Rimac Teases the C Two Hypercar Again as it Moves Into the Prototype Phase
Judgment day is coming as production-spec C_Two hypercar gets called up for a Geneva 2020 debutby Kirby Garlitos, on LISTEN 00:50
The Rimac C_Two all-electric hypercar has been in our lives in some form or fashion over the past few years. But just as the development of the C_Two has taken some time, the bounty is about to be dropped now that the Croatian hypercar is nearing production form. Production-spec prototypes of the C_Two are now out and about as Rimac continues to perform a series of tests ahead of the production version’s highly anticipated debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. A total of 17 different prototypes have been made, each serving a different testing purpose, including chassis rigidity and high-performance autonomous driving development. Tests will continue over the next few months as Rimac builds up to the production C_Two’s debut in Geneva in March 2020.
Years in the making
The Rimac C_Two has come a long way in such a short time.
First introduced as a concept vehicle at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the C_Two was initially tagged as an all-electric hypercar with semi-autonomous capabilities.
It was, as Rimac described it, a “car alive with technology,” though our description of it as an “electron-powered destroyer of internal combustion” seems more apt.
The version of the C_Two that Rimac unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show was an early concept. The Croatian automaker returned to Geneva in 2019 to showcase a more evolved version of the same concept. It was still a concept, sure, but it did come with some nifty improvements, mostly of the aesthetic variety. Naturally, developing a car that’s supposedly as technologically advanced as the Rimac C_Two is going to take some time.
In his own words, Rimac described the company’s goal in creating the C_Two: “We are working hard to shape this car exactly how we imagined it: a new breed of hypercar that unlocks the extreme performance of the electric drivetrain and new driving experience for the driver.”
Testing and development moving along
Before we all get excited about the RImac C_Two’s coronation at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, there’s still that important business of actually testing and developing the car to the point of production quality. Rimac isn’t there yet, but it’s moving along smoothly. From the initial developmental steps undertaken more than a year ago, the Croatian automaker has progressed in the development of the C_Two to a point where 17 prototypes of the all-electric hypercar have been built.
Mind you, these 17 prototypes are more than double the total production volume of the C_Two’s predecessor, the Concept One, of which only eight units were produced. That tells you how serious Rimac is in developing the C_Two as a worthy successor to the Concept One. The number of prototypes Rimac has built is staggering, at least if you take it in the context of the purpose of each of these prototypes.
No two prototypes of the C_Two are built the same.
Each one is built to test and develop a specific aspect of the C_Two, whether it’s the car’s electric powertrain, chassis, and autonomous driving technology. There’s a prototype built to tackle one purpose. All of this is part of Rimac’s goal to create an electric hypercar that’s more than the sum of its parts, and the process of testing and refining all these parts is crucial to the company’s goal of delivering on its promise to turn the electric performance car world upside down. It’s exciting to think about, isn’t it?
What can we expect from the production Rimac C_Two?
As guarded as Rimac has been in the development of the C_Two, one cat that’s been out of the bag for a long time now is the amount of power the all-electric hypercar will generate. From the onset, Rimac has said that the C_Two will be powered by four liquid-cooled permanent magnet synchronous electric motors, one on each wheel of the car. The four motors will produce a staggering 1,914 horsepower and 1,696 pound-feet of torque and all that power will be sent to all four wheels of the car. Granted, no official performance figures have been released, but Rimac claims that in full production form, the C_Two hypercar is capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in a mind-boggling 1.85 seconds. If that ends up being the actual time the C_Two sets, it would become the fastest-accelerating car in the world. The C_Two’s top speed has also been pegged at 258 mph, making it one of the fastest production cars in the world.
|Battery Pack Capacity||120 kWh|
|Range Per Charge||340 miles|
|0-60 mph||1.85 seconds|
|Top Speed||260 mph|
From a power and performance perspective, the Rimac C_Two delivers on the hype. But it’s not just an all-electric hypercar, too. It’s also an all-electric hypercar that Rimac is developing with semi-autonomous driving technology in mind. Yes, a hypercar that was created for driving engagement can also be left alone on the road to drive itself. In order to achieve that, Rimac is setting up eight cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors, a pair of lidar units, and six radar sensors to handle the driving duties when the right conditions are met. The automaker’s goal with all the technology the C_Two is packing is to generate eight terabytes of data each hour, thus unlocking, or at least potentially unlock, level 4 autonomous driving.
This is the kind of technology that Rimac promised when it described the C_Two as a “car alive with technology.” If testing and development proceeds without any delays, we can expect to see the C_Two in full production guise at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show before the hyper eventually gets sent to all the customers who have already paid $2.6 million for the chance to own one.
Rimac only plans to build 150 units of the C_Two, or whatever name it ends up getting once the production model takes Geneva by storm.