Rumor: The Geneva-Bound Rimac Concept Two Will Get a 120-kWh Battery, Level 4 Autonomy
Insane power is a given, but self-driving capability as well?by Jonathan Lopez, on
Rimac has made a name for itself as the go-to manufacturer for over-the-top all-electric performance, all thanks to its insane Concept One mega machine. Now it looks like the Croatian brand is once again stepping up its game with a second-generation supercar, and rumor has it’ll get juiced by an upgraded 120-kWh battery. Not only that, but it’s possible the coupe will come with highly advanced Level 4 autonomous capability as well.
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The Concept Two is rumored to come packing with a 120-kWh pack, which means we may see as much as 1,500 horsepower from this beast.
Since 2013, Rimac has been all over the news thanks to the exploits of the Concept One. Between demolishing well-established gas-powered supercars in various drag events, racing to the clouds for a second-place finish at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and nearly killing Richard Hammond, this low-and-wide speed slab has been seemingly everywhere over the last few years.
But now the calendar is telling me it’s 2018, which means Rimac is overdue for a second-generation of its absurd battery-powered performer. As such, the Croatians are bringing the Concept Two to the Geneva International Motor Show next week, and word has it it’ll be every single shade of over-the-top.
First up on list of upgrades – more power. While the Concept One manages 1,073 horsepower and 1,200 pound-feet of torque thanks to its 90-kWh battery and four electric motors, the Concept Two is rumored to come packing with a 120-kWh pack, which means we may see as much as 1,500 horsepower from this beast.
That’ll make it even faster, besting its predecessor’s 0-to-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds and top speed of 221 mph. We’re thinking around 2 seconds flat for the former and more than 230 mph for the latter.
Furthermore, our friends over at Autocar report that the Concept Two will get Level 4 autonomous driving capability, which means it’ll be able to get you from A to B without any input from the human pilot whatsoever. Of course, technology like that raises a few questions over legality, as regional laws have yet to really catch up with advanced tech like that.
A self-driving supercar is a bit odd, at least from our point of view. Packing the tech into a commuter sedan or SUV makes sense, but a supercar with well over 1,000 horses? That's something you'd want to actually drive yourself, no?
The other issue is that a self-driving supercar is a bit odd, at least from our point of view. Packing the tech into a commuter sedan or SUV makes sense – those were made to do the daily grind, something to which self-drivers are well suited. But a supercar with well over 1,000 horses? That’s something you’d want to actually drive yourself, no?
Either way, it’s looking like the Concept Two is a direct response to the reveal of the Tesla Roadster 2.0 this past November. While still several years out from full-fledged production status, the California-bred Roadster promises Rimac-matching specs like a 1.9-second 0-to-60 mph time, plus absurd numbers like 10,000 Nm (7,376 pound-feet) of torque and a top speed of 250 mph.
It also goes without saying that the Tesla will come with the very latest in self-driving tech.
We’ll learn more about the Rimac Concept Two after its debut in Switzerland next week, but until then, check out our full speculative review.
Read our full review on the 2017 Rimac Concept Two.
Read our full review on the 2017 Rimac Concept One.
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