Sunday, April 15, 2018

Rimac’s Concept Two Hypercar 1.914 Horses


Will Rimac’s  Euros 1,6 million / $2 Million Concept Two Hypercar Live Up to the Hype?
A total of 1,914 horses will purportedly propel the vehicle from zero to 100 kph /60 mph in 1.85 seconds and allow it to reach 415 kph / 258 mph.
Croatian supercar maker Rimac Automobili lists some pretty spectacular specs for its Concept Two hypercar. Zero to 100 kmh / 60 mph acceleration in 1.85 seconds. Zero to 100 mph in 4.3 seconds. Quarter-mile sprinting in 9.1. And top speed? Well, that would be 415 kph / 258 mph. All courtesy of electric motors delivering a mind-bending 1,914 hp and 1,696 ft lbs of torque.

Yes, it’s all too easy to dismiss the audacious performance claims as pie-in-the-sky hyperbole. Especially as this $2 million, carbon-fiber two-seater has yet to spin a wheel in anger. Yet to ignore Rimac and its 30-year-old visionary Mate Rimac, is to do so at your peril. This is the company that has already demonstrated its technical prowess with a run of 1,224 hp Rimac Concept One electric supercars.

This is also the company that recently inked a deal with Shanghai-based battery giant Camel Group to build a $158 million electric motor and battery plant in China. And the company that has been providing electric know-how for Koenigsegg’s Regera, Aston Martin’s Valkyrie, and Jaguar Land Rover’s electric E-Type Zero.
According to Rimac Automobili, the 1,914 hp Concept Two will tear from zero to 60 mph in 1.85 seconds.  
If all goes to plan—and it is still a big “if”—the Rimac Concept Two (or C_Two in Rimac-speak) will be a true technical tour de force when the 150-car production run kicks off in 2020.

Featuring a completely carbon-fiber chassis, and a carbon body with huge butterfly doors, the C_Two’s dramatic shape is the work of Rimac design chief, Adriano Mudri. Its active aero elements include adjustable front and rear diffusers, a flat floor, and a variable-angle rear wing that can act as a full air brake—useful for those stops from 415 kph / 258 mph.

Providing electrical juice to the car’s quartet of electric motors is a 120kWh battery pack containing 6,960 lithium manganese nickel cells. Fully-charged, these are said to be good for a daily-driving range of 650 km / 400 miles, or two full laps of the Nürburgring at max power. When plugged in to a fast charger, the battery pack should regain 80-percent capacity in thirty minutes.
The Rimac Concept Two features a carbon body with massive butterfly doors.  Photo: Courtesy Rimac Automobili.

To sharpen the car’s handling there is all-wheel torque vectoring along with double-wishbone suspension (featuring electronically controlled dampers and active ride height adjustment). Massive 15.4-inch carbon-ceramic rotors clamped by six-piston calipers provide the stopping power.

Naturally, Rimac could not resist adding a few more high-tech touches. The C_Two is being designed to deliver Level 4 autonomous driving capability, courtesy of its eight cameras, six radar emitters, a dozen ultrasonic sensors, and LiDAR light detection and ranging. Mate Rimac claims that the car will have the equivalent computing power of 22 MacBook Pros. But don’t go looking for a simple key to pop-open the doors or power-up the motors; the C_Two utilizes facial-recognition cameras.

Only weeks after the C_Two’s global reveal at the Geneva auto show, almost all 150 cars were reportedly spoken for. And despite the car’s Euro 1,6 Million / $2 million sticker price, it seems buyers are spending, on average, another Euros 486.300 / $600,000 in options.
 Photo: Courtesy Rimac Automobili.
















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