The hypercar wars are back... and all-electric.
No matter which era you grew up in, there was always a decade-defining battle to decide the ultimate hypercar. Just a few years ago, the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 duked it out to see which was the ultimate hybrid hypercar but before that it was the Ferrari Enzo, McLaren SLR, and Porsche Carrera GT doing battle to see which was the best analog experience.
The next era in hypercars is about to begin, kicked off by the new Rimac C_Two which was revealed at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. It looked like the Rimac would be in a league of one for a few years at least, but Lotus has just revealed its first all-electric hypercar called the Evija hailed as the most powerful production car of all time. So, which all-electric hypercar will reign supreme?
Buyers at this price range could likely care less about a few hundred thousand here or there but the battle between these two cars is already extremely close. Rimac has said the C_Two will cost around $2.1 million and the company plans to build around 180 examples, 30 of which will be used as prototypes for crash testing. Lotus has set Evija pricing at £1.7 million (around $2.2 million) plus duties and taxes. 130 examples will be built, making it slightly more exclusive than the Rimac, and you'll have to give a $311,000 deposit to reserve one. With options factored in, there will be almost no difference separating these two amazing cars on price.
Since neither car has been put to test on a race track, the manufacturers' claims will have to suffice for now. The C_Two has four electric motors (one for each wheel) and a 120 kWh battery combining to produce an astonishing 1,914 horsepower 1,696 pound-feet of torque. Rimac says the car will travel 343 miles on a charge and hit 60 mph in 1.9 seconds of 186 mph in 11.6 seconds.
The Evija only has two electric motors mated to a 2,000 kW lithium-ion battery producing 1,972 hp and 1,253 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful production car of all time. Lotus is conservative with the performance figures, saying 0-60 mph will take less than three seconds (duh), the top speed will be over 200 mph, and the range will be over 250 miles on a charge. Until both cars are pitted against each other in the real world, the numbers appear pretty close.
Both cars are incredibly pretty but the Lotus looks like it came from the year 2050. The Evija's lightweight carbon fiber body and monocoque chassis keep the car at just over 3,700 pounds. Every element of the exterior was designed for aerodynamics such as the lack of side mirrors (which will have to be changed in the US) and the active aero pieces. Those rear buttresses are so wild, they make the Ford GT look tame by comparison. The C_Two also uses a carbon fiber monocoque chassis surrounded by a sleek, lightweight body. There's no wrong choice between these two cars but the Lotus does provide more visual drama.
At this price range, we would be shocked if either car had an interior that wasn't perfect. Lotus, true to its motorsport pedigree, has crafted a more minimalist interior with visible carbon fiber surfaces and Alcantara covered racing seats. The only screen is a gauge cluster mounted above the F1-style steering feel while the center console includes an array of buttons. For the more pure driving experience, the Lotus looks more well-suited for track use.
By contrast, the C_Two's interior looks more tailored for luxury and daily driving. Like the Lotus, the Rimac uses dihedral doors, welcoming the driver into a more technology-focused interior with a large central touchscreen. In a cheeky message to The Grand Tour's Richard Hammond, who famously crashed a Rimac off a hill climb, the C_Two even comes with an available fire extinguisher option.
It has never been a better time to be a billionaire as multi-million dollar hypercars appear to be popping up left and right. If the established crop of cars from Bugatti and Koenigsegg have started to feel stale, Rimac and Lotus are about to change the game entirely. These two electric hypercars look to take performance into a new stratosphere, just like the LaFerrari, P1, and 918 did just a few short years ago. Both will also have to compete against the Pininfarina Battista and the gasoline engine won't go quietly into the night with the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Mercedes Project One on the horizon.