Let’s get the big digits out of the way: Rimac claims the C_Two, the follow-up to the Concept_One supercar, will have 1888 horsepower, 1696 lb-ft of torque, and a top speed of 258 mph. We’re told it also can bolt from zero to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds, cover a quarter-mile in 9.1 seconds, and can travel 404 miles on a charge (on the New European Driving Cycle). The most recent Concept_One boasted 1207 horsepower, 1180 lb-ft of torque, a 221-mph top speed, a zero-to-60-mph time of 2.4 seconds, and 205 miles of range. So it’s obvious the Croatian company has been hard at work, but there’s a much smaller number with just as much importance: 150, which is the number of cars Rimac hopes to build for actual customers. If the Concept_One was just a demo, the C_Two is the debut single.
The C_Two made its debut at the Geneva auto show. The car was built from the ground up just outside Zagreb, Croatia. The design, which also was done in house, takes an evolutionary approach but has a new level of polish that makes it seem like a new car. It maintains the concept’s key distinguishing features, such as the body-length side pocket and the shape of the headlights (which now have 58 LEDs), but also adds new elements such as dihedral doors, an advanced rear wing, and aerodynamic wheels that one might expect to see on a hybrid.
Rimac bills the C_Two as a grand-touring hypercar that is meant to blend track capability with comfortable road manners. Part of this dual personality is the ability to shift the car’s aerodynamic profile to enhance handling or efficiency. In Low-Drag mode, the C_Two has a claimed drag coefficient of 0.28. There are active aero flaps in the hood, the front splitter, and the rear diffuser; the articulating rear wing can act as an active air brake; and the car’s underside is completely smooth and flat.
Structurally, the C_Two utilizes a carbon-fiber tub with a rear substructure and roof, both of carbon fiber, bonded to it. Its body is 100 percent carbon fiber, too. The 120.0-kWh battery pack, which is a stressed element of the structure, has 6960 liquid-cooled lithium-ion cells. That pack feeds four permanent-magnet, oil-cooled electric motors, one for each wheel. The front wheels are driven by independent direct-drive gearboxes, while the rears employ two-speed boxes, required no doubt to achieve the Vmax that Rimac claims. Independent motors for each wheel grant the C_Two all-wheel torque vectoring (R-AWTV), and a dial inside the cabin can control the torque bias in 10 percent increments.
The R-AWTV is just one of numerous advanced systems aboard the C_Two. The car also has facial recognition instead of a key, a laptop- or smartphone-accessible machine-to-machine (M2M) system that can beam 500 channels of telementry to a laptop or smartphone, a driving-coach feature that can instruct how to drive on different tracks, and semi-autonomous safety features delivering autonomy up to Level 4. The C_Two is equipped with eight cameras, lidar, six radars, and 12 ultrasonic sensors.
Inside, much of this tech is displayed via one of six screens, with three of those being high-definition TFT displays. Three are integrated into dials (all switchgear is made of billet aluminum), while another in front of the passenger displays information such as speed, drive mode, and range.
As indicated in the name, the C_Two drops the concept feel of the company’s first supercar and offers a much more complete package—and a monster one at that. The company claims the car can be sold globally; we’ll see whether Rimac can make the next leap, from concept car to production ready to actual sales.