through the air at high speeds. The interiors don’t contain any complicated buttons or switches, just a bare steering wheel, a digital gauge cluster, massive touch-screen infotainment system in the centre dash area and buttons to control it just below. As shown in the image above there is no scarcity of carbon fibre in the interior of this car. The dash board and the entire centre console is made of carbon fibre and surrounded by supple leather all around.
The aerodynamics is one thing but if the car cannot produce immense amounts of power it means nothing. Each wheel of the Concept One is powered by a separate liquid cooled “Permanent Magnet Synchronous” electric motor and is controlled by Rimac’s “All Wheel Torque Vectoring System” that distributes power to each wheel depending on the driving mode selected by the driver. It also has the ability to switch from all wheel drive to rear wheel drive by sending all the power to the rear wheels which means only one thing “DRIFT MODE”. Unlike other electric cars which are powered by some variation of a regular “Lithium Ion Battery” the Rimac Concept One is power by a “90KW Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide Battery” which produces 1,224hp and 1,200 lb ft of torque. Because of its light weight all carbon fibre body the Concept One is capable of doing 0-100 kmph (0-60mph) in just 2.5 secs, 0-200 kmph in 6 secs and has an electronically limited top speed of 355 kmph (221mph).
With rising fuel prices and increasing demand for electric vehicles on the road many car manufacturers are beginning to build impressive electric cars which cater to the car community as well as the regular people. The automotive industry is going through an evolution which could change the way people drive forever.
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