Yes, it’s being called a hyper car. That just means, it’s a lot faster than a sports car. And its maker, Rimac Automobili, says their Concept One is a lot of one.
Don’t be confused, Concept One is not at all a prototype and it is certainly far more evolved than an auto concept. The Concept One has already been born and is busy cruising at top record speeds.
This car is powered by not one, but four permanent magnet electric motors. That’s one for each wheel. As far as wheel power, you be assured that there is always optimum torque on each of the wheels as the Concept One is also utilizing Rimac’s All Wheel Torque Vectoring system, which cleverly distributes the car’s 800 kW/ 1088 HP and 1600 Nm of torque. It is also utilizing a powertrain system that has been built into its chassis.
As far as acceleration goes, it does currently beat both of Tesla’s Model S and Model X cars. Tesla’s faster car, the Model S, can go from 0 to around 95 kilometers in 2.8 seconds. The Concept One can propel from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 2.6 seconds. From a complete standstill, it can also reach 200 km/h in an impressive 6.2 seconds and 300 km/h in just 14.2 seconds. And if at any point during your fast drive you want to hit the brakes, the car is equipped with a 4-wheel regenerative braking of up to 400kW thanks to its “electric ABS system.” Aside from this, the Concept One also has both stability control and traction control.
As far as driving goes, Rimac designed the Concept One so that it can match any of its driver’s moods. There’s a calm and neutral setting for a quiet drive through the city. Then, there’s also a track-oriented setup if you’re feeling competitive. To experience some driving adventure though, just switch to extreme drift mode when you reach a closed track.
The Concept One has also been outfitted with a “bespoke infotainment system” and here, you can simply use a touch-screen system to look into and control the car’s “nervous system.” Moreover, you can also analyze your car’s telemetry data on PC or smartphone right after doing a fast lap on the track. After all, the car has more than 500 sensors to tell you how fast you’ve gone and more.