• Mate Rimac Talks Straight-Line Performance in The Rimac C Two

Mate Rimac’s in-depth introduction to the soon-to-be in production Rimac Concept Two

Rimac Automobili’s YouTube channel hits us with more details regarding the Rimac Concept Two’s straight-line performance. We already know that the Rimac Concept Two will be a very quick car. The combined power of its electric propulsion system is 1,914 horsepower (1,408 kilowatts) and 1,696 pound-feet (2,300 Nm). Mate Rimac – the founder of Rimac Automobili hits us with some new details about the hyper EV. We already know that, in a straight line, the C Two will be insanely quick. The 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) sprint takes just 1.85 seconds.

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In this video, Mate Rimac – the founder of Rimac Automobili talks about the development process of the Rimac C Two, which will have another name when it goes on sale. Being an innovator and entrepreneur, you may think of him as the Croatian version of Christian von Koenigsegg. In any case, he is keen on pointing out that, performance-wise, their second hyper EV is 85 to 90 percent complete, so what we know so far in terms of figures may be understated.

Some of the other stats we already know are the top speed, which is by far the highest of any EV – 258 mph (415 km/h). The range is equally impressive at 402 miles (647 km) on the NEDC cycle, and with fast charging, you get an 80 percent charge in less than 30 minutes.

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Mate is walking us through what’s in store for their Concept Two while sitting on an abandoned airfield, 30 minutes from the factory – a place where about 10 years ago he broke five FIA and Guinness world records with his green BMW E30.

He also mentions that the prototypes are currently running on Michelin Pilot Sport, which are normal road tires as opposed to a full-on racing tire.

With regards to performance, he also mentions that they are steadily increasing the torque output so that 1,696 pound-feet (2,300 Nm) figure will probably go up.

He also explains that in a week’s time, the performance output of the C Two will go up to around 98 percent. Throughout the development process, the guys from Rimac are using a Porsche Taycan Turbo S, so they have something to measure up against.

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“Never trust the manufacturer”, Mate Rimac says while getting ready to showcase the car’s acceleration and put that 1.85-second time to 60 mph to the test. He points out that the Bugatti Chiron is currently the quickest production vehicle at the quarter-mile. Before he sets off, he walks us through the torque vectoring settings and different modes. Race mode allows you to use 100 percent of the torque on both axles, while drift mode uses 100 percent of the rear axle torque and allows you to gradually increase front axle torque.

Once again, Mate points out that the test car uses around 85 percent of the performance and it does not have launch control yet. Despite that the numbers are as follows: 60 feet in 1.62 seconds, 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 2.42 seconds, 0 to 130 mph (209 km/h) in 5.81 seconds, 60 to 130 mph 3.4 seconds, 1,000 feet – 7.56 seconds at 153.62 mph (247.2 km/h), quarter-mile – 8.95 seconds at 156.19 mph (251.36 km/h). After a couple of more runs, the 0 to 60 mph time dropped to 2.33 seconds and the quarter-mile time went down to 8.94 seconds.

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Keep in mind that when the car is finished, it will have more torque, launch control, and more aggressive tires, so these numbers will be significantly better as the car gets closer to production. Having the Taycan Turbo S on-site, a drag race was inevitable.

Despite Rimac’s slow reaction time, the Croatian EV quickly flew past the Porsche, leaving it in the dust.

Thanks to the C Two’s constant internet connection, real-time telemetry data is instantly available (geeky stuff, here), which is very useful when developing a car.

Mate Rimac finishes the video, by announcing that the Rimac Concept Two will be officially unveiled in just a few months and, as shown in the video, will be not only the fastest EV ever made, but one of the fastest cars overall.

Rimac C_Two specifications
Battery capacity 120 kWh
Range per charge 340 mi (547 km)
E-motors 4
Combined power 1,914 hp
Combined torque 1,696 lb-ft
0-60 mph 1.85 s
Top speed 260 mph
Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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