If You Turn Off The Electric Aids, the Rimac C_Two Can Do All Kinds of Tricks

Croatia’s very own all-electric hypercar maker Rimac is busy making the C_Two, a semi-autonomous, 1914-horsepower rival to anything the established bunch has to offer.

While we wait to see how a C_Two off the production line really feels like, the company teases us with the car’s myriad of features out of which, obviously, we picked this one because you know as well as we do that 1,696 pound-feet of torque doesn’t mean much unless it can all be translated into clouds of tire smoke.

The meetings at Rimac seem like fun

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When Rimac Automobili unveiled the C_Two at the 2018 Geneva Auto Show we gasped once again, just like we did when the company’s previous model, the Concept One, broke cover.

This time, though, Rimac had upped their game considerably to the point that not only does the C_Two shape up to be a benchmark in the EV hypercar niche but also Rimac seems to be en route to building a separate business out of selling its technology - after all, the Pininfarina Battista is made in the same factory and features the same underpinnings.

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The Croatian company has been keeping us up to date with what’s been happening over at their facility through its social media posts and regular video uploads but none is more fun than one of the shortest video Rimac’s ever uploaded. At under a minute, it is more telling than half-hour videos from other manufacturers because it tells us that A) internal meetings at Rimac seem like fun, and B) the Rimac is also fun.

In what seems like a very meme-friendly exchange, the Rimac’s R&D team discusses the implementation of torque-vectoring in place of traditional traction control systems before the point arises on whether or not the car can, actually, drift.

While you wouldn't necessarily associate a sleek, low-slung hypercar with the sort of back-end-out shenanigans that a BMW M3 pulls, you would expect that a car with almost 1,700 pound-feet of torque can scorch its rear tires in an instant if that's what you want it to do.
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Rimac’s people agree with the idea that the car should be bundles of fun out on track when you turn all of the assists off and proves it by showing one of the test mules get loose in a short sequence shot from the back. The clouds of tire smoke soon fill the entire frame and it all ends as quickly as it began but, at least, the question’s been answered. Sure, you’d argue that the angle wasn’t insane but we bet once Chris Harris gets a hold of a Rimac, he’ll find a way to throw it every which way for our communal enjoyment.

But this is just a small, tiny fraction of what the Rimac C-Two can do. In fact, the C_Two is maybe a genuine jack of all trades among really fast EVs (Tesla notwithstanding until the Roadster finally pops up).

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For starters, its figures are mind-numbing: 1,914 horsepower, 1,696 pound-feet of torque and 0-60 mph in 1.85 seconds. Thanks to a liquid-cooled Lithium Manganese Nickel battery with 120-kWh capacity, the C_Two can even complete 0-100 mph accelerations without a fuss (over and done with in 4.3 seconds) while 0-186 mph is delivered in 11.8 seconds. To put it into perspective, the Koenigsegg One:1 is a tenth slower while the Regera is a whole half a second slower. Audi’s Le Mans-winning R18 Quattro LMP1 prototype, meanwhile, is slower by a full second.

Rimac C_Two Performance And Powertrain
Battery Pack Capacity 120 kWh
Range Per Charge 340 miles
Electric Motors four
Combined Horsepower 1,914
Torque 1,696 pound-feet
0-60 mph 1.85 seconds
Top Speed 260 mph
With a battery like that, the Rimac is touted as being able to complete two laps of the daunting northern loop of the Nurburgring, the 14-odd-mile-long Nordschleife, without meaningful loss of performance.

That also means it can complete many more laps of shorter tracks thus making the Driving Coach configuration and its HUD that can display various circuits for you and show you how you’re doing not redundant.

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Maintaining performance as the battery starts to run dry has historically been one of the biggest challenges an EV has had to face and the Rimac seems to be more than prepared to deliver consistent performance level for more than a couple of laps on ordinary tracks. Helping the car to reach what must be insane times is also the active aero package with the wing and other flaps moving to increase downforce or, if needed, reduce drag.

Talking about tech gizmos, the Rimac is heaven for every tech-savvy person out there. From the triple-screen displays inside to the semi-autonomous driving mode (up to level 4 autonomy), the C_Two is a step into the future. The driving modes, too, are clever in that the onboard AI reads the road and the weather and changes the modes on the go to best suit whatever’s going on.

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The finishings inside are top-notch with billet aluminum switchgear being the more throwback-esque piece among carbon fiber inlays. Safety-wise, the Rimac is impressive as well with collision risk prediction, automatic braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keep assist among others. Keeping a watchful eye on your surroundings are eight cameras, two lidar sensors, six radar emitters and twelve ultrasonic sensors.

With a range of 402 miles on the NEDC cycle, the Rimac can be a cross-country cruiser - if you don’t want it to be a track beast. Via fast charging, the battery reaches 80% in just 30 minutes so the stops in between highway dashes shouldn’t be too long. It all comes, however, at a staggering cost as the Rimac C_Two’s MSRP is $2 million. Worry not, however, as all of the original 150 build slots (we don’t know if more C_Twos will be built) have been spoken for - all gone within three weeks of its reveal.

Michael Fira
Michael Fira
Associate Editor and Motorsport Expert - fira@topspeed.com
Mihai Fira started out writing about long-distance racing like the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. As the years went by, his area of interest grew wider and wider and he ever branched beyond the usual confines of an automotive writer. However, his heart is still close to anything car-related and he's most at home retelling the story of some long-since-forgotten moment from the history of auto racing. He'll also take time to explain why the cars of the '60s and '70s are more fascinating than anything on the road today.  Read full bio
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