Thursday, 19 July 2012 8:10 AM
Coming to London in September, the Rimac Concept One, an "electric hypercar" set to make its UK debut at Salon Privé. It'll be on show from September 5-7 at London's Syon Park.
Proving that not all electric cars are small, kooky or milk float-slow, the Rimac Concept One is a very special limited edition electric car with the equivalent of 1,088bhp. Yep. 1,088 horses. It's all thanks to a 92-kW battery. Only 88 will be made and they'll each cost $1 million or £638,880 on today's exchange rate.
As well as the eye-popping power, this sparky beast will do 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds, has a top speed of 190mph and a very impressive range of 373 miles - that makes the sub-100 mile range of many of the electric cars on the market now look a little anxiety-inducing. Kerb weight is a relatively light 1,850kg. There are four electric motors, one to power each wheel. Rimac calls this "All-Wheel Torque Vectoring".
Rimac's CEO is 24-year-old Croation Mate Rimac and he sums up the Concept One thus: "What we have here is a fully-fledged hypercar that is as powerful as a Bugatti, as stylish as a Ferrari, and as luxurious as a Mercedes, all while managing to forsake even the tiniest sip of gasoline."
Now if the more mainstream electric car makers can look towards a 373-mile range, we may have zero-emissions winners all round.
By Georgia Lewis
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