Rimac Automobili Delivers Concept_One To First US Buyer

AUG 3 2014 BY MARK KANE 20

Rimac Automobili Concept_One

Rimac Automobili Concept_One

Earlier this month, Rimac Automobili announced the delivery of electric supercar Concept_One to its first U.S.-based customer – Paul.

Another milestone for the Croatian company was celebrated with this old quote from Nikola Tesla:

“The future will show whether my foresight is as accurate now as it has proved heretofore.”

Well, congratulations to Rimac Automobili, and to Paul who will probably get some chills this Summer when he puts down the hammer to unleashed all those 800 kW.

Some specs on the Concept_One

  • 92 kWh battery
  • 1,088 horsepower
  • Four electric motors
  • 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds


This car is believed to be one of six to be made ahead of wider production.  Some video and the path getting these cars made can be found here.  In the longer term, after selling 80-100 Concept_Ones, Rimac hopes to sell less expensive models; first in the hundreds and then in the thousands of units range.

Hopefully, we will see some action videos of this supercar on U.S. roads.

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If you have the money you can blow an S in the weeds!!

But the Porsche 918 Spyder would beat the Rimac Concept_One with a 0-62 MPH (0-100 KmPH) time of 2.5 seconds versus 2.8 seconds for the Rimac.

looks way bette than the porsche

Once you are under 3 seconds, does it really matter?

i looked at the photo and noticed how low the car is and how old the guy is and i thought to myself: yeah, this one will work out…NOT!

it’ll be a nice showpiece in his garage though…

Is this DoT approved EPA certified for use on public roads or is this just an off road import like a Porsche 959?

Now that Tesla has released their patents – couldn’t this be made Supercharger compatible?? How good would that be? I know it costs a bomb, but it’s a seriously cool piece of kit.

It could be made supercharger compatible but that does not mean it would have supercharger access.

Tesla and Rimac would need to come to agreement on a fee for access.

Somehow I think Tesla is interested in convincing some of the major legacy OEMs to join it but would not be that interested in helping startups.

Why not? It’s the startups that will hold the greatest chances of supplanting ICE’s with EV’s … isn’t that Tesla’s primary objective? Besides, a few Rimac’s isn’t going to consume much energy anyway. Tesla’s own 30,000 model S’ barely consumed $140k in all of June (http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/supercharging-milestone – assuming 14 cents / kWh).

By giving Rimac a marketable advantage over the big boys, it forces the major automakers to consider BEV’s sooner rather than waiting for the model 3 to “prove itself”. Nothing like having someone else eat their cake to prod them into action.

In theory yes in practice no.

Tesla spokespeople refuse to discuss Rimac, Detroit Electric etc when journalist ask.

A few dozen Rimac Concept One’s will do nothing to prod the big boys. Neither will a few thousand less expensive models. This is Ferrari territory. It will not hurt Ferrari sales nor prod Marchionne into BEVs when 10s of thousands of Teslas has not done so.

BTW Elon Musk doesn’t believe startups hold the greatest chance of supplanting ICE. He has repeatedly said he invested in Tesla and became the CEO even though he thought the likely outcome would be failure. He did it to prod the legacy OEMs into transferring to BEV production.

Getting a new auto company off the ground is tremendously difficult.Very capital intensive and large barriers to entry. Very difficult for another startup to do the same and find another distinct group of fanatical supporters and investors. Most of those BEV fanatics are Tesla fanatics.

Tesla spokespeople refuse to discuss anything they have not been authorized to discuss.

The one to ask here is Musk, or JB, but nobody else. Musk has insisted that the goal of Tesla is to accelerate the advent of EVs.

Helping Rimac is a no-brainer if this is true. Supercharger access is a logical place to start given that Rimac will have ridiculously few cars on the road for several years. It’s where Tesla was in 2007 or so.

What I don’t know is if Rimac’s engineering is any good. This is what Musk would respect them for, if they have it. I certainly see no downside for Tesla, but as a public corporation, Tesla would want something in return from Rimac. It’s up to Rimac to come up with a deal worth discussing.

Unlike Rimac, Detroit Electric seems to have done less development on their own. They seem to have less engineering, and more outsourcing. Rimac looks like they do a lot of work in-house. Also they are way higher-end. Detroit Electric is just Roadster II.

I’m totally guessing but I think Rimac is the more interesting of the two by far.

I basically posed the question because I think this is a brilliant opportunity for Tesla to put action to their words. Rimac will – probably forever – represent a very small, say negligible amount of cars so the the risk to the supercharger system would be nil – the publicity gained from this – huge if handled the right way. There’s a lot of similarities between Mate Rimac and EM, Rimac has been savvy enough to join the next big thing: FormulaE even before BMW jumped onboard – a series I’m really looking forward to over the next couple of years as I find Formula One, which I used to love has become a bit stale – I even dislike the sound of it these days.

GO Rimac!!

Pete I’m also a long time F1 fan and agree with you. The first two changes needed are elimination of the max fuel consumption reg. and a loosening of the aero restrictions.

92 KWh, that is interesting. It is adding some emulation to the 85 KWh of the Model S. I wonder who will cross the 100 KWh line.

With the recent announcement of the lithium cathode it’s shouldn’t be too long when we cross that line, by a wide margin, at the top end.

Congrats to Paul–enjoy your new beastie! And as a Tesla Model S owner, I’d be happy for Tesla to provide access to SuperChargers as long as they paid the $2k access fee as well as any (minimal) engineering time spent helping the Rimac folks getting it to work. Given the size of Rimac, though, unless they planned for such access from the beginning, it is unlikely to be an easy feat.

How many miles of range?

Is this thing even road legal in the US, or is “Paul” going to just drive it around his property like a $1M go cart? Seriously, when did they get all the DOT, EPA, and state approvals?

BTW, does “Paul” really look he can afford a $1M low-production EV? Not to me.