It's even faster than their Formula One car.
It's been over two years since the Rimac C_Two prototype electric hypercar debuted at Geneva, but we're still waiting for the production version to be unveiled. Rimac was planning to unveil the production C_Two at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, but the event didn't exactly go to plan. Before production begins, Rimac has continued refining the C_Two and recently demonstrated how you'll still be able to drift the electric hypercar, despite it having an all-wheel-drive system. Only 150 examples of the Rimac C_Two are planned for production - and one of them will be owned by a former F1 world champion.
Rimac has announced that Nico Rosberg, who became an F1 World Champion in 2016, placed an order for the Rimac C_Two in early 2019 after viewing the car with the company's founder and CEO Mate Rimac. Nico visited the Rimac team in Sveta Nedelja, Croatia, to create a bespoke specification for his car, which will be delivered in 2021.
Since retiring from Formula One in 2016, Nico founded the Greentech Festival that celebrates green technology and invested in more than 20 mobility start-ups and the all-electric Formula E championship. Considering his passion for electric mobility and racing experience, the Rimac C_Two is the perfect car for Nico.
"For us, it's an honor that Nico chose to become a part of the Rimac Automobili family," said Mate Rimac, Founder and CEO of Rimac Automobili. "Nico is a great guy through and through - as a driver, sustainability entrepreneur, tech lover, and future-focused individual, he understands exactly what we want to achieve with the C_Two; simply, that we want to set new standards for performance by using advanced electric technology developed entirely in-house here at Rimac Automobili. The car we have created is built almost from the ground up by the team here in Croatia. And to have one of the world's best drivers give us the ultimate seal of approval on that design and engineering by buying one is an amazing feeling."
Despite the disruption caused by the pandemic, the development of the Rimac C_Two continues to progress. Rimac recently showcased its new production line in Croatia where all 150 C_Twos will be built. Former Aston Martin Chief Engineer, Chris Porritt, also recently joined Rimac as Chief Technology Officer.
When the final production Rimac C_Two arrives, it will be capable of hitting 0-100 mph in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 258 mph. With four electric motors producing a combined 1,914 horsepower and 1,696 lb-ft, the prototype shown at Geneva could also sprint from 0-62 mph in just 1.85 seconds - that's even faster than Nico's Formula One car, but Rimac claims the production version will offer even better performance.