Did you think the Rimac Concept_One was an extreme electric car? Meet the Concept_S

Rimac had another card up its sleeve for the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. It is certain that the production version of the Concept_One was already a bold demonstration of how appealing an electric car can be, but the Croatian automaker wanted to push its limits. And it has. This is the Rimac Concept_S

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Rimac has prepared the car Nobuhiro Monster Tajima has used in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2015. The experience has not only helped the company develop the Rimac All Wheel Torque Vectoring system, shortened to R-AWTV, but also create this monster you see above. It is 218 kW more powerful, 200 Nm more torquey and 50 kg lighter than the Rimac Concept_One. In other words, it has a total output of 1,018 kW, 1,800 Nm of torque and 1,800 kg. Rimac has shaved weight from the carbon fiber panels of the body, which remains basically the same: 4.19 m long, 1.84 m wide and 1.07 m tall, with a wheelbase of 2.75 m.

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With these changes, the Concept_S accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2,5 s, to 200 km/h in 5,6 s and to 300 km/h in 13,1 s. The Concept One takes respectively 2.6 s, 6.2 s and 14.2 s. Its top speed is 365 km/h, instead of the 355 km/h of the Concept_One. And it also counts on some other gimmicks that the production car is not even aware about. At least not to this extent.

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An aerodynamic package has been added to Concept_One. Its front splitter already generates downforce to keep the front wheels, which also power the car, as tied to the ground as possible. In its way over the splitter and into the front intake, the air hits the first 4 of 7 cooling systems for the battery and the engines. Then it leaves the body a little before the windshield. There are side deflectors that also help the car stick to the tarmac, as well as side air intakes. These last ones throw air on the last 3 coolers and send hot air to meet the cold air that was flowing from under the Concept_S. According to Rimac, this helps it fill the low-pressure zone behind the vehicle, what lowers drag. The aero package increases downforce by 34% when compared to a “regular” Concept_One.

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Rimac does not say if it intends to produce the Concept S or if it is just a technology demonstrator. But so was the Concept_One and there will be 8 units for sale, of which 6 have already found its new owners. Any doubts the Concept_S will also be sold? Not on our part.

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.