Croatian car manufacturer Rimac Automobili is perhaps best known for “that car Richard Hammond wrecked in,” when it deserves far more than that. But Rimac could finally leave that legacy behind, because its new car makes enough headlines on its own: The all-electric Rimac C Two is rated at 1,914 horsepower.
Rimac’s first Concept One supercar had about half the power of this new one, hitting 1,073 HP from its four electric motors, but could still obliterate Bugatti Veyrons, Porsche 918s, Teslas and LaFerraris on a drag strip.
But the C Two is a new breed of wild despite looking similar to the Concept One, with its four electric motors and different gearboxes: The front two wheels each use a single-speed gearbox, while the back ones use a more complicated two-speed gearbox to help with acceleration. Rimac claims the car’s nearly 2,000 HP and 1,696 lb-ft of torque will launch it from 0 to 60 mph in 1.85 seconds.
While 0-to-60 times are and will almost always be a bad, useless bragging competition, that’s way faster than a Bugatti Chiron or any Tesla on the road.
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The company also claims the car’s fast times don’t stop at 60 mph, and that it’ll get to 100 mph in 4.3 seconds and run a quarter mile in 9.1 seconds. That’s half a second faster than the NHRA-banned Dodge Challenger SRT Demon claims to go. If you’re into feeling really sick, Rimac says the C Two will accelerate to 186 mph in 11.8 seconds. The car will also top out at 258 mph. For reference, a speed limiter caps the Chiron off at 261 mph.
Speed isn’t the only place where the numbers are high: Rimac claims the new C Two’s range is 403 miles, whereas most modern EVs are hovering at around 200 miles or more on a charge. The complex parts make the C Two weigh in at about 4,299 pounds, or almost as heavy as a Mazda CX-9 SUV with all-wheel drive.
The car also claims Level 4 autonomy, which could be semi or fully autonomous depending on the scale. Rimac says it has “advanced autonomous capability,” not full. The car will also, apparently, generate six gigabytes of data per hour driven and have the computer power of 22 Macbook Pros on board.
Rimac says facial recognition can be the key to unlocking and starting the car up, and that it can read moods and react accordingly, like softening the ride if you’re anxious. It’s like a robot serving your every need while you also drive a car that can destroy most other cars in drag race.
The future sounds less bad in those terms. The sad part is, Rimac said the C Two would be faster, more luxurious and more expensive than its $1 million Concept One—meaning most of us will probably never get to touch one.