Crotian company Rimac builds the fastest production electric car in the world — The Rimac Concept_One. Maybe it’s unfair to call the Concept_One a production car, since only ten of them will ever be built but there is no doubt it is brutally quick — 0-60 in 2.6 seconds and a top speed of 220 miles per hour are proof of that.
What really sets the Concept_One apart, though, is its bespoke 4 wheel drive system called R- AWTV, which stands for Rimac All Wheel Torque Vectoring. The system samples conditions at all four wheels 100 times a second and determines the precise amount of power to send to each one, depending on road conditions, throttle position, steering angle, and many other factors.
That system took founder Mate Rimac and his colleagues 5 years to perfect. Now Rimac wants to leverage that experience to leapfrog Tier One suppliers to the automotive industry and become the largest provided electric car components in the world. The task will mean competing against the likes of Bosch, Continental, Denso, Delphi, and Magna, among others.
To get there, Rimac is setting up a joint venture in China to manufacture a full line of electric car components. Rimac says the Chinese operation will offer more flexibility as well as far superior, dedicated technology at a price that will be competitive on the global market.
Based on his reputation to date, Mate Rimac may be just the fellow to pull this off. He is assisted by none other than Christian Keonigsegg and has been deeply involved in building an all electric race car for Monster Nakajima for the Pikes Peak annual Race To The Clouds. Rimac is also building the battery pack for the upcoming supercar from Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing.
If talent and bulldog like tenacity are a recipe for success, Rimac may be on its way to a starring role in the revolution that will bring electric cars to the masses.
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