Raise your hand if you thought the world’s next electric supercar would come from Croatia. Yeah, I didn’t think so either.
But it looks like that is exactly what’s happening. The team at Rimac Automobili – based in Zagreb, Croatia – is in final talks with investors to let their game changing sports car hit the streets. Their supercar concept was first introduced under the name of Concept_One at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, and now, three years later, it may soon be ready for purchase.
Rimac has announced that they have four sources of funding, including two investors. The investors are Hong Kong mineral and metal company Sinocop Resources, and South American energy entrepreneur Frank Kanayet Yepes, who is both a supercar enthusiast, and of Croatian descent. Rimac figures to round out their funding with advance payments from customers, and a large loan from the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
And the car is absolutely the real deal. The fully electric speed demon cracks the four-figure power mark, cranking out a truly stunning 1,088 horsepower, which propels it to 62 mph in just 2.8 seconds. Those numbers would be jaw-dropping even if the car weren’t electric.
And, unlike many other gaudy supercar concepts, Rimac’s team knows what they’re doing outside of the hood, too. The car is designed by a team of former Pininfarina designers, and the interior is handled by Vilner.
So how does Rimac get all that power? They fully integrate a pair of 12,000 RPM motors with reduction gearboxes and power electronics, which are liquid cooled.
Ever since it’s 2011 introduction, the founder and CEO, Mate Rimac, has been juggling trying to produce the vehicle for potential customers, and trying to sell the concept to potential investors. Now that the latter appears to be secured, the former should come quite easily.
It’s beautiful. It’s luxurious and modern. It’s unbelievable fast. And now, thankfully, it’s hitting the street.
Photo Credit: Rimac Automobili