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PostHeaderIcon Rimac C_Two California Edition

Not content with blowing us away with the Rimac C_Two, the electric supercar brand took to the Peterson Automotive Museum to showcase a special edition version of the C_Two, called the California Edition. The limited-run electric supercar mixes all the mind-numbing features and qualities of the C_Two and adds room for…two champagne bottles. There’s no word yet on the availability of the C_Two California Edition, though expect it to be a tad more expensive than the $1.2 million standard version.

PostHeaderIcon Rimac C_Two California Edition Pops the Champagne In Monterey

Unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the spectacular Rimac C-Two received the special-edition treatment for the Monterey Car Week in California. Dubbed California Edition — what else, huh? — the supercar is actually identical to the version we saw four months ago save for the attention-grabbing blue exterior and a revised trunk.

PostHeaderIcon Porsche Buys Into the Most Unexpected Automaker and it Could Help Improve its Electrification Strategy

Proving that it has established itself as a legitimate company in the auto industry, Rimac Automobili has sold 10 percent of the company to Porsche. Details of the German automaker’s investment in the Croatian electric supercar brand and technology company have yet to be specified, but the writing on the tea leaves point to it revolving around electrification, specifically with high-voltage battery technology and electric powertrains.

PostHeaderIcon Richard Hammond’s Accident Helped Rimac Sell Three Cars The Exact Same Day

 Rimac Concept One at Top Marques Monaco

It’s been almost a year since The Grand Tour’s Richard Hammond barely escaped with his life after crashing a Rimac Concept One. It was a tumultuous one for a lot of people, but apparently, the crash turned out to be a blessing of sorts for Rimac. Despite losing one of its $2.1 million machines because of the crash, the accident, and the subsequent media exposure it received, helped the company sell three units that same day.

PostHeaderIcon The Geneva Motor Show Is Where The Fastest Of The Fast Strut Their Stuff

If you ever need a reminder that yes, we are indeed living in a golden age of performance automobiles, just check out the list of debuts heading to this year’s Geneva International Motor Show. Specs and figures that would have been considered outlandish and silly just a few decades ago are now becoming the norm, as million-dollar, 1,000+ horsepower monster machines seem to litter the Palexpo convention center floor in 2018. Here are some of the highlights.

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2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro


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Starting things off is this otherworldly creation from the folks over at Aston Martin. Dubbed the Valkyrie AMR Pro, it’s a track-only version of Aston’s already outrageous, barely street-legal supercar, and it twists the knob to 11 before breaking it off entirely. This track-only version once again takes its inspiration from the endurance racers that compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as the ground-bound spaceships of Formula 1, rocking aero that looks like it was developed in the future, plus a lightweight, stripped-down attitude that tips the scales at just over 1,000 kg (2,204 pounds). It’s also got a hybrid 6.5-liter V-12 with over 1,100 horsepower, improving on that coveted one-to-one power ratio. Expect a 0-to-60 mph time under 2.5 seconds, as well as a huge amount of downforce to keep it glued to the track.

Read our full review of the 2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro.

McLaren Senna GTR


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Not to be outdone, McLaren was also in Geneva with its own track-focused supercar this year. It’s called the Senna GTR, one-upping the immensely impressive P1-successor that was revealed last December. Upgrades include more power, and while the Senna GTR might not break the 1,000-horsepower mark (Aston says it’ll still make “at least” 814 ponies), the 1,000 kg (2,205 pounds) of downforce the bodywork can create should cement its position as an absolute terror on any racing circuit.

Read our full review of the 2019 McLaren Senna.

2018 Zenvo TSR-S


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This one is actually street legal, believe it or not. Slotting just below the track-only TSR, the TSR-S (“S” stands for street) offers all the go-fast stuff as its apex-hunting big brother, but in a package you can still take to the mall (legally, at least). Carbon fiber everything and a barebones interior spec underline its sporting intentions, while a trick active rear wing adds even more rear-end stick thanks to a centripetal left-to-right tilt. Making it go is a twin-supercharged V-8 making upwards of 1,177 horsepower, enabling a 0-to-62 mph run in 2.8 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited at 202 mph.

Read up even more on the 2018 Zenvo TSR-S

2019 Bugatti Chiron Sport


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You could make the argument that Bugatti is responsible for sparking the modern age of performance excess that we all currently enjoy. You see, back in the early 2000’s, Bug unveiled the Veyron, a quad-turbo 8.0-liter W-16 ocean-of-go making around 1,000 horsepower. The Veyron completely reset the supercar playing field, and now, the French automaker is once again probing the limits of what’s possible on four wheels with the Chiron Sport. Output is rated at 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque, the same as the standard Chiron, but the Sport version makes better use of it thanks to improvements to the steering, dampers, and AWD torque vectoring system. The Sport also cuts out around 40 pounds of excess weight. All of this goodness can be had for a cool $3.3 million.

Read even more about the 2019 Bugatti Chiron Sport!

Techrules Ren RS


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Now we’re really cooking with gas, or should I say, diesel. The racer you see here is called the Ren RS, and it’s a track-only variant of the cutting-edge Ren street machine released in 2017. This time around, the brains behind its creation stripped it down and beefed it up, prepping it for duty at the circuit with new, more efficient carbon bodywork. It’s also got a diesel micro-turbine powerplant and six electric motors laying out a combined 1,287 horsepower and 1,725 pound-feet of torque.

Read up on all of the finer details of the 2018 Techrules Ren RS.

Rimac Concept Two


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While the Bugatti Chiron Sport represents the ultimate evolution of performance technology from the past, the Rimac C Two represents where we’re headed and the performance of the future. Offered as a follow-up to the incredible Concept One, the C Two is all-electric speed incarnate. The numbers on this things beg belief – 1,914 horsepower and 1,686 pound-feet of torque, all of which is routed to the ground via four electric motors and four independent gearboxes. Put your foot down, and you’ll find 60 mph in a scant 1.85 seconds. Keep it pinned to the carpet, and you’ll reach a top speed of 258 mph. And don’t stress too much about range either, because the onboard 120-kWh battery pack can provide enough juice to propel you over 400 miles between plug-ins. When it comes to electron-powered performance innovation (and indeed, performance in general), the C Two is the tip of the spear.

Read our full review on the 2018 Rimac C Two.

PostHeaderIcon Tesla Roadster 2.0 vs the Rimac C_Two – Did Rimac Just Beat Tesla To The Punch?

Active aerodynamic elements

The world went gaga when Tesla dropped a surprise debut of its next-gen Roadster last November, with analysts and speed fans alike drooling over the claims made by the high-tech EV sports machine. Some of the numbers and specs seemed insane for a street-legal road car, but with an official on-sale date still several years away, there was time for the rest of the industry to catch up. Now, it looks like the Tesla just got one-upped before it could even hit the road, as Rimac dropped the C Two in Geneva with a list of numbers capable of delivering a K.O. punch to the upcoming Roadster 2.0.

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There’s a lot to learn about these machines, with both offering performance and technology that looks to break new ground. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what each has in terms of the exterior, interior, and powertrain to see how they stack up.

Exterior Style And Aero

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“The Tesla Roadster 2.0 arrives to the party boasting a sleek speed slab profile, while the Rimac incorporates far more details and curves.”

Let’s kick things of the with Tesla Roadster 2.0, which arrives to the party boasting a traditional speed slab profile. The stance is low and wide, with flared fenders and huge wheels front to back giving it a poised, ready-to-pounce attitude. The lines are sleek and menacing, while thin headlights and taillights bookend a centrally placed greenhouse.

It’s definitely an original design, and one of the most aggressive we’ve ever seen from the California-based company. It’s also functional, with active aero elements in place to help it stick.


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“Dimensionally speaking, the C Two appears to be larger.”

By comparison, the carbon-clad Rimac is also quite low and wide, with a central cockpit and flared fenders, but the similarities end there. Dimensionally speaking, the C Two appear to be quite a bit larger, while the style incorporates far more details and curves than the Tesla. There are wings and intakes everywhere on this machine. There’s also more drama thanks to the butterfly doors, while the plus-sized rollers incorporate concave wheel covers to enhance the aero efficiency. LED lighting can be found at both ends, and there’s loads of active aero elements, much more than you get on the Tesla.

Interior Spec And Tech

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“Step into the Tesla, and you’ll be met with a simplified cabin design that’s almost antiseptically clean. By comparison, the Rimac is far more plush.”

Step into the Tesla, and you’ll be met with a simplified cabin design. The shapes are solid throughout, with curves and geometric structures that lend it a spacey kind of vibe. It’s also almost antiseptically clean. The steering wheel is small and rectangular, while passengers are help in place by large seat bolsters. Brushed metal and carbon are used for the materials.

A plethora of large digital readouts are on hand for infotainment purposes, including a prominent touchscreen that makes up the majority of the center console, and there’s a G meter that can be used to monitor your performance driving stats. There’s also a 2+2 seating arrangement and several compartments for storage. Up top is a removable targa roof to let in some extra fresh air, and although Tesla didn’t specify, the Roadster 2.0 should come with a host advanced self-driving tech.

Moving over to the Rimac, we find a much more plush cabin space. Carbon is used for the dash, with rounded gauges added here and there to provide the driver with critical info. Leather and Alcantara are used for the upholstery, and billet aluminum is used for the switchgear.

In addition to the screen in the center console, there’s five other screens scattered around the cockpit, including an all-digital gauge readout behind the flat-bottom steering wheel. The tech load-out is on point, with facial recognition rather than a traditional key, plus there is the usual assortment of autonomous safety systems, including automatic braking, evasion control, blind-spot monitoring, lane-sleep assist, and adaptive cruise control. There’s even a “Driving Coach” that helps you perform better in the track. Seating is limited to two passengers, but Rimac insists there’s enough cargo room to bring luggage on an extended getaway, framing the C Two as a “true grand tourer.”

Powertrain And Performance


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“Both machines offer four-figure output, 0-to-60 mph times under 2 seconds, and top speeds over 250 mph.”

Slick styling and sweet tech are all well and good, but we’d be lying if we didn’t say the most important feature of both these vehicles was the performance.

Once again, let’s begin with the Tesla, which comes equipped with three electric motors total, with one in front and two in the rear. That gives it AWD grip and advanced torque vectoring handling. Juicing the motors is a 200-kWh battery. All told, Tesla claims the 2020 Roadster makes an astonishing 10,000 Nm (7,376 pound-feet) of torque, which is the kind of number you’d expect from an aircraft, not a two-door sports car.


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“All that juice means the Tesla can hit 60 mph in 1.9 seconds,100 mph in 4.2 seconds, and the quarter mile in 8.9 seconds”

All that juice means the Tesla can hit 60 mph in 1.9 seconds,100 mph in 4.2 seconds, and the quarter mile in 8.9 seconds. Top speed is rated at more than 250 mph, and it’ll go a whopping 620 miles per charge.

On to the Rimac, which offers its own mind-melting stats. Under the floor is a liquid-cooled 120-kWh battery, which sends many many electronics to the four dual permanent-magnet oil-cooled electric motors. Each motor is connected to its own individual gearbox, and there’s infinitely variable all-wheel torque vectoring and carbon ceramic brakes to assist in the handling department.

Output for the C Two is rated at over 1,900 horsepower and 2,300 Nm (1,686 pound-feet) of torque. Rimac also says it’ll do the 0-to-60 mph shimmy in 1.85 seconds and achieve a top speed of 258 mph. Stay off the skinny pedal, and it’ll offer 404 miles of range as well.

Tesla’s Ace In The Hole

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“There’s one very big difference between the 2020 Tesla Roadster and Rimac C Two – the price.”

While we could draw similarities between these two machines all day long, there’s one very big difference between the 2020 Tesla Roadster and Rimac C Two – the price.

While the Rimac will fetch upwards of seven figures, the Tesla is priced at a much more reasonable $200,000 for the base model, or $250,000 for the fancy first edition “Founder” series model.

That’s a massive difference, and buyers will need to do a pretty major judgement call when lining these two against one another.

Conclusion

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Note: 2020 Tesla Roadster pictured on the left, Rimac C Two pictured on the right.

“Here’s the real key differences between these two – the Rimac is here now, while the Roadster 2.0 is still several years away.”

It goes without saying that the 2020 Tesla Roadster
and Rimac C Two are both absolutely incredible machines. Both look very impressive and come with a cutting-edge suite of technology, and both go like hell from the word go.

There are a few differences to point out, though. For starters, the Rimac takes the styling drama to new heights thanks to the butterfly doors and extra speed-cue styling, plus the advanced active aero makes the thing feel truly alive. We’d argue the Rimac’s interior is also far nicer than the that of the Tesla, although we’d expect the Roadster to win out in terms of autonomous features (and headroom too).

Speed-wise, these things are pretty much matched evenly. The acceleration contest will come down to real-world conditions, drivers, and individual cars. We’d expect more or less the same thing in terms of handling, although we’ll have to see if the Tesla can edge out its competition thanks to a smaller size and lower curb weight.

But here’s the real key differences between these two – the Rimac is here now, while the Roadster 2.0 is still several years away. At the same time, the Rimac ismuch more expensive.

So, if it was your money – which would you rather have?

References


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Read more about the 2018 Rimac Concept Two.


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Read our full review on the 2020 Tesla Roadster.

PostHeaderIcon The Rimac C Two Is An Electron-Powered Destroyer Of Internal Combustion

In the war between new-school electric power and old-school gas burners, the battery camp just got one very heavy-hitting new recruit. Say hello to the Rimac C Two, a machine that looks to put traditional supercars on notice with its outrageous performance potential and state-of-the-art technology.

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No doubt about it – the Rimac C Two is an absolute monster in a carbon fiber skin. The specs on this thing beg belief, and the technology in play is absolutely cutting edge, so let’s break it down and see how the Croatians managed to one-up the previous standard of insanity that was the Concept One.

2018 Rimac C Two Exterior


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“Once again, we find an ultra-low, ultra-wide stance, with a central greenhouse and massive fenders in a classic slab-‘o-speed look.”

Outside, the C Two utilizes all-new styling, but the Rimac DNA is ever-present and obvious. The look was penned in-house, and appears to advance the aesthetic first laid out by the Concept One. Once again, we find an ultra-low, ultra-wide stance, with a central greenhouse and massive fenders in a classic slab-‘o-speed look. Oodles of carbon fiber can be found everywhere. This time around though, the C Two incorporates more details than the Concept One, with tons of little wrinkles, winglets, and vents throughout.

We think it looks great, offering an excellent blend of form and function. In the sides, we find a trio of long blue lights just ahead of the rear wheel, while the classic Rimac “tie” shaped indent connects the front and rear fenders. This side intake not only adds style, but it’s also used to draw in fresh air for the rear-mounted cooling system.

Butterfly doors add the appropriate look for entry and exit. The wheels are an interesting look as well. Rather than the thin multi-spoke design we’re used to seeing on a sports car, the C Two uses large, concave wheel covers that enhance the aerodynamics by reducing turbulence along the sides of the vehicle. Rimac says the design also sends cool air to the ceramic brakes mounted underneath.

High-intensity LED lights are used front and back. The headlights are composed of a hand-built collection of 58 individual LEDs, and even include their own ventilation system. The taillights also incorporate air-outlet tunnels for the advanced aero set-up.


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“The aero package includes an active front hood, which draws atmosphere in through the nose, then out through vents up top.”

Speaking of which, the aero package includes an active front hood, which draws atmosphere in through the nose, then out through vents up top. Along the way, the air is manipulated by active flaps inside the hood that change the aero profile, altering the coefficient of drag as needed for either more cooling or more efficiency.

The same is true for the front splitter, which uses active elements to either enhance the aero efficiency or the cooling effect. When running in its “low-drag” mode, the C Two manages a cD of 0.28, beating out the Toyota Mirai, but falling short of the 0.24 of the Model S. It’s good, but not great. But hey – we’d rather have these jaw-dropping good looks over a slightly more efficient coefficient of drag.

The rear spoiler adds to the list of active aero elements, rising up to create more downforce, then lowering again to reduce drag and increase overall top speed. The wing will also tilt forward and act as an air brake to slow the car under heavy braking, much like we’ve seen on various McLaren models.

The flat underfloor leads to a Venturi-effect rear valence. You’ll find further active flaps back there as well, which can act to cool the battery pack even further as needed.

2018 Rimac C Two Interior


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“If we were to describe the interior of the Rimac C Two in two words, they would be “space chic.””

Step through those butterfly doors (Rimac says the C two uses facial recognition rather than a traditional key), and you’ll be met with an all-digital interior, with carbon fiber and Alcantara covering most surfaces, plus billet aluminum applied to the various switch gear.

If we were to describe the interior of the Rimac C Two in two words, they would be “space chic.” The layout reminds us a bit of a more thoughtful, futuristic Ferrari, with its carbon construction and rounded components complimented by numerous digital screens.

Speaking of screens – there’s six of them total. There’s even a digital readout for the co-driver that provides “a sophisticated semi-gaming experience not seen before on a production car.” We’re not exactly sure what that means, but it sounds pretty cool.


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“If you plan on taking the C Two to the track, you can load up the on-board “Driving Coach,” which will provide help with the racing line, braking points, and steering inputs.”

As you might expect, there’s a bevy of autonomous driving assists on hand, including automatic braking, evasion control, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. Enabling these systems is an array of sensors, including eight cameras, two lidar detectors, six radar emitters, and 12 ultrasonic sensors.

What’s more, if you plan on taking the C Two to the track, you can load up the on-board “Driving Coach,” which will provide help nailing the racing line, hitting those braking points, and even managing part of the steering inputs. Complimenting the coach are more than 500 channels of telemetry.

The Rimac C Two comes with space for two passengers, with seating provided by electrically adjustable highly bolstered sports seats. You can even bring your luggage along thanks to the multiple storage configurations in front and in back, and as such, Rimac is calling this thing a “true grand tourer.” Believe it or not, it’s got the range to back that.

2018 Rimac C Two Powertrain And Performance


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“Here’s a number for ‘ya – 1.85 seconds to hit 60 mph with a one-foot roll-out. Here’s another one – 258 mph at the top end.”

Let’s just jump straight to the good stuff, shall we?

Here’s a number for ‘ya – 1.85 seconds to hit 60 mph with a one-foot roll-out. Here’s another one – 258 mph at the top end.

Those are simply outrageous numbers for any car, let alone an all-electric street-legal two-seater with Alcantara in the cabin.

Making those numbers possible are two other crazy figures – 1,914 horsepower and 2,300 Nm (1,686 pound-feet) of torque, all of which comes courtesy of a liquid-cooled 120-kWh battery pack mounted under the floor. The pack connects to four electric motors, one per corner, making for AWD grip. The motors are a bespoke dual permanent magnet design with oil cooling and a 97-percent efficiency rating. Interestingly, each motor connects to its own individual gearbox, which helps the Rimac achieve both that ridiculous 0-to-60 mph time its incredibly high top speed. Two single-speed units are used in front and a pair of two-speed gearboxes can be found in the rear.

The chassis is a carbon fiber monocoque with a bonded carbon fiber roof, while the battery pack is integrated with the structure for added strength. The crash structures are made from aluminum and additional carbon.

Pirelli provides the rubber with a bespoke P Zero compound and design. Additional agility is provided by infinitely variable all-wheel torque vectoring.

Finally, the C Two offers as much as 650 km (404 miles) of range, besting just about everything else currently on the market.

Conclusion


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The C Two looks to be an absolute game changer, and not just in the EV segment. Between the onboard tech and mind-boggling performance specs, this machine has the goods to take on the best of the best.

Well done, Rimac.

References


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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Rimac Concept Two.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Rimac Concept One.


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PostHeaderIcon Rumor: The Geneva-Bound Rimac Concept Two Will Get a 120-kWh Battery, Level 4 Autonomy

Rimac has made a name for itself as the go-to manufacturer for over-the-top all-electric performance, all thanks to its insane Concept One mega machine. Now it looks like the Croatian brand is once again stepping up its game with a second-generation supercar, and rumor has it’ll get juiced by an upgraded 120-kWh battery. Not only that, but it’s possible the coupe will come with highly advanced Level 4 autonomous capability as well.

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“The Concept Two is rumored to come packing with a 120-kWh pack, which means we may see as much as 1,500 horsepower from this beast.”

Since 2013, Rimac has been all over the news thanks to the exploits of the Concept One. Between demolishing well-established gas-powered supercars in various drag events, racing to the clouds for a second-place finish at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and nearly killing Richard Hammond,
this low-and-wide speed slab has been seemingly everywhere over the last few years.

But now the calendar is telling me it’s 2018, which means Rimac is overdue for a second-generation of its absurd battery-powered performer. As such, the Croatians are bringing the Concept Two to the Geneva International Motor Show next week, and word has it it’ll be every single shade of over-the-top.

First up on list of upgrades – more power. While the Concept One manages 1,073 horsepower and 1,200 pound-feet of torque thanks to its 90-kWh battery and four electric motors, the Concept Two is rumored to come packing with a 120-kWh pack, which means we may see as much as 1,500 horsepower from this beast.

That’ll make it even faster, besting its predecessor’s 0-to-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds and top speed of 221 mph. We’re thinking around 2 seconds flat for the former and more than 230 mph for the latter.

Furthermore, our friends over at Autocar report that the Concept Two will get Level 4 autonomous driving capability, which means it’ll be able to get you from A to B without any input from the human pilot whatsoever. Of course, technology like that raises a few questions over legality, as regional laws have yet to really catch up with advanced tech like that.


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“A self-driving supercar is a bit odd, at least from our point of view. Packing the tech into a commuter sedan or SUV makes sense, but a supercar with well over 1,000 horses? That's something you'd want to actually drive yourself, no?”

The other issue is that a self-driving supercar is a bit odd, at least from our point of view. Packing the tech into a commuter sedan or SUV makes sense – those were made to do the daily grind, something to which self-drivers are well suited. But a supercar with well over 1,000 horses? That’s something you’d want to actually drive yourself, no?

Either way, it’s looking like the Concept Two is a direct response to the reveal of the Tesla Roadster 2.0 this past November. While still several years out from full-fledged production status, the California-bred Roadster promises Rimac-matching specs like a 1.9-second 0-to-60 mph time, plus absurd numbers like 10,000 Nm (7,376 pound-feet) of torque and a top speed of 250 mph.

It also goes without saying that the Tesla will come with the very latest in self-driving tech.

We’ll learn more about the Rimac Concept Two after its debut in Switzerland next week, but until then, check out our full speculative review.

References


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Read our full review on the 2017 Rimac Concept Two.


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At this point, it’s impossible to deny Rimac’s presence among the fastest of the fast in the automotive world. The Croatian brand first made a splash back in 2013 when it released its very first production vehicle – the Concept One. By 2014, all eight units of the limited production run were sold. In 2015, Rimac brought its EV speed slab to Colorado with the intention of competing in the very difficult Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, managing to take home a second-place trophy in the process. More recently, the Rimac has been featured as the upstart challenger lined up to take out more traditional street-legal internal combustion-powered supercars, and so far, its triumphed every time. Then there was that time Richard Hammond wadded one into a tight ball of flaming metal in a hill climb contest. The point is this – in the five or so years its been on the market, the Rimac Concept One has been making waves, and it has now established itself as the go-to for superlative all-electric performance. As you might expect, Tesla isn’t having it. In November of 2017, the California brand unveiled its own supercar killer – the Roadster 2.0, claiming such astronomical specs as 1.9 seconds in the 0-to-60 mph test and 10,000 Nm (7,376 pound-feet) of torque. Thing is, Tesla is gonna need to hurry up and get the next Roadster on the road, because Rimac already has an answer. Dubbed the “Concept Two” (Rimac is expected to give it a “real” name soon), this next-gen EV monster will take battery performance to a whole new level, with ever-higher four-figure output numbers and a 0-to-60 mph that looks to break into the high 1-second range, not to mention highly advanced self-driving tech.

The Rimac Concept Two promises to be a game changer in just about every way, and might have the Tesla Roadster 2.0 beat before it can even rolls off the production line. We should know more when Rimac drops the details at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show next week, but until then, read on for our full speculative review.

Continue reading to learn more about the Rimac Tesla Roadster Competitor.

Exterior

  • Speed wedge style
  • Carbon fiber everywhere
  • Advanced aerodynamics
  • LED lighting
  • Coupe at first, but roadster later?


“Side vents and creases move the atmosphere through openings in the tail, while the centrally placed greenhouse balances the proportions, hinting at the car's 50:50 front-to-back weight distribution and low center of gravity.”

Rimac has been teasing us about its next supercar for a while now, with videos like this one and this one showing quick shots of the upcoming speed machine obscured by shadow. We just couldn’t wait to see it in the metal, so we went ahead and rendered what we thought it would look like.

The overall style is similar to that of the Concept One, with a wedge-like stance that emphasizes the low and wide dimensions through voluptuously curving body panels. The front end is almost U-shaped thanks to its ultra high fender flares, while the headlights pull back along the sides of the vehicle and towards cabin. LEDs for the daytime running lights and forward projection are pretty much a sure thing. A small front intake and blade-like side intakes help to direct the atmosphere where necessary, with carbon fiber elements breaking up the painted bits with a little composite goodness. A lower chin splitter leads to a flat underbody.

In the side, we find monstrous wheels with a rolling pin-esque width, wrapped in uber-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. Side vents and creases move the atmosphere through openings in the tail, while the centrally placed greenhouse balances the proportions, hinting at the car’s 50:50 front-to-back weight distribution and low center of gravity.


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“Don't bother looking for exhaust tips.”

Moving to the rear, we will likely find LED taillights set in a squared-off, short tail. A lower diffuser element terminates the flat undertray, while further carbon panels add the requisite sporty weave. An active spoiler in the rear will provide more downforce when needed, and retract into the body to make for a slipperier shape when it’s not. And oh yeah – don’t bother looking for exhaust tips.

While the Concept Two will initially be released as a hard-top coupe, we would expect the next Rimac to get a convertible version sooner or later, and possibly even some kind of 2+2 seating arrangement even further down the line. Maybe.

Interior

  • Only two passengers at first
  • Lots of customization opportunities
  • Carbon fiber and billet aluminum
  • Digital readouts in the console and gauge pod
  • High level of autonomous capability

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Note: Rimac Concept One pictured here.

“While still an incredible performer, the Rimac Concept Two will also be relatively plush, and it'll get the latest bits of upscale infotainment gear to keep the occupants adequately informed and entertained.”

While a 2+2 seating arrangement could be developed later in the Concept Two’s life cycle, the initial batch will definitely only accommodate two passengers maximum. That said, customizability will be high on the Rimac’s list of priorities, and it’ll offer oodles of high-end materials and unique color schemes to choose from. Alcantara and leather will cover much of the layout, while billet aluminum will be used for the switch gear, pedals, steering column levers, and more. Carbon fiber will also play a major role.

While still an incredible performer, the Rimac Concept Two will also be relatively plush, and it’ll get the latest bits of upscale infotainment gear to keep the occupants adequately informed and entertained. A large touchscreen in the center console will provide much of the inputs, while also providing detailed readouts on stuff like energy consumption, performance data, and the like. A digital gauge layout will be found behind the steering wheel for further critical info (road speed, etc.).

Finally, Rimac is saying the Concept Two will get highly advanced self-driving capability, and will even be able to pilot itself with zero input from the driver if desired. That’s a very desirable feature, especially lined up against the high-tech Tesla, and for those times when you just want to get there, it’s pretty much unbeatable. That said, it remains to be seen how the self-driving capability will play out against the backdrop of changing regional laws.

Drivetrain

  • 1,500 horsepower and 1,700 pound-feet of torque
  • 120-kWh battery
  • Four electric motors
  • Advanced torque vectoring
  • Low 2-second 0-to-60 mph time
  • Top speed of 230 mph
  • 300 miles of range

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Note: Rimac Concept One picture here.

“The four electric motors will not only provide the gobs of traction needed to lay down the mind-boggling output numbers, but should also help the heavy-hitter slice and dice thanks to advanced torque vectoring.”

The Rimac Concept One provides quite the baseline, making an incredible 1,072 ponies and 1,180 pound-feet of twist right out of the box. Besting numbers like that is no easy feat, but the Concept Two looks to once again hit the reset switch on what we think is possible from an electron-powered street car.

For starters, the Concept Two will once again employ four electric motors for motivation, mounting one per wheel for an electric AWD system. This will not only provide it with the gobs of traction needed to lay down the mind-boggling output numbers, but should also help the heavy-hitter slice and dice thanks to advanced torque vectoring.

Juicing the motors will be a more potent 120-kWh battery, which will be mounted low in the chassis, just below the driver and passenger. Stamp the long skinny pedal on the right, and the set-up will make well over 1,000 horsepower and 1,000 pound-feet of torque – we’re guessing around 1,500 horses and 1,700 pound-feet of torque is definitely in the realm of possibility. With all that extra go, the Concept Two should hit 60 mph in the low 2-second range, possibly even breaking into the 1-second realm, just like the Tesla Roadster 2.0 claims. Top speed will be around 230 mph.

Numbers like that beg belief, but that’s where we’re at these days.

The Concept Two should also provide over 300 miles of range, but that’s a number that is heavily dependent on conditions and driving style. Plus, who does their daily to-and-fro in a million-dollar EV, anyway?

Prices


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Considering the Concept One cost around $1 million,
it wouldn’t be surprising to see a seven-figure price tag attached to this next-generation vehicle as well. And while the Concept One was limited to eight units max, its success could prompt Rimac to produce much more of the Concept Two. We’re thinking upwards of 10 to 20 units total, especially if a new drop-top body style is in the cards.

Competition

Tesla Roadster 2.0


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The Roadster 2.0 is the new EV performance benchmark, and it isn’t even in production yet. But that’s how it goes when Tesla releases a new model – every move is analyzed and judged, even if its just some boasting in a pre-production debut. Either way, if Tesla can follow through on its promises, the Rimac Concept Two will have some serious competition on its hands. With a 1.9-second 0-to-60 mph time, a top speed of 250 mph, and a quarter mile time of 8.9 seconds, this thing can move (or at least that’s what Tesla is saying). Power will come from three electric motors and a 200-kWh battery, which the California automaker says can motivate the 2+2 Roadster a total of 620 miles between plug-ins. It’s also much cheaper than the Rimac, priced between $200,000 and $250,000. Of course, the Roadster 2.0 is still at least two or three years away, so Rimac might have a head start here.

Read our full review on the 2020 Tesla Roadster.

Nio EP9


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Next up on our list of outrageous EV sports machines is the Nio EP9. Hailing from China, the EP9 takes its inspiration from the ground-bound spaceships that compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans, rocking an aero-styled carbon fiber exterior and composite-shell interior. This thing looks and feels much more like a racer compared to the Tesla and Rimac, and its got the specs to match, producing a megawatt of power (1,341 horses, to be exact) and 1,092 pound-feet of torque. Its four electric motors are connected to four independent gearboxes, enabling it to hit 60 mph in 2.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 195 mph. While a bit slower in a straight line compared to the above two vehicles, this thing can handle with the best of ’em, even setting several track records, including blazingly quick times at the Nurburgring and Circuit of the Americas. Pricing is over seven figures at around $1.2 million.

Read our full review of the 2019 Nio EP9.

Conclusion


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We’re said it before, and we’ll say it again – we’re living in some strange, fast times. The EV revolution is gaining steam, and performance models like the Rimac Concept Two are adding some serious electron fuel to the fire. This latest salvo in the battery-powered speed war is a big one, and it looks to dominate the segment for several years to come. At least until something faster comes along.

We’re still waiting on the final details, so check back next week when the Rimac Concept Two debuts at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show.

  • Leave it
    • * Absurdly expensive
    • * Competition is ramping up

References

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Read our full review on the 2017 Rimac Concept One.


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PostHeaderIcon Rimac Shows Its Second-Generation Hypercar In Short Teaser Video

Between destroying the conventional lineup of supercars in various acceleration tests and, uh, being destroyed by Richard Hammond in a fiery hill climb crash, the Rimac Concept One has garnered huge attention for itself over the past few years. Now, Rimac Autombili is once again gearing up for a flurry of attention, as the Croatian brand just dropped a new teaser for its second-gen ground-bound spaceship.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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First put into production in 2013, the Rimac Concept One is the brand’s very first offering. With production limited to just eight units total, each of which carries a price tag around the $1 million mark, these things are as rare and expensive as they are fast.

And man, are they fast. Thanks to a set of four high-powered electric motors, one per wheel, the Concept One manages to lay down an impressive 1,072 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to slingshot the two-door to 62 mph in just 2.6 seconds, 124 mph in 6.2 seconds, and 186 mph in 14.2 seconds. It’ll also top out at 221 mph.

As a reminder, the Concept One competes with the likes of the Nio EP9, as well as the Tesla Roadster 2.0 (or at least it will, once the Tesla finally makes it into full production status).

This thing is simply absurdly fast, and it looks good too, like some low-slung, ultra-wide, inter-dimensional planet-hopper. Indeed, we consider the Rimac Concept One to be a guiding light when it comes to our collective all-electric performance future. And that’s why we’re standing up and paying attention now that Rimac is teasing us with its second model.


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“Indeed, we consider the Rimac Concept One to be a guiding light when it comes to our collective all-electric performance future. And that's why we're standing up and paying attention now that Rimac is teasing us with its second model.”

The video is short, with just 22 seconds of footage to go off, and although the images are cast in shadows and broken up with a digital light show, it does give us a decent look at the general outline we should expect from the model.

For starters, there’s a swooping coupe roof line, with huge fenders front and back (but especially in front). The wheels are equally enormous, while the front deck is long and low, including a prominent vent element up top.

Towards the end, we also get a somewhat clear shot of the front fascia, which, compared to the first-generation model, looks to include a larger central intake set in black, reshaped headlights set at a more acute angle to the ground, and larger side intakes.

All told, we’re stoked to see what Rimac has in store for us. Luckily we won’t have to wait long to get more details, as the next-gen will drop this March at the Geneva Motor Show.


References

Rimac Concept One


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Read our full review on the 2017 Rimac Concept.

PostHeaderIcon Richard Hammond Kills the Lamborghini Aventador and Acura NSX with the Rimac One

The second season of The Grand Tour is now underway. If you didn’t get to watch the first episode, you missed one hell of a beatdown. Administering the walloping was none other than the Rimac Concept One. The recipients? The Lamborghini Aventador S and the Honda NSX. If you haven’t seen the video, here’s your chance to watch it and see just how inexplicably fast the Croation electric hypercar really is. But if you’re a fan of either the Aventador or the NSX, you might want to turn away now. It doesn’t end well for both supercars.

To be fair, this race wasn’t really much of a contest, to begin with. Even on paper, the Concept_One had all the important advantages. It has 1,224 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds before “settling” on a top speed of 220 mph. On the flip side, the Lamborghini Aventador S tops at just 730 horsepower and 508 pound-feet of torque. It’s nowhere near what the Concept_One is capable of, but it’s still quick enough to hit 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 217 mph. Then there’s the Honda NSX, which pumps out 573 horsepower and 476 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to cover 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds before peaking at a top speed of 190 mph.

In the context of the drag race, the important number to remember is the torque produced by these cars. Safe to say, it’s not even close. The Concept_One has double the amount of torque that the Aventador and NSX have. In fact, if you add the torque numbers of the two supercars, it still wouldn’t come close to approaching what the Concept_One’s four electric motors are capable of unleashing.


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The result of the drag race speaks for itself. Richard Hammond was behind the wheel of the Concept_One (we know how that turned out), and he simply blew past Jeremy Clarkson in the Aventador S and James May in the NSX. The collective look on their faces is priceless too. Hammond was at a loss for words and Clarkson was his typical flustered self. Then again, the Rimac Concept_One has that effect on a lot of people, car show presenters included.

References

Rimac Concept One


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Read our full review on the 2017 Rimac Concept One.

Lamborghini Aventador


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Read our full review on the 2018 Lamborghini Aventador S.

Acura NSX


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Read our full review on the 2017 Acura NSX.

PostHeaderIcon Rimac Teases New Hypercar; Calls it a “Game Changer”

Despite being limited to just eight units, the Rimac Concept_One electric supercar served notice to the industry. It has 1,224 horsepower on tap, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 220 mph. Those are numbers that electric supercar dreams are made of, but they may pale in comparison to what Rimac is planning to serve up next. We still don’t know anything about the automaker’s plans, but it does involve a new hypercar that will make its debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Is it really possible for Rimac to build off the success of the Concept_One with a better model? We’ll find out soon enough.


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The Rimac Concept_One put a lot of people on notice. Not only did it showcase Rimac as a legitimate creator of demented hypercars, it also proved that a small automaker can succeed in a competitive market if it pushes all the right buttons. In some ways, the limited quantity of the Concept_One actually helped create a greater mystique surrounding the car. It also sent Richard Hammond to the hospital, which isn’t a good thing, but it still helped the Concept_One make the rounds across many news outlets all over the world. It’s not the kind publicity that Rimac would’ve liked, but it’s publicity nonetheless.

The new Rimac hypercar is still shrouded in mystery. We know nothing about it except for a teaser the automaker released on Facebook. The teaser doesn’t reveal much, except for the car’s silhouette. You’ll have to have a vivid imagination to piece together bits and pieces of the car from the teaser, but it does seem to have a more conventional side profile compared to the Concept_One. The swooping body lines can be traced from how the lights fall on the car. The front end looks like it has a Viper while the rear end shows a large spoiler on the trunk.


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Rimac also didn’t announce power details about the new model. We can safely assume, though, that it will have more power than the Concept_One. Considering that the existing model already has 1,224 horsepower at its disposal, it’s anybody’s guess how Rimac can still improve on that number. We’ll get our answer this coming March so that’s going to be a three-month wait for a car that could make the potent Concept_One look like Bambi by comparison.

It should be noted too that Rimac’s new $36 million investment from Chinese company Camel Group could play a significant role in the development of this new electric hypercar. Camel Group is Asia’s largest battery manufacturer, so it’s not a coincidence that Rimac is now pushing for a more mainstream presence in the segment with Camel Group now in the fold.

References

Rimac Concept_One


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Read our full review on the 2017 Rimac Concept_One.

PostHeaderIcon Rimac’s Next EV to Dethrone the Tesla Roadster Before It Even Enters Production

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Rimac has recently told Autoguide that it’s been working on a new, next-gen supercar that is expected to debut at some point in 2018. According to Jens Sverdup of Auto Iconica – Rimac’s distribution arm here in the States – the EV has been in the works for a few years now. When you consider the fact that the Tesla Roadster isn’t heading to production until 2018, and that the new Rimac EV will likely be much more powerful than the Concept One, it’s quite possible Rimacs new EV could dethrone the outrageously powerful Roadster before it even enters production. Oh, and to top it off, Rimac is set to open five more retailers here in the States during 2018, which will – of course – carry both the Rimac Concept One and the upcoming Rimac Convertible that is yet to be named.

Further Thinking


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“If Rimac can successfully tackle the new Roadster’s specs, and can even push that EV into production faster, Musk could find himself with a Roadster nobody really wants to wait for.”

When Tesla debuted its extremely pre-production roadster, it’s pretty clear that Elon Musk was awaiting the typical buzz he gets from nearly everything he does. However, I doubt it crossed his mind that anyone else would be within striking distance considering the downright crazy specs associated with the new Roadster. After all, we’re talking about 60 mph in 1.9 seconds, 620-mile range, and a 250-mph top speed. And, let’s not forget about 10,000 nm, or 7,376 pound-feet, of torque either. That’s pretty damn hard to beat. Meanwhile, Rimac’s Concept One, which should prove to be a level down from the brand’s next EV, is positioned at 1,224 horsepower, 1,180 pound-feet, and can hit 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. If Rimac can successfully tackle the new Roadster’s specs, and can even push that EV into production faster, Musk could find himself with a Roadster nobody really wants to wait for.

What do you think? Will Rimac dethrone the Roadster before it even has a chance to take the throne? Is the upper end of the EV market becoming nothing more than a contest to see what rich kid has the longest dong? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

References

Rimac Concept One


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Read our full review on the 2011 Rimac Concept One.

Tesla Roadster


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Read our full review on the 2020 Tesla Roadster.

PostHeaderIcon Rimac Is Coming For Seconds With Infusion Of Investment Money

Of all the ambitious start-ups that promised machines of mayhem, few have actually been able to step up and keep up with the rest of business. One of those companies is Rimac, the creator of the Concept One electric supercar that made headlines recently when The Grand Tour presenter Richard Hammond crashed one in Switzerland. It was an ignominious end to one of only eight road-going Concept One models, but all’s not lost in the world of Rimac after the company announced a new $36 million investment that would allow it to finally expand its lineup beyond the vaunted Concept One.

The infusion of money came from Camel Group, a Shanghai-based company that’s regarded as the largest manufacturer of batteries in all of Asia. The specific details of the deal were not mentioned by either company, but the deal is termed as a subscription agreement, which essentially means that Rimac likely agreed to sell a certain number of shares to Camel Group in exchange for a specific amount ($36 million as it turns out) that the Chinese company has agreed to pay. Of that amount, Rimac is expected to gain a majority of the funds, but not all of it. Roughly $3.6 million of the amount will be sent over to Greyp electric bicycle company. As far as what Rimac plans to do with the new funds, no less than Mate Rimac, the founder of both Rimac and Greyp, made the company’s plans clear: build a new electric supercar to succeed the Concept One.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

I’m excited for this one


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You have to appreciate what Rimac has been able to do in the face of all the pressure that comes with building a car company from the ground up. A lot of companies have tried to follow the same blueprint and very few have been able to actually rise up to the occasion. Rimac has been able to do it, so it’s no surprise that there’s a lot of excitement surrounding this news.

“Rimac announced a new $36 million investment that would allow it to finally expand its lineup beyond the vaunted Concept One.”

The partnership with Camel Group is a smart one, especially if Rimac is able to leverage the Chinese battery maker’s expertise in its field and apply it into its next electric supercar. That seems to be the direction this partnership is going because Rimac founder and CEO Mate Rimac has already said that the follow-up car to the Concept One will be electric, so it’s going to use some kind of battery as part of its powertrain.


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Speaking of the yet-to-be-named machine, Rimac hasn’t said what kind of power it’s going to carry, but it did hint that it’s going to be more powerful than its predecessor. Remember, the Concept One already packs a whopping 1,073 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque, good enough to propel it from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds before peaking at a reported top speed of 221 mph. If the next model is going to be more powerful than the Concept One, we could be looking at an output that will reach at least 1,200 horsepower and 1,300 pound-feet of twist.

“The Concept One already packs a whopping 1,073 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque, good enough to propel it from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds”

I don’t know how Rimac will be able to do that, but I’m well past the point of being skeptical of what the company is capable of doing. The Concept One showed me as much, and if its other plan of introducing a more powerful version of the Concept One – called the Concept One S – ever comes to fruition, well then, consider me excited to see what the company can come up with now that it has the funds to make it happen.

References

Rimac Concept One


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Read our full review on the Rimac Concept One.


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Read more Rimac news.

PostHeaderIcon The FIA Wants Answers From Richard Hammond’s Car Crash

By now, you’ve probably heard that Richard Hammond was involved in a horrific crash over the weekend in Switzerland. From what’s been reported, Hammond was filming with the rest of his Grand Tour mates when he lost control of the Rimac Concept One, rolling it down a hill before landing on its roof. Hammond somehow escaped the wreckage on his own, before being helped off by Swiss paramedics. The electric supercar, however, didn’t fare quite as well as it ended up catching fire and burning to a crisp. The specific details behind the crash have yet to be revealed, which is probably why the FIA is stepping in to get some answers.

According to Motorsport, the governing body of motorsport racing is looking for answers from Auto Sport Schweiz on what caused the crash during the Hemberg Bergrennen event over the weekend. In a statement, the Swiss federation said that the FIA “has been forced to demand an opinion” from the Federation regarding the circumstances that happened before the crash and what led Hammond to losing control of the Concept One. Auto Sport Schweiz added that disciplinary proceedings could be handed down if it determines from its own investigation that certain parties failed to adhere to the safety standards put in place during the event. Obviously, there’s a lot more to this story than what’s been revealed, so while Hammond is fortunate to have survived the accident, some heads could still roll in the coming days.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Richard Hammond Recovering From Surgery After Surviving Fiery Crash

Richard Hammond is lucky to be alive after losing control and rolling a Rimac Concept One while filming the second season of The Grand Tour on Sunday in Switzerland. He was able to escape the exotic car, despite it landing on its roof, just before the rare electric supercar burst into flames. His left knee wasn’t so fortunate, however, with it sustaining serious bone fractures. Hammond was airlifted by Swiss emergency services to a nearby hospital where doctors are preparing for surgery. Hammond seems in good spirits in a short video update shot for Drive Tribe, Hammond, Clarkson, and May’s website. “Yes, it’s true,” Hammond says in the video. “I’ve binned it. Again.” Holding his X-ray, he says doctors are preparing to turn his knee into a “Swiss Army Knee.”

This isn’t the first time The Hamster has “binned” a vehicle while filming. In 2006 while shooting for Top Gear, Hammond suffered a brain injury when he lost control of a rocket-powered dragster. A speedy recovery allowed him to return to filming a few months later alongside Clarkson and James May. Thankfully, Hammond’s knee injury is far less life-threatening, and will hopefully require even less time to recover. We’ll bring you more news as it develops.

Continue reading for Clarkson and May’s accounts of the crash.


PostHeaderIcon Rimac's Follow-Up To the Concept_One Is Going To Blow Your Mind

So, did you guys fall in love with the Rimac Concept_One electric supercar? Well, if you did, you better fasten those seatbelts because the Croation automaker is planning to make a follow-up to the 1,088-horsepower supercar. No less than Rimac Automobili’s COO Monika Mikac confirmed the news to CarBuzz, saying that the company plans to develop “a new car in the future, also in the luxury segment—really exclusive and even more high-performance than the Concept One.

Mikac added that the new model will be super limited with the expected allocation being “around 20 units per year.”

No details were mentioned regarding the follow-up to the Concept_One, but considering what the current electric supercar is already capable of, it should be easy to anticipate a faster and more powerful version than the company’s incumbent performance machine. Remember, in addition to producing 1,088 horsepower on electric power alone, the Concept_One also boasts torque figures in the neighborhood of 1,180 pound-feet. Together, those numbers help the Concept_One sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 2.6 seconds to go with a top speed of 221 mph.

If there’s truth to Mikac’s comments, we can expect the follow-up model to eclipse those numbers. It will likely cost more than the $1.2 million Rimac was asking per unit of the eight-piece Concept_One and the $1.6 million price tag of the $1.6 million Concept_One S. We’ll let your imaginations take it from here.

In the meantime, deliveries of the $1.6 million Concept_One are expected to begin in March with more owners getting theirs shortly thereafter. According to Mikac, most of the available Concept_One supercars are already pre-sold and that the first car is already expected to make its way to its American owner in the coming days.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon This Little-Known Electric Hypercar Just Beat The Ferrari LaFerrari In A Quarter-Mile Sprint: Video

The Ferrari LaFerrari may be considered one of the top hybrid hypercars in the market today, but even Ferrari’s current 963-horsepower crown jewel is not immune to getting humbled once in awhile. The latest to put the LaFerrari in its place is the Rimac Concept One, a Czech electric supercar that packs an astonishing 1,072 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque from no less than four electric motors, each with its own gearbox.

Recently, the folks from Archie Hamilton Racing lined up the Concept One hypercar against the LaFerrari and the Tesla Model S to see how it would fair against the two models, first in a torque-filled launch off the block and then in a sprint to a quarter-mile. The Model S with Ludicrous Mode went first and it just wasn’t much of a contest as the Concept One quickly left it in behind. As awesome as the Tesla S, it’s just not on the same performance level as the Concept One, and that’s already taking into account the Tesla’s 0-to-60-mph time of 2.8 seconds.

Then it was the LaFerrari’s turn, in which case the result turned out to be the same. The Ferrari put up a better fight than the Tesla, but ultimately, the Concept One pulled away comfortably, validating the Czech electric hypercar 0-to-60-mph time of 2.6 seconds and 221-mph top speed.

Some people may still not be familiar with the Rimac Concept One and that’s understandable. But let this video be your introduction to this new road terror coming out of the Czech Republic.


PostHeaderIcon Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One Delivers One Megawatt At Dyno: Video

The horsepower wars have yielded some pretty outrageous things over the years, with the latest breed of cutting-edge, go-fast machinery sporting specs and figures more in line with spacecraft or aircraft than ground-bound vehicles with four wheels. Even when running off batteries alone, the technology in play these days can be positively awe-inspiring. Case in point: the 2015 Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One, seen here laying down some extreme power on the dyno.

The video kicks off with quick shots of the car coming together at the hands of Rimac Automobili’s team of engineers, before the whole thing is strapped down for a blast on the rollers. Following this, you’ll see the E-Runner squat and go, while a shrill, hyper-powered turbine whine crescendos with the increasing wheel speed. You almost half expect to see the thing jump into hyperspace.

The result? One megawatt of output, or roughly 1,340 horsepower.

Not bad for a blender. The E-Runner is slated to appear at the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb later this month, where it will compete under the Electric Class category for the famous Race to the Clouds.

Behind the wheel will be Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima, an iconic driver in the motorsport world who also owns Monster Sport, the shop that built the E-Runner in conjunction with Rimac Automobili.

With about twice the output of last year’s car and a slew of new technology, the new E-Runner is expected to demolish last year’s time of 9 minutes, 43.09 seconds (the current Electric Class benchmark is 9 minutes, 8.188 seconds, as set last year by Greg Tracy in the 2014 Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III). And with no power loss due to the high altitude, expect the mega-EV to be mighty competitive with the dino-juice burners as well.

Look for the E-Runner to make its appearance in Colorado on June 28th.


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