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San Diego, Calif. (April 2012) – The Croation-built Rimac Concept_One bowed at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year and shocked the world with staggering performance numbers, including a claimed 1,088 horsepower and an impressive 0-100 kph (0-62 mph) time of 2.8 seconds thanks to a liquid-cooled permanent magnet electric motor.
Less than nine months after the Concept_One was first seen by the world’s most discriminating supercar buyers in Frankfurt, Rimac brought the vehicle to the Top Marques show in Monaco with a refined, production-ready look. Featuring stunning exterior lines, an interior penned by former Pininfarina designers and outfitted by Bulgarian luxury specialist Vilner, the Concept_One uses a unique drive system that puts high-torque electric motors in each corner, driving the four wheels. This unique arrangement makes choosing the proper wheels and tires critical – so HRE Wheels and Vredestein Tire were asked to outfit the car for its first public offering in Monaco.
“Having our forged wheels on a hypercar in one of the most storied venues of the sports car world is an honor,” said HRE President Alan Peltier. “Our engineering team has developed the strongest, lightest and most beautiful custom forged wheels in the world, proven on championship winning cars in a variety of motorsports. Our European division, HRE GmbH in Stuttgart, is applying this technology to the supercar market and the Concept One’s unique electric drivetrain will take full advantage of the new P40SC Monoblok line’s advances in strength and lightweight engineering.”
HRE has an extensive history building its Monoblok race wheels for supercars like the Gumpert Apollo, along with racing wheels for Pikes Peak record holder Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima and Rallycross driver Rhys Millen. The P40SC line is the latest conical style forged wheel to come from the San Diego based company and its significant weight savings and aggressive styling made it a perfect match for the Rimac.
The collaboration was arranged for the release of Vredestein’s new high performance Ultrac Vorti tire which was equipped on both wheels (P40SC and P44SC) featured on the car to give show attendees two unique looks. The goal behind the project was to show that every set of HRE wheels is truly bespoke and tailored to every customer who orders a set for their car, no matter what make.
The Vredestein booth was one of the few greeted by Monaco’s Prince Albert, who was interested in stopping by booths with futuristic concepts pushing the boundaries of “green” technology. For more information on the Rimac Concept_One along with pricing visit: www.rimac-automobili.com