The words 'Croatian', 'electric' and 'supercar' never appear in the same sentence (Google it, you'll get like two and a half results and they're all in 'foreign'). But that's all set to change.
The words 'Croatian', 'electric' and 'supercar' never appear in the same sentence (Google it, you'll get like two and a half results and they're all in 'foreign').
That's all set to change, however, because Rimac, a young Croatian start-up, has recently presented us with -- you guessed it -- an electric supercar. Actually, supercar is probably an insult to the Rimac Concept One -- it's probably best described as a hypercar, Uberride, Monstermotor or whatever the Croatian is for "something that'll eat Zondas for breakfast".
Looks-wise, it's got everything going for it -- the low-swooping bodywork, the fat tyres, the unnecessary, highly distracting model standing adjacent. Even the inside is stylish, which is unsurprising as it was penned by ex Pininfarina designer Gordon Popovic -- who reportedly worked on Ferraris such as the 360 Modena and FF.
The Concept One's aesthetics pale into comparison with its performance. The car has four 250kW (335bhp) electric motors -- one powering each of its wheels. This provides a total output of 1,340bhp, which is a whopping 157bhp more than a Veyron Super Sport. It's enough to deliver a 0-62mph sprint time of 2.8 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 305kmh (190mph).
Obviously, this sort of performance would be useless if the Concept One didn't have the range to back it up. Luckily, it uses a 92kWh battery lithium-ion phosphate battery pack, which Rimac says can provide up to 600km (373 miles) of range. If that's not good enough to get you from home to your
super hyperyacht, the company is also offering a version with a range-extending Wankel engine, though this is still in the early stages of development.
Rimac reckons the car is still two years away from release, but that's fine, because if you're anything like us, you'll need a little while to save up the £1.2 million or so it'll take to afford this thing.
Have a gander through our photo galleries to get a closer look.