New video shows Rimac is working hard on the driver experience of its all-new EV hypercar.
The racetrack may not be the natural environment of the typical fully electric vehicle, but when the EV in question produces 1,914 horsepower and is claimed to hit 60 mph in a foolish 1.85 seconds, it makes perfect sense. The EV in question is the upcoming C_Two, a hypercar that's set to be unveiled in production form at the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show.
Rimac Automobili is rightly proud of its creation and, after first showcasing footage of the car in action on track late last year, the manufacturer yesterday shared another video of two prototype development vehicles at the Croatian Grobnik racetrack. The cars were having their various suspension settings and aerodynamic efficiencies evaluated.
It's an eerie thing watching an electric supercar capable of a 258-mph top speed circling a track with little more than a few tire squeals and a faint whine from the electric powertrain. Despite the unreal outputs and acceleration figures (0-186 mph is said to take just 11.8 seconds), the engineers of the C_Two are keen to point out that this car is about more than just speed.
"Although these cars are going to have almost 2,000 horsepower, we're really focusing on the driver experience," says Miroslav Zrncevic in the video. He is a test and development driver at Rimac. "The cars have to be drivable at normal speeds. We want the driver to feel all of the [driving] experience, from the seat up and also through the steering wheel and the brakes."
According to the description of the video, "testing will continue throughout 2020 to ensure that this car becomes a technical masterpiece from an engineering point of view." The C_Two is highlighted by a carbon-fiber monocoque and four independent electric motors. There are four gearboxes - a pair of independent two-speeders at the back and two single-speed units in front. The battery's capacity is 120 kWh and a range of 402 miles has been claimed.
For now, these track teasers are all we have to savor until we get behind the wheel of an electric hypercar that, on paper at least, appears all-conquering. It'll certainly challenge the likes of the upcoming Tesla Roadster, but can it offer a comparable driving experience to gas-powered supercars from Ferrari and Lamborghini? Time will tell.