Rimac Automobili is already subjecting the C-Two to intensive testing: In crash tests, the manufacturer destroys many of its prototypes. The electric hypercar will reach customers in 2021.
The Corona pandemic is also delaying the launch of the Rimac C-Two hypercar. The electric sports car was originally scheduled to debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, but the show was one of the first major European events to be cancelled due to the rampant Covid 19 virus. Instead, the Rimac C-Two, whose final name will be announced in late 2020, will be delayed until 2021.
Rimac C-Two for all relevant markets
Rimac continues to build prototypes for homologation and crash testing on a new production line at its Veliko Trgovišće plant. “We want this car to be intuitive and user-friendly, yet snappy and powerful,” Mate Rimac said several months ago. “This process of testing and refinement is critical to ensure we deliver on our promises.”
To prepare for the official crash tests, the e-sports car pioneer keeps conducting them itself, posting photos and videos of how they “successfully” went. In this way, the Croatians want to ensure that their first real production car can be approved for the road worldwide and sold in all major markets. “This is a nerve-wracking process for the whole team,” Rimac says. But also for those viewers of the crash video, who can roughly estimate how high the financial equivalent of the deliberate damage is.
Another model with “more punch
A total of 17 prototypes have been produced or are in production. Ten pre-series models will then roll off the production line. In total, it takes five weeks to produce a model. If the plant is working at full capacity, four customer cars are later produced per month.
But even though the Rimac C-Two hasn’t really hit the market yet, company boss Mate Rimac is already thinking about further model versions. “Future variants of the car will be race track focused,” he told Top Gear magazine. In its current state, he said, the C-Two is geared more toward comfort, with features such as electrically adjustable seats and tires suitable for everyday use. That leaves room for something “with more punch,” as our British colleagues correctly note.
Is Rimac planning to set the Nürburgring record?
Rimac’s statement was in response to the question of whether the Croatian electric car specialist is planning an attack on the Nürburgring record. “I would be interested, but maybe not with the C-Two.” After all, he said, the current record holders, the VW ID.R and Nio EP9, are race cars, and the Rimac is more like the reliable, daily-use electric hypercar.
Equipped with all kinds of measuring devices, the Rimac C_Two is currently doing development rounds in Nardo
The second sports car model from the Croatians is, of course, again powered purely by electricity. The C-Two is larger and even more luxurious than the Concept 1, but remains a two-seater. A maximum of 100 to 150 units of the C-Two are to be built, 20 of them in the first full year of production. The number of units is low, but the price is exorbitant. Rimac is talking about over one million euros.
With 1,915 hp to 412 km/h
Rimac has also upped the ante when it comes to the powertrain. Equipped with four electric motors, two per axle, the Rimac C-Two has an output of 1,408 kW – the equivalent of 1,915 hp – and a total torque of 2,300 Nm. This should enable the electric sports car to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just under two seconds, the 300 km/h mark is reached after 11.8 seconds, and a top speed of 412 km/h is stated. The necessary energy is provided by a 120 kWh battery pack. In standard mode, this should enable a range of 650 kilometers. The battery is charged via a fast charger – 80 percent in 30 minutes.