Rimac Concept_One shows how electric cars can be shockingly fun with torque vectoring

V8, V12 and turbocharged engines can be a lot of fun, for sure, but being used to them makes many among us believe electric cars are dull. House appliances on 4 wheels. Tesla has already managed to dump this impression with its Model S, but there are many more examples. One of them comes from Croatia. It is the Rimac Concept_One, a US$ 980,000 model that counts on 811 kW and a range of 500 km to stand out of the crowd. In the video below, Rimac’s technicians present the torque vectoring featured by Concept_One.

Isn’t it amazing? Wouldn’t it be nice to set you car up to understeer, neutral or oversteer at the tip of your fingers? This is what the Concept_One offers.

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Torque vectoring is the ability to make some wheels spin more than the others in a given situation. A bend, for example. If the outer wheels rev more than the inner wheels, the car steers much faster than only with the steering wheel turning. And that sort of ability is almost entirely an electric car’s privilege.

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The Rimac Concept_One has one engine for each wheel. If it wanted, it could totally dismiss using a steering box or any mechanical links to the wheels. The car is 4.55 m long, 2 m wide, 1.20 m high and has a wheelbase of 2.75 m. It weighs 1,950 kg and its top speed is electronically limited to 305 km/h. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 s. From January 2013 until October 2014, 8 cars have been sold. The number must have improved ever since. We have contacted Rimac and are waiting for fresh numbers. While they do not come, all we can say is that we would love to have US$ 1 million left in order to buy such a fantastic piece of engineering…

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.