2018 Geneva Motor Show: The Rimac C_Two

Croatian hypercar maker unveils the C_Two; a 412km/h, 1408kW beast with figures startling enough to make even the fastest supercars take notice

2018 Geneva Motor Show The Rimac C Two

1.85 Seconds. That’s all it takes for the latest creation from Croatian hypercar manufacturer Rimac to blast to 100km/h. And it does it without the drama of internal combustion.

The C_Two is powered by four electric motors that together deliver 1408kW and 2300Nm, and propel the car to a claimed top speed of 412km/h. The drivetrain features all-wheel torque-vectoring (R-AWTV) that can shift torque to the front or rear wheels and even support drifting.The front wheels are fed via two single-speed transmissions, while the rear has dual, two-speed gearboxes. According to Rimac, the 120kWh lithium-manganese-nickel battery pack provides a 650km range and can be charged to 80 percent in just 30 minutes.

The chassis is a carbon monocoque incorporating a carbon subframe, with electronically damped double-A-arm suspension and electronically adjustable ride height. The body features active aerodynamic flaps, while stopping power comes from 390mm carbon-ceramic brakes and six-piston calipers. Despite the extensive use of carbonfiber, the C_Two weighs in at 1950kg, about as much as an Audi RS7 Performance.

Tech wise; the C_Two includes facial recognition, voice control, telemetry data recording and even a virtual driving coach that can display racing lines and braking points in real-time on whatever racetrack the car is on. Furthermore, Rimac also claim the car has “level 4 autonomous technologies”, which in layman’s terms means it can drive itself.

The interior is minimalist yet features a luxurious trim combination of carbonfibre and suede,
reflecting Rimac’s goal of creating a luxurious grand tourer it says is “in league with Pagani, Koenigsegg and Bugatti”.

Rimac has also a sense of humour. The high-profile crash of their breakout model, the Rimac Concept One at the Hemburg Hill Climb in Switzerland by Grand Tour presenter Richard Hammond, saw the vehicle burn to the ground. This has prompted the inclusion of a fire extinguisher in the C_Two, with a small plaque that says: “IN CASE OF HILL CLIMB, EXTINGUISH FIRE”.

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. Nevertheless, everyone scoffed at the figures touted by the Concept One, and as countless YouTube videos now show, Rimac does make damn fast cars.

Unlike the Concept One, that was limited to just eight production models and two track-only variants, the C_Two will have a production run of 100 vehicles. The price is yet undisclosed but expect a multi-million-dollar price tag. 


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