Tesla Roadster may have had an impact here.
Croatian electric supercar company Rimac is readying a car to be shown at the Geneva motor show, but important statistics have been leaked ahead of time. A confidential source has revealed that the ‘Concept Two’ will pack an enormous battery, and offer level-4 autonomy out of the box, a first for the ultra high-performance segment.
The ‘Concept Two’ has already been confirmed for a Geneva motor show debut, and we’ve been given a peak at it via a rather dark teaser video. Autocar reports that the targets for the Rimac ‘Concept Two’ were realigned following the debut of the Tesla Roadster. The American drop-top claims to be able to complete the century sprint in just 1.9-seconds, while carrying a 200kWh battery pack.
Rimac COO Monika Mikac was the first person to officially confirm the incoming Concept Two, which promises to be more comfortable and more luxurious than the Concept 1, though it’ll remain a strict 2-seater. Mikac also made it abundantly clear that ‘Concept Two’ is just a working title.
The Concept Two (we don’t know what else to call it) will offer even greater performance than the already unbelievable numbers provided by the Concept One. And while only 8 Concept One’s were built (plus a further two track-restricted Concept S variants), the Concept Two is being slated for a 100-unit production run, with 20 units expected to be sold in the first year.
According to Mikac, the Concept Two will be “in a league with Pagani, Koenigsegg, and Bugatti,” with prices expected to exceed the $1.77-million price tag commanded by the Concept One. Further, the 2 will be produced with a selection of variants, with a standard coupe arriving first, followed by cabriolet and track variations within a few years of launch.
Rimac might be a relatively new name to the hypercar industry (as far as actually making cars is concerned), but they cut their teeth as suppliers to come of the most demanding companies in the world. The batteries of the Aston Martin Valkyrie will come from Rimac, as well as is infotainment system, while the mind-bendingly fast Koenigsegg Regera also owes thanks to the Croatian firm for its energy storage too.
Rimac’s Concept One blew us away when it was first shown at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, and continued to wow us when it arrived in production form in February last year. An all-electric powertrain supplied no less than 800kW of power along with 1600Nm, capable of rocketing the sharply-styled Rimac from rest to 100km/h in just 2.6-seconds, before hitting its top speed of 355km/h.
Rather interestingly for an electric car, the Rimac had a double clutch two-speed gearbox mounted at the rear, whereas the front axle got a more familiar single-speed unit. Both axles have torque vectoring technology that is so precise, the Rimac Concept One is capable of offering understeer-biassed, oversteer-biassed, and neutral driving modes, depending on where the mood takes you.
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