Rimac Teases the C Two Hypercar Again as it Moves Into the Prototype Phase
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.
The Production Version of the Rimac C Two Debuts in Geneva Next Year, But Under What Name?
Mate Rimac is surely taking his time with the development of the road-legal car based on the stunning Rimac C_Two. The thing is, the Croatian upstart is also taking its time when it comes to finding a name for the all-electric hypercar. As it turns out, Mr. Rimac and his marketing staff will change the C_Two name into something else, but at this point, we don’t know what that might be. What’s more, they don’t have the slightest idea either.
The Rimac C Two Shows Off New Livery at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show
Rimac, the crazy Croatian company behind the world’s most powerful EV, arrived in Geneva with a different C_Two than the grey one shown last year when the model was officially released. This time, we got to see how well white covers the curves of the 1,914 horsepower hypercar and, to put it shortly, it looks amazing.
Rimac shook the supercar establishment when it launched the C_One (or Concept One) seven years ago at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Now, one year after the world premiere of the ludicrous C_Two, we get more info on the automaker’s progress with the car that’s not out on the road yet although it’s already been sold out despite costing $2.09 million and many expecting owners forking out an extra $600,000 on options.
The Geneva Motor Show Is Where The Fastest Of The Fast Strut Their Stuff
If you ever need a reminder that yes, we are indeed living in a golden age of performance automobiles, just check out the list of debuts heading to this year’s Geneva International Motor Show. Specs and figures that would have been considered outlandish and silly just a few decades ago are now becoming the norm, as million-dollar, 1,000+ horsepower monster machines seem to litter the Palexpo convention center floor in 2018. Here are some of the highlights.
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The Rimac C Two Is An Electron-Powered Destroyer Of Internal Combustion
In the war between new-school electric power and old-school gas burners, the battery camp just got one very heavy-hitting new recruit. Say hello to the Rimac C Two, a machine that looks to put traditional supercars on notice with its outrageous performance potential and state-of-the-art technology.
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Rumor: The Geneva-Bound Rimac Concept Two Will Get a 120-kWh Battery, Level 4 Autonomy
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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2019 Rimac C Two
At this point, it’s impossible to deny Rimac’s presence among the fastest of the fast in the automotive world. The Croatian brand first made a splash back in 2013 when it released its very first production vehicle – the Concept One. By 2014, all eight units of the limited production run were sold. In 2015, Rimac brought its EV speed slab to Colorado with the intention of competing in the very difficult Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, managing to take home a second-place trophy in the process. More recently, the Rimac has been featured as the upstart challenger lined up to take out more traditional street-legal internal combustion-powered supercars, and so far, its triumphed every time. Then there was that time Richard Hammond wadded one into a tight ball of flaming metal in a hill climb contest. The point is this – in the five or so years its been on the market, the Rimac Concept One has been making waves, and it has now established itself as the go-to for superlative all-electric performance. As you might expect, Tesla isn’t having it. In November of 2017, the California brand unveiled its own supercar killer – the Roadster 2.0, claiming such astronomical specs as 1.9 seconds in the 0-to-60 mph test and 10,000 Nm (7,376 pound-feet) of torque. Thing is, Tesla is gonna need to hurry up and get the next Roadster on the road, because Rimac already has an answer. Dubbed the “Concept Two” (Rimac is expected to give it a “real” name soon), this next-gen EV monster will take battery performance to a whole new level, with ever-higher four-figure output numbers and a 0-to-60 mph that looks to break into the high 1-second range, not to mention highly advanced self-driving tech.
The Rimac Concept Two promises to be a game changer in just about every way, and might have the Tesla Roadster 2.0 beat before it can even rolls off the production line. We should know more when Rimac drops the details at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show next week, but until then, read on for our full speculative review.
Update 3/12/2019:We’ve updated this review of the 2019 Rimac C_Two with fresh images taken during the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Check them out in the gallery at the bottom of this page!
Rimac Teases its New Hypercar for Geneva; Say’s it’s "Alive with Technology"
We know that Rimac is presenting a new supercar at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. We know very little beyond that, but the Croatian automaker is giving us a new glimpse of what we can expect courtesy of a short teaser video. The video lasts all of nine seconds, but it was more than enough for us to see sections of the supercar that we weren’t privy to in the past. In so many words, holy smokes.
2016 Rimac Concept S
Remember that all-electric supercar known as the Rimac Concept One that debuted back in 2011? Well, Rimac came to Geneva this year, and it brought a new take on the Concept One, dubbing it the Concept S – the Concept One’s “evil twin.” To put it simply, the car has better aerodynamic qualities, more horsepower, more torque, and less weight, along with Rimac’s All Wheel Torque Vectoring system.
According to Rimac, this evil twin has been “tailored to deliver the style and comfort of a GT car,” with improvements to the car being based on the experience learned from the Rimac e-Runner’s amazing performance at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race in 2015. Even the inside of the car, specifically the infotainment system has been revised to make this concept the ultimate all-electric race car.
Founder and CEO of Rimac, Mate Rimac, said, “We wanted to use the experience and knowledge from the Pikes Peak and offer our customers a unique, racelike experience. The Concept_S pushes the levels of performance to the extremes. Focusing on performance, the set-up of the R-AWTV_S system has been adapted to give the driver the ability to use the maximum out of the tires and aerodynamics. Telemetry data is helping the driver to perform better, just like on GT-racecars.”
So let’s take a close look at Rimac’s new baby and see just what made it worth bringing to the Geneva Auto Show.
2017 Rimac Concept One
Electric vehicles are on the rise. The statement works figuratively if you consider the recent proliferation of new EV models and technology, but it also works literally considering the results from the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Crowding the podium at last year’s “Race to the Clouds” was a duo of all-electric racers – a first in the event’s nearly century-long history. One of those cars was the E-Runner Concept_One, a joint effort by Japanese racing driver Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima and Croatian EV-builder Rimac Automobili. Incredibly, Rimac is now gearing up to release a production version of the Concept_One, and it’s packing sensational styling, a lovingly crafted interior, and output figures with four digits.
As you can imagine, the road here hasn’t been an easy one. Rimac took five years to create the production-ready Concept_One, following an initial reveal in 2011 with four ground-up redesigns. Practically everything on the car was conceived, developed, and manufactured by Rimac in-house.
“My goal was to not to [sic] create an electric version of existing supercars,” said Mate Rimac, CEO of Rimac Automobili. “I wanted to create technology to make the supercar considerably better in every regard – faster, more fun and more efficient. I wanted to make the supercar of the 21st century.”
Simply put, this is Rimac’s magnum opus, a technological tour de force in every sense. But is the world’s first all-electric hypercar really ready for primetime?
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