I’ve to confess, I don’t notably know something about Croatia. I’m reminded from time to time that some nice athletes are born and raised there, a rustic with breathtaking, picturesque landscapes that I have to have a peek at earlier than I die. However apart from that, I don’t actually suppose a lot about them. Sorry, Croatia. That’s… Till the considered Rimac involves thoughts. When that does occur, nevertheless, the surge of feelings is completely electrifying.
Now, most of us have heard of Rimac in one in all two methods. First, we’ve come to recognise it as an upstart firm making electrical hypercars cool earlier than anybody else. Other than this, we in all probability know Rimac from that one episode of The Grand Tour the place – not wishing to spoil an excessive amount of – a Rimac spun off a hill-climb course and caught hearth. That was fairly a scary episode, and it has left a considerably murky picture of Rimac in my head.
So, let’s take a refresher and remind ourselves what Rimac is and why we ought to be . For a really very long time, Croatia by no means had an automotive business to begin with. There’s a Wikipedia web page devoted to this specifically, however the majority of the thread is actually a abstract of busses, lorries, tanks, and the occasional bizarre idea. So, nothing fascinating actually. There’s actually not loads to present the impression that it may well construct groundbreaking vehicles.
However the mad of us over at Rimac did precisely that. And so they constructed their repute after years of getting enjoyable, tinkering, and that “why not?” spirit of experimentation. Based by Mate Rimac, the namesake model bought its begin, maybe fairly fittingly, in a storage. However Rimac in a short time garnered worldwide fame as Mr Rimac transformed his previous 1986 BMW E30 into an electrical automotive again when Tesla was nonetheless a youngling after he blew his 3er’s engine.
That spirit of Rimac was born from seeing what the model can do with electrification, and simply how far it may be pushed. Quickly sufficient, that previous ‘e-M3‘ – which later got here to be often known as the “Inexperienced Monster” – turned the quickest electrical automotive on the planet on the time. It had slightly below 600hp, with 664lb-ft of torque, and will muster a dash to 60mph in simply three.three seconds. That’s supercar territory, completed by an previous Bimmer with some batteries and motors.
As that E30 bought higher and higher with each tune, Rimac & Co. in all probability sat there and thought: “You realize what, we will do higher.” So, they did. The identical 12 months the e-M3 gained velocity data left, proper, and centre, Rimac confirmed off the Idea One in 2011. This was the primary absolutely home-grown Rimac-built automotive, and boy was it a shocker! They discovered loads from the Inexperienced Monster and created what we’ve come to contemplate one of many first electrical hypercars.
A watershed second, subsequently, because the Idea One’s motors altogether may output very almost 1,300hp, which may energy Croatia’s (automotive) best to a high velocity of 221mph. These are the kind of numbers that solely the previous guard at Bugatti or Koenigsegg may mess around with… Simply as a few noteworthy examples. We actually do imply “Rimac-built”, as a lot of the core elements are made in-house, just because there’s nothing out available on the market that was adequate.
Rimac’s Concept One proved that electrical vehicles aren’t simply quick, blunt devices which can be solely good for dragstrips. No, it was drop-dead attractive, stupidly fast in any course, and its all-wheel torque vectoring system made it really enjoyable to drive. Didn’t suppose “enjoyable” was doable with electrical vehicles, eh? And simply once you thought the insane Croats are carried out, Rimac goes forward and launches the C_Two: an evolution of the Idea One.
You’ll be able to see numerous that within the design, with refined touches made to smoothen out the look of the Two, add a little bit of drama with butterfly doorways (as you do with super-sporty vehicles), and numerous flaps, vents, and wings to make up the energetic aero. There are 120 kWh value of dense batteries nestled between the carbon-fibre monocoque, positioned down as little as doable to place the centre of gravity near the tarmac, whereas 4 massive motors sit on every wheel.
If there’s one factor the C_Two doesn’t lack, it’s velocity. The C_Two has greater than 1,900hp on faucet in order that you can leap from standstill to 60mph in 1.85-seconds and to a proclaimed high velocity of 258mph. This could make Rimac’s second little one the quickest accelerating fully road-legal automotive ever made, with the best high velocity of any EV. Strive beating that on the subsequent set of lights! Although simply in case you’re feeling a bit lazy, there’s additionally Stage-Four autonomy… In case you belief the computer systems sufficient to pilot you round.
However in case you’re one to drive, the C_Two is – identical to its elder brother – a technological tour de power, and it’s a contemporary take of how EVs can (mis)behave once you flip up the wick. We’ve come to simply accept electrical vehicles as quiet and delicate. In case you’re extra old school like yours actually, then we’d take into account them to be simply that bit uninteresting, and even fully comatose. Rimac does no less than pave the best way ahead in that, sure, you possibly can smile smugly in a automotive pushed by motors.
Granted, there isn’t as a lot sound to tickle your eardrums with, however what’s subsequent for Rimac? Nicely, they’ve caught the eye of numerous different carmakers, from constructing KERS hybrid techniques for the Aston Martin Valkyrie – my favorite supercar – to engineering the batteries for Koenigsegg’s equally techy and nerdy Regera. Then there’s Pininfarina, the famed design home that penned and constructed the Battista, an Italianised cousin of the C_Two.
Maybe most excitingly is Rimac’s tie-up with “ze Germans” at VW. It should’ve raised a number of eyebrows when Porsche instructed us that they now owned almost 1 / 4 of Rimac. Two die-hard efficiency manufacturers working collectively feels like a deal with and a half, however absolutely three is even higher, no? It seems to be like Bugatti is entering the fray. I don’t find out about you, however I’d like to see a three-way collab for a brand new super-hyper-uber-mega electrical grand tourer. You’ll be able to’t discuss me out of this one.
This text was written by Zack Norman.