Rimac Automobili, an automobile manufacturing company established in 2009 in Zagreb, Croatia, grew out of its founder Mate Rimac’s garage hobby. The company’s primary objective was to build an electric supercar, starting, as Rimac put it, “with a blank sheet of paper”. Since electric systems for high-performance electric cars were not available on the market, the company developed the necessary parts and patented 24 innovations.
When Rimac’s 1984 BMW E30 blew its internal combustion engine during one of its races, he made it the company’s first test mule, fitting it with a 600 hp electric powertrain. This car, called the “Green Monster”, set five Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA)-sanctioned acceleration records in April 2011. This attracted the attention of the media and potential investors. He also created several more E30 electric model to sell, and after some success, went on to create his own car.
The Concept One was set to cost US$980,000 once the serial production started in 2013. A limited set of 88 units was to be offered. The Concept One had been tested and still needed some adjustments, and a new body was to be developed for production.
The car was introduced on the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, and also shown at the 2012 Paris Concours d’Elegance, where it received positive results.
The first car was delivered to an unnamed Spanish customer in January 2013. As of October 2014, eight cars have been manufactured and sold which was the entire production.
In early 2015 the Toroidion 1 MW concept took the title of world’s most powerful all-electric supercar away from the Rimac Concept One.
Rimac participated at the June 2015 Pikes Peak race with a 1,300 hp (1 MW) highly customised version called the E-Runner Concept_One. The vehicle took second place overall. The driver was the multiple Pikes Peak winner Nobuhiro Tajima.
The car was constantly evolving. then the final version was presented at the March 2016 Geneva Motor Show.