By Amos Kwon
on 9.20.11

Derivative design in the automotive world is about as common as iterations of Law & Order on network television. The same can be said for boring designs in the electric car arena. Then you have cars such as the Rimac Concept One, introduced at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Cleanly and beautifully designed both inside and out, the Rimac comes out Rimac Automobili of Croatia, believe it or not. From the cats-eye headlights, to the massive band of carbon fiber trim that extends the full length of the body, to the gargantuan brake discs, the design is gorgeous and refreshing. The interior boasts Pininfarina credit for the simple and eye-popping design and it seems no material quality was spared.

So what about the power output? A generous 1,088 horsepower, 0-60 in well under four seconds and a top speed of 190 mph. Take that, Nissan Leaf! The powertrain is actually four separate motors at each wheel, with individual inverters and gearboxes. The system is coined “All Wheel Torque Vectoring,” which sounds like a graduate level course in physics. Geekery aside, the Rimac Concept One gets a thumbs up from us for being original, environmentally conscious and just plain stunning. Neither pricing nor production has been announced, but let’s keep our hopes up for this new upstart in the automotive realm.

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