2016 Rimac Concept S

After shocking the automobile world with the Rimac Concept One
in 2011, Rimac is at it again. The Croatian automaker is
bringing a more powerful hyper car dubbed the 2016 Rimac
Concept S. The car features better aerodynamics, less
weight and is also faster making it the ultimate full-electric
race car.

In addition, the model has the style and comfort of synonymous
with GT automobiles. The automaker has used experience gained
from Rimac E-Runner’s awesome performance at the Pikes Peak
race last year.

Read along to find more about this electric-powered monster;

2016-Rimac-concept-s-NCI-10

2016 Rimac Concept S Exterior

The exterior of the 2016 Rimac Concept S reminds me of the
Concept One. The Concept S is however more aggressive. At the
front, it features the same grille as the Concept One. The
grille acts as a cooling vent. Two more vents are located on
the sides and look more refined and also feature baby blue
inserts.

Below the grille is a stylish spoiler that adds down-force to
the front wheels which is a necessity to keep the car glued to
the ground considering it churns out over 1,000 horses. Its
hood is also similar to the Concept One but it has been hooked
up with a higher scoop at the center. The headlights are a bit
shorter.

2016-Rimac-concept-s-NCI-13

On the sides, the vehicle features aggressive side skirts and a
new up-swept wing behind its front wheels. The wheel arches
look more refined than those of the Concept. The vehicle also
features a grey and white finish running from the outside edge
of the front vents all the way to the rear. From experience, a
two paint job never disappoints on a car like this.

At the rear, the vehicle feature lamps with LED technology that
outline an air vent in the center. Just below the taillights
are two smaller vents. A gray paint finish occupies most of the
rear. Its rear diffuser features a whopping 6 functional fins
which help improve down-force at the rear. There is also a rear
spoiler which also adds down-force on the rear axle. The sides
of the spoiler feature the blue accenting like the one on front
air vents, the inner fin and mounting arms are covered in gray.

Rimac designers have done an excellent job in designing a body
with excellent aerodynamics and one that also provides
down-force in just the right areas. Actually, if you look
closely, you will notice that the gray paintwork symbolizes the
direction the air takes as it goes through and over the Concept
S’s body.

2016-Rimac-concept-s-NCI-11

2016 Rimac Concept S Interior

The cabin is similar to that of the Concept One. However, the
Rimac concept S cabin is covered in Alcantara. Surfaces without
Alcantara feature a clear finish that reveals a carbon-fiber
weaving underneath.  The interior is trimmed in black with
blue accenting on the dash and on the center console.

The seats also have a blue accenting. On the other hand, the
dashboard, steering wheel, door panels and some parts of the
seats feature a red contrast stitching which matches seat
harnesses of its two seats. The cabin is pretty stunning to
look at and I believe it is quite comfy too.

The car comes with an in-house built infotainment system which
was built specifically for the Concept S. The touch screen
appears to be a 12-incher though the automaker didn’t offer
actual specs.

2016-Rimac-concept-s-NCI-14

Further, the vehicle’s all-wheel torque vectoring system
features physical buttons made of billet aluminum which are
located on its center console.  Other settings of the
system and other features such as torque distribution, brake
force distribution and other functions are controlled via the
touch-screen display.

The vehicle is fitted by over 500 sensors which channel
information to the touch-screen where data is then stored and
sent to a cloud via a 4G internet connection. Data can be
accessed via the touch-screen or a Smartphone either during or
after a race.

2016-Rimac-concept-s-NCI-1

Engine Specs and Performance

Under the hood, Rimac has used a fine-tuned version of the AWTV
system deriving from experience gained from the last year’s
Pikes Peak.   Though the Concept One at 1,088 hp and
1,180 lb –ft of torque was no slouch, Rimac tweaked the
drive-train to produce a staggering 1,384 hp and 1,327 lb-ft of
torque.  This power is transmitted to each wheel
independently via a 2-speed dual-clutch system as part of an
AWD system.

The Croatian automaker uses four permanent magnetic electric
motors located at the center of each axle.

The motors are backed by an 82 kWh battery pack. The automaker
however didn’t say how long it takes to recharge the battery or
its range per charge. Rimac however disclosed that the battery
can be charged via a 22 kW AC on-board charger or a 120 kW fast
charger.

2016-Rimac-concept-s-NCI-6

2016 Rimac Concept S Geneva Motor Show

The huge output figures means the Concept S can hit 0-60 mph in
only 2.5 seconds and 186 mph in just 13.1 seconds with tops
speed of 227 mph, which is pretty impressive for an electric
car.

In order to boost the power output, the automaker sought to
make the model lighter, improve its aerodynamics and retune the
engine. To make it lighter, the automaker altered the process
of making its shell and removed some sound deadening materials.
The changes helped reduce 110 pounds from the Concept One.

The retuned AWTV system now calculates optimal torque
distribution between the wheels and applies the torque as
necessary. The motors are controlled individually. The system
also manages the vehicle’s traction and stability control and
electric ABS.

2016-Rimac-concept-s-NCI-3

Price and release date

The automaker didn’t reveal the price or release date of the
Rimac Concept S during its debut. However, when it comes out,
expect the model to retail at close to $ 1m if not more. Keep
it here for more updates. The Rimac Concept S will be a limited
release model just as its sibling.