Even primitive (DC) electric motors outperform any combustion engine in almost all fields. But extreme efficiency, extremely fast response, wide power band, compact size, regenerative braking, high torque… Those are just some advantages Rimac’s new permanent magnet synchronous motor generation which was developed exclusively for the Concept_One.
The unique powertrain is divided into four sub-systems, each consisting of one motor, inverter and reduction gearbox. Each of those systems drives one wheel, completely independent one from the other. Sophisticated ECUs control each of those systems using the input of many precise sensors placed all over the car. This architecture allows a new approach to vehicle dynamics. Rimac calls it – All Wheel Torque Vectoring (AWTV). Each wheel can independently accelerate or decelerate hundreds of times per second, helping to achieve the desired (driver selectable) handling. Together with the very low center of gravity, extremely high torque available almost from zero RPM and the lack of shift interruptions, the Rimac Concept One delivers a completely new driving experience.
Recently the Concept One played a critical roles at the Beijing Formule E Race. The Rimac Concept One served as a Race Directors and Hot Lap car for the first Formula E season, making history in the evolution of motorsport. “Formula E is certainly a different experience and it will speed up the development of electric mobility. To discover something new you have to be on your own path and you also have to be on your limit. That is what we are doing with every day, and that is what we saw here in Beijing this weekend. The race cars are really driven to their limits – this will give the extra push needed to bring us new technologies and new ideas very quickly.” said Mate Rimac.
The Rimac Concept One was profiled in the very first issue of VOLOGLAM in the ‘Three Power Cars with Clear Consciences’ article. Get your copy of the issue at: http://bit.ly/Glam1Zinio