If you think EVs are stuck in the slow lane, forget about it - Croatia-based electric carmaker Rimac has created an all-electric supercar with 1,088 horsepower that can blaze by most gas guzzlers on the road today. The Concept_One is propelled by four 600 kW motors that can take it from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 2.8 seconds.
The Rimac Concept_One‘s staggering amount of power comes from four sets of electric motors, each of which is fitted above a wheel. Rimac has developed an All-Wheel Torque Vectoring (AWTV) system that works like four-wheel drive on steroids, allowing the motors to send power to each wheel independently of each other.
Each wheel can accelerate or decelerate hundreds of times per second, helping the driver to always stay in control for the ultimate handling. However, when all the wheels are working in concert with each other, propelling this electric-powered beast forward it can go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds. Just for comparison, one of the quickest, street legal gas-burning vehicles, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport can go from 0 to 60mph in 2.4 seconds. So yes, the Rimac Concept_One is awfully quick.
The Concept_One has a top speed of 190 mph and a range of 373 miles on a single charge with its 92 kilowatt-hour battery. Rimac unveiled the Concept_One in Frankfurt in 2011 followed by an UK debut in 2012. There have not been any official announcements on when the vehicle will go on sale. But rumors say only 88 models of the electric car be available for sale when it comes to market in 2015. And, of course, all that power will cost a pretty penny – the Concept_One is expected to retail at a whopping $1 million.
Via Daily Mail
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