In Horsepower War, Rimac C_Two Proves Electric Cars Can’t Be Matched


Supercars are increasingly harnessing electrification.

The war rages on. The struggle to squeeze increasing amounts of horsepower into high-performance automobiles continues unabated, even in the face of stricter environmental regulations. Nowhere is that perhaps more noticeable than at the Geneva Motor Show. The top eighteen machines share an astounding 17,000 ponies between them — that’s an average of 900 horsepower per — and battery power reigns supreme with the top two both being fully electric.

In case you haven’t guessed it, the car with the highest hp is the Rimac C_Two. It silently boasts 1,914 hp and 1,696 pound-feet of torque. Originally debuting at last year’s show, it returns this year with a completely new drivetrain configuration (all those details here) and a fresh paint palette, though the performance claims remain unchanged. The exterior bodywork, save for a tweak to the rear diffuser, also remains the same, as does the special place it holds in our hearts.

The car with the second-highest amount of horse force is the gorgeous Pininfarina Battista. Its hp figure is just 17 galloping hooves short of the number of the Croatian car. It’s no wonder the figures are so close, though, considering the powertrain for this Italian creation is supplied by Rimac Automobili. You can see how it sits within the chassis in the image below.


We believe the trend of all-electric vehicles crushing the performance stats of gas-powered competitors will continue. Electric power is, after all, as indubitably the future of transportation as internal combustion is the past. That course was set when the Tesla Roadster first raised eyebrows with its impressive 3.9-second 0-to-60 mile-per-hour sprints a decade ago.

Not a complete stranger to Geneva, either. A special 2010 Tag Heuer edition graced the show floor back in 2010. The original Roadster inspired engineers, possibly even very young ones like Mate Rimac, the creator of the C_Two, to follow this battery-powered path. As far as we can tell, it’s a road that extends to the horizon.

Rimac C-Two

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13 Comments on "In Horsepower War, Rimac C_Two Proves Electric Cars Can’t Be Matched"

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I’m curious how fast the Rimac C_Two can lap the Nürburgring. Did the Rimac Concept One ever take a hot lap around the Nürburgring? I don’t see a lap time for it on the Nürburgring’s Wikipedia page.

Rimac has not yet done any Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time. I am also looking forward to see one:

(Original James) The tunnel down the middle in that cutaway looks Volt/ELR ish. Is that primarily for structural ridgidity or also containing power electronics?

The NIO EP9 supercar that temporarily held the production car lap record at the Nurburgring has modular, swappable side pod battery packs I find compelling.

One format may be better for racing cars, the other for super high performance electric dream machines for the street. We know the Rimac Concept 1 was stout enough to protect a dimwitted TV celebrity from killing himself in front of the cameras. Rimac must be on to something…

The reason given for the battery tunnel was to keep the ultra low profile. The driver seat is very low and if the battery was under it the roof line would have to be raised.

Why not “power war” ? Why do you always mix the quantity and unit?

Also: “The struggle to squeeze increasing amounts of horsepower into …” should be “The struggle to squeeze increasing amounts of _power_ into …”.

Now this is like:
“How lb are you?”
“How inches are you?”

No, Mate didn’t take inspiration from the Tesla roadster. He was racing an electric BMW before the Tesla roadster was produced. It was powered by a series DC motor which, like many others in such race cars, would frequently arc and burn the commutator convincing Mate AC motors were the way to go. He financed Rimac Automobili with his own money starting up from a garage operation. Impressive accomplishment.

Gosh, the snooty way the author talks about electric cars… He must not want new people adopting electric vehicles. She makes electrification of vehicle sound more like an inevitable Darkness forcing itself upon people in the future, rather than anything actually positive. Still understand, gasoline powered cars are not going anywhere anytime soon. It will be at least a hundred years until they’ll be that type of full-fledged adoption of electric vehicles. Not everyone out there makes six figures a year or more, should be able to afford things like a $30,000 electric sedan and hatchback. Hell, most people right now I’m more buying used car so they are brand new cars at all. Wouldn’t be surprised if that’s a trend that kept on for the foreseeable future, seeing as how modern-day cars are built so well. Unfortunately, we can’t quite say the same about used electric vehicles, which have had everything from electric motors going out, to severe battery degradation, both of which costing way too much for the average person to afford to repair.

Aside from some early duds, EVs are known to hold up *better* then combustion cars. Lower maintenance costs and fuel costs already make EVs cheaper to own in many cases — and a few years from now, it will be *all* cases. The “average person” won’t be able to afford sticking with combustion cars.

Problem is the weight

You know a 1,400 kW combustion car that weighs less? Closest thing I know is the 1,100 kW Bugatti Chiron, at a cool 1,996 kg…

Pretty sure the 17 hp difference to the Battista is just a confusion of units (hp vs. ps), or rounding error or something. They both have 1,400 kW — as far as I can tell, they have exactly the same power train, not just battery. (In fact I’d be surprised if the Battista isn’t just the same car in a different body…)

“17 galloping hooves” – is there a one-legged horse in there, or several three-legged horses?