Production beckons for Rimac’s ultra-hardcore electric supercar

Among automotive fantasies the 1,088hp Rimac Concept One electric supercar from Croatia stands above the rest, yet the car’s creators are taking steps to turn it from fantasy to reality. Tech EU reports that Rimac Automobili has secured its first investors.

Specifically, two investors. One is Frank Kanyet Yepes, a Ferrari 599XX-owning Croatian who made his money in the oil and gas industry in Columbia. He’s also an investor in the Formula E electric-car racing series. The second investor is a Hong Kong-based firm that is rumored to be pursuing a 10 percent stake in Rimac.

The company has also received funding from customers interested in buying production versions of the Concept One and plans to license the electric powertrain technology it developed for the car to other manufacturers.

The Concept One was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show and has lowered jaws ever since. Thanks to 1,088hp and 2,800lb ft of torque, this electric supercar can glide silently to 60mph from a standstill in 2.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 190 mph, according to company estimates. Moreover, Rimac previously quoted the Concept One’s battery-pack size at 92kWh, enough for 372 miles of range.

However, the company only plans to build 88 units, each priced at close to $1 million, so a production version would not only match the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1 for pace and price, but also for exclusivity.

If that seems too steep, Rimac also makes an electric bicycle called the Greyp G-12. It features a 12kW electric motor and 1.3kWh lithium-ion battery pack. You won’t have to wait for Rimac to receive more funding to get one, either.

The G-12 is on sale in Europe right now for 6,000 euros (around $8,323 at current exchange rates). Chinese carmaker Qoros has also shown a rebadged version called the eBIQE, although it may not go into production.

Posted by Stephen Edelstein

Stephen's obsession with cars is almost too hard to quantify. From the latest electric car to the classics, he's interested in anything with four wheels. When he's not writing, he can be found searching the Internet for a car he hasn't seen before, or reading a good book. He has a Master's Degree in History from Clark University. He currently lives in Connecticut.

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