UPDATE VIDEO: See Rimac Ready Automobili C_Two For Wind Tunnel Testing

NOV 26 2018 BY VANJA KLJAIC 9

A lot of thought went into every aspect of this all-electric hypercar

***UPDATE: A full video, showcasing the wind tunnel testing, is now available above.

When Rimac Automobili revealed the newest addition to their family, the Rimac C_Two, the automotive world was taken by storm. Everyone who looked at the specifications for this upcoming all-electric hypercar couldn’t stop to be amazed. And now, with months passing by, the Croatian carmaker is slowly revealing the process that went into making one of the world’s most powerful and prestigious vehicles.

Released earlier today, Rimac teased a set of images that will precede what the company calls “a sneak peek into the Rimac C_Two wind tunnel test.” Naturally, the whole process of wind tunnel testing is a bit more intricate than what we usually imagine. Rimac built a full-scale model of their vehicle, allowing them to put various parts of their hypercar through some intricate testing procedures. Items like functional active aero components, realistic suspension, and brakes, fans, all the way to the realistic pressure drop across the radiator cores and the rotating wheels were used to test the relevant parts quickly and compare to the CFD results.

The Rimac C_Two comes with some rather impressive technical specifications and performance figures. The vehicle utilizes a powertrain that delivers 1,888 horsepower (1,408 kilowatts) and 1,696 pound-feet (2,300 Newton-meters) of torque. In turn, the Rimac will hit 60 mph (96 kph) – hate you Tesla, do 0-62mph like everybody else – from a standstill in 1.85 seconds. Thee vehicle accelerates all the way to a top speed of 256 mph (412 kph) – not too shabby for a car that weighs a hefty 1,950 kilograms (4,300 pounds).

With the 120-kWh battery fully charged, Rimac’s newest electric beast will cover 404 miles (650 kilometers) between charges – based on the outgoing NEDC test cycle. Factor in level 4 autonomous driving capabilities, fast-charging to 80 percent in half an hour, and extensive use of carbon fiber, and you get one of the most technologically advanced cars ever made that will hopefully live up to the hype. And to make matters even more compelling, nearly all 150 cars planned for production have already been sold. Despite the C_Two’s eye-watering starting price of about $2.1 million.

Hopefully, next week, we’ll get to be amazed by what Rimac Automobili did while putting their newest hypercar through its paces at the Fiat Chrysler America’s wind tunnel test facility. Meanwhile, grab a few moments and check out the teasers from the media gallery below.

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9 Comments on "UPDATE VIDEO: See Rimac Ready Automobili C_Two For Wind Tunnel Testing"

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G2

The more, the merrier😀

Counterpoint

Level 4 automation? If that’s true, it will be the first vehicle in the world to have that capability!

Windbourne

yeah, and I seriously doubt that it is.

antrik

Anyone got an idea why they are wind tunnel testing it in America rather then Europe?…

(Pretty sure that is the only bit here worthy of any mention at all…)

John Doe

Price?

Mike

Interesting. You can make a one-off insanely fast techno car for 300 million dollars and not go out of business. I seem to remember BMW spending something like 2 billion to develop the i3, who knows how much Google has spent on their self driving technology, and didn’t someone mention that Tesla’s track mode has something like a million lines of computer code?.

Simple math says there is some marketing fluff in these numbers. It would be really interesting to drive one of these cars for a week to get a feel for how they differ from a mass-produced car. Is this just an insane amount of horsepower with a nicely stitched interior?

R.S

The higher the volume, the higher the initial development costs.

It’s not hard to build a car that goes fast, people do that in their garages. It’s also not hard to build a high quality product, people could do that for hundreds of years, just look at some nice old antique furniture.

What’s hard to do is to produce something at high quality, reliability and durability for a low price. But if the car will be sold 5 million times over it’s life cycle, you can spend up to 5 million in R&D, just to save one dollar in production cost.

VW spent over 30 billion on the MQB, but they also sell over 7 million MQB cars each year. If you only sell 7 cars a year, you either make them cost a billion dollar, or you don’t spend tons of money to get it to be mass produced at the lowest price and do much more by hand, over engineer some parts and be content with having an overcomplicated car.

Windbourne

So many ppl talk about Tesla killers. If I were Porsche, Lambo, etc, I would worry more about Rimac.
Tesla is killing the main sales, but rimac, along with Tesla Roadster 3, is going to take away the high end vehicles sales.

pjwood1

Maybe that’s why Porsche owns 10%, of Rimac. Million dollar cars don’t “take away sales”, at the tiny volumes they move. Porsche’s 918 was probably high-volume for this price bracket, at 800k-1mil each for 918 produced.

I wish this formula were chased down to the 200k range, because then you would see people take them out of their plastic bags. They would depreciate, sell in much higher volumes and become recreational machines.

These images show NIO EP9’s rear undercarriage diffusers and wide track may be the “clean sheet” way track EVs are going to look. I like it!