The seriousness of Rimac Automobili in developing the Rimac C_Two is not to be doubted. In fact, the Croatian car manufacturer is currently employing 200 full-time engineers to complete the new electric hypercar as soon as possible.
We know at a glance the challenges faced by the company in building its second product after hearing what Mate Rimac said to Road & Track. At least 30 C_Two prototypes need to be built to make the validation process go faster.
Weight is one of the main obstacles. The target set by Rimac turned out to be quite difficult to realize. To overcome this, the automaker will replace around 222 milled aluminum chassis inserts with 3D-printed titanium ones, meaning that the project cost will increase by $34,000. Fortunately, this doesn’t seem like a big problem for Rimac.
The replacement must be completed in the next few months, because crash testing is scheduled to begin in two or three months. Rimac decided to use a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis for the C_Two. For the first time, it will carry an integrated battery pack. All elements of the chassis are one unit, including the battery cells used by the car.
The C_Two structure is different from the one used by supercars like the Bugatti Chiron and Porsche 918. Yes, they also feature a carbon-fiber monocoque, but the front and rear subframes are attached, while the Rimac hypercar’s suspension is mounted to a full part of carbon chassis.
Rimac has overcome the high development costs by collaborating with Automobili Pininfarina, so that the costs can be cut in half which will make them lighter to bear. The Germany-based high-performance EV maker paid $91 million to Rimac to get access to the C_Two’s powertrain and architecture which will be used in the forthcoming Battista supercar as well.
Rimac is confident that its new electric powertrain that produces almost 2,000 hp can make an exact copy of nearly any handling character produced by other cars. So the C_Two and Battista will truly be impressive vehicles.
Next year, the Rimac C_Two will be rolled out at a price of $2.1 million and the production will be limited to only 150 units. The hypercar’s electric powertrain combines four electric motors and – to be more precise – it will make 1,888 hp and 1696 lb-ft of torque. The all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring will make sure that driving will never be boring, especially when there’s a fully adjustable torque split as well. Regarding the energy, the C_Two will rely on a big 120 kWh battery pack.
Not only is this hypercar not for those who don’t have $ 2.1 million, but it’s also not for the faint-hearted. The C_Two can sprint from 0-60 mph in just 1.85 seconds, and it clears 100 mph from standstill in just 4.3 seconds. The top speed is a staggering 258 mph (412km/h). This amazing performance is backed by a 404-mile range provided by the high-capacity battery. But overall, Mate Rimac has a different way of describing the C_Two. “It’s not just performance, it’s not just the numbers. It’s a tour de force of everything”, he says.