Let's forget the hyperbole: the Rimac Automobili of Croatia built a very, very fast car that they would like to show you. It's an all-electric hypercar called the Concept Two that debuted today at the Geneva Motor Show. It claims to have a 1,914-horsepower engine that allows acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 1.85 seconds. That would make it one of the fastest cars in existence, faster than the next-generation Tesla Roadster with its comparatively slow 0-60 in 1.9 seconds.
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These are specifications that sound crazy and I would not be remiss if you read all this with a healthy degree of skepticism. That said, Rimac's Concept One, around 2012, was powered by 1,073 horsepower from its four electric motors, and could be the best choice for most of the supercars in the drag strip. What he means, Rimac knows fast.
Rimac says that its 120 kWh battery allows more than 400 miles of range, which is much more than the 200 miles found in most electric vehicles of production. And facial recognition technology will unlock and start the car, which makes this car the perfect distillation of our current moment of technology and exaggeration.
The company says it will reach 100 mph in 4.3 seconds and run a quarter mile in 9.1 seconds. The C Two reaches a maximum of 258 mph, but after a certain point, these are just numbers on one screen, right? All this speed and power begins to be a little abstract, and that abstraction can be a bit dangerous if it is not handled correctly. Ask Richard Hammond, who is very lucky to have walked away from the remains of the Rimac Concept One while filming his television show The Grand Tour last year.
Autonomous capabilities of level 4
If speed is not your thing, Rimac says that the car comes with autonomous level 4 capabilities. The sensor package includes eight cameras, one or two LIDARs, six radars, 12 ultrasonics and a partridge in a pear tree. Again, Level 4 is an easy claim to make when you do not have the immediate concern of independent verification. In other words, we will believe it when we see it.
And we probably will not do it because the chances of you, me or someone we know getting behind the wheel of Concept Two are exactly zero. The company will not say how much C two costs, but it can count on seven figures. Rimac said he will build 150 copies of the Concept Two, which would be a mass production compared to the eight copies sold from the original.