Geneva Motor Show: The Rimac C_Two

Angelica Greene
March 9, 2018

But it is not just short bursts of acceleration or a ridiculous top speed that the Rimac is good at, it also has one of the highest possible ranges of any electric vehicle in existence today.

How fast? With 1,914-horsepower coming from four electric motors, the C Two can get to 60 miles per hour in 1.85 seconds to edge out the new Tesla Roadster's 1.9-second claim and reach a top speed of 258 miles per hour. The front wheels each get a single-speed transmission and each of the rear wheels has a two-speed gearbox using a carbon clutch. A staggering 650 kms on a full charge.

The Rimac C_Two makes 1887bhp and 2300Nm of torque (Yes, you've read it right!).

Because there's a motor for each wheel, the C_Two features R-AWTV, or Rimac All-Wheel Torque Vectoring, constantly varying the output of each motor according to driving conditions. An active front hood channels air from underneath the auto up from the bonnet and on towards the roof for extra down force. The vehicle gets an active rear wing which manages handling and functions as an air brake with just a touch of a button. You can't argue much about the design, which also features active aero flaps at the front, while the body is dressing up a carbon fiber monocoque and carbon subframe. The wheels are also aerodynamically created to reduce drag and downforce along with faster cooling brakes.

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In addition to all this, the Rimac C_Two is a Level 4 Autonomous vehicle. With 72 ECUs and 400 sensors, the Rimac C_Two could just be the most advanced supercar in this timeframe.

You could even make a case for the autonomy and infotainment systems - all developed in-house, of course, because Rimac isn't just a vehicle company but a technology one, creating and supplying solutions to global OEMs. With the help of 8 cameras, LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), 6 Radars, 12 ultrasonic sensors for lane assist and automatic braking, the Rimac Concept Two can drive on its own. This allows the C_Two to make use of "its prodigious torque", said Rimac. The navigation system can even load race tracks and deliver the video-game ideal racing lines and braking points.

It's easy to look at the incredible performance figures and range claim with a certain degree of scepticism, given they come from a fledgling Croatian manufacturer. The interior too is bespoke and can be customised to the owners tastes. But considering the performance figures it puts out, it will cost a pretty penny.

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