Croatian electric hypercar developers Rimac Automobili have unveiled their new vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show today. Rimac says it is also working very hard to deliver a natural-feeling brake pedal - something that's very difficult to achieve when blending regenerative and friction braking.
The Rimac Concept Two has four electric motors; one for each wheel. Nevertheless, everyone scoffed at the figures touted by the Concept One, and as countless YouTube videos now show, Rimac does make damn fast cars. It has an electric motor at each wheel, allowing for four-wheel drive. The rear wheels are offered with a two speed gearbox, while the front gets a single speed gearbox.
This new model uses a 120kWh lithium battery and develops 1888bhp and 1696lb ft of torque.
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Like its drivetrain, the C_Two's chassis and body are all-new. The battery pack is integrated into the structure, while the rear subframe is also carbonfibre, with crash structures being a mix of carbon and aluminium. And then there is the active rear wing that can adjust minutely while the auto is in motion and turns into an air brake at the touch of a button.
The two-seater also features Level 4 autonomous driving - one level off full autonomy - as well as artificial intelligence. A "driving coach" function is integrated into the vehicle, which can provide you, videogame-style, with ideal racing lines, braking, turn-in and acceleration points, and other useful data around your circuit of choice - helping you build up your skills just as a real instructor might. Instead, it uses facial recognition to unlock the doors and to fire the engine. With 72 ECUs and 400 sensors, the Rimac C_Two could just be the most advanced supercar in this timeframe. To put that in perspective, it's more power than a Bugatti Chiron and Civic Type-R combined.
A torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system also helps improve dynamics, offering the capability to adjust rear torque bias to the point of turning it into a drift demon or set it to be traction-focused for regular driving in slick road conditions. "This is the vehicle I wanted the Concept_One to be from the start", Rimac tells us. Rimac is planning for a production run of 150 cars.