Croatian designer Mate Rimac, who is all of 23 years old, unveiled his concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Concept One EV (electric vehicle), as he calls it, does promise a lot.
For a start, it can go from zero to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds. It has a top speed of 305 km/h. Once fully charged, it can run for 600 Km without needing a recharge.
Each wheel is powered by its own electric motor. The spec sheet says 1088 HP and 3800 Nm of torque so you know this is a powerful beast. The all wheel torque vectoring set-up comprises four symmetrical motor-controller-reduction-gearbox units, two each for the front wheels and two for the rear wheels.
Rimac asserts that this design allows precise distribution of torque to each wheel as required.
Part of Rimac’s team is Adriano Mundi, who used to be part of Magna Steyr’s design team. He designed the carbon fibre body, which has helped lower the weight of the Concept One EV to 1650 Kg.
Goran Popovic led a team of designers who used to work at Italian automotive design firm Pininfarina, to design the interiors. A “head-up” display helps make the Concept One EV a “driver-focused” car.
The Concept One EV is likely to go into a limited production run in 2013. How much of the concept vehicle’s specs actually get delivered is a matter of speculation at this time. But it’s safe to say that if the specs described in Frankfurt are achieved, then Rimac will justifiably be heralded as the father of the world’s first electric supercar.