| Rimac unveils new all-electric hypercar with specs just as crazy as Tesla’s new Roadster|
- Mar. 6th 2018 10:10 am ET
After a few months of teasing, Rimac has finally unveiled its latest all-electric hypercar with specs just as crazy as Tesla’s new Roadster.
According to the company, the ‘Concept_Two’ will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 1.85 seconds.
The acceleration is achieved thanks to the car’s four independent electric motors that can put out 1,914 hp and 2,300 Nm of torque.
Interestingly, the rear motors are equipped with a two-speed gearbox while the front motors are equipped with the more traditional single-speed gearbox for electric vehicles.
Those 4 motors are powered by 120 kWh of energy capacity held in two new battery packs capable of DC fast-charging with CCS Combo.
Rimac decided to go with Lithium/Manganese/Nickel chemistry in cylindrical 21700 cells, like the ones in Tesla’s Model 3. They are using 6,960 cells.
Here are a few images of the powertrain:
Aside from the 0-60 mph acceleration, the company also claims 0-100mph in 4.3 seconds and a quarter-mile in just 9.1 seconds, as well as a top speed of 258 mph (415 kmh)
Those times are extremely competitive with what Tesla announced for its next-generation Roadster unveiled last year.
Tesla arguably created a new benchmark for hypercars with the vehicle and Rimac reportedly updated its plans for the Concept_Two after seeing what Tesla had done with the new Roadster.
As for range though, the Concept_Two can’t compete with about half of the energy capacity in the Roadster.
The company claims a 650-km (403 miles) NEDC range to Tesla’s ‘range of over 620 miles’ (1000 km).
Where the vehicle could differentiate itself though, is through its capacity to maintain full power. Rimac says that its new hypercar can complete two full laps of the Nürburgring “with a negligible drop in performance”.
Rimac says that the C_Two can “load selected racetracks into its on-board systems via the ‘Driving Coach’ function, offering clear and precise guidance on racing lines, braking/acceleration points and steering inputs. A virtual driving coach with a very practical application and learning experience.”
In terms of design, we can clearly see the resemblance with the Concept_One, like with the side panels, but it also features an all-new front fascia, new doors, and more.
Something that has always been surprising for a relatively small startup like Rimac is that they have always been well-rounded in terms of performance, design, and convenience.
It’s hard to achieve with a relatively small team – though the company has been growing in recent years – but they seem to have done it again with the Concept_Two which features a stunning interior and user interface on top of the insane powertrain:
With the Concept_Two, Rimac is going autonomous. The company added a suite of sensors which they claim will eventually enable level 4 autonomous driving.
For now, it will offer driver assist features like collision risk prediction, automatic braking, evasive control, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist and fully adaptive cruise control.
Rimac hasn’t yet confirmed pricing or availability, but it is taking “inquiries” on its website for people interested.
A company executive previously said that it will cost more than the $1 million Concept_One and they plan to limit the production to 100 units.