Tesla, and recently, another company, NIO with their EP9, come to mind for people interested in fast electric cars, and specifically, the fastest electric car on the planet. But there's another company that is making waves with a new model that blows the others away. The Rimac C_2 now lays claim to producing the fastest electric car available. And of course, with electric motors, you've got full availability of power from a dead stop, unlike traditional internal combustion engines.
And since it is electric, you can deliver exactly the amount of power that's actually desired. So if you have a 120 kW electric motor (like the Rimac C_2) even right off the line, you can get access to the full power that the motor produces. You've never heard of Rimac? Many haven't, so let's look at this innovative company and the fastest electric car turning heads at auto shows worldwide.
Founded in Croatia in 2009 with a vision to create the most dominant electric sports car in the world, Rimac first had to invent technologies to make this vision a reality. With the goal of building the fastest electric car in the world, Rimac soon realized the technologies it was developing could do more much more. Today, they are unleashing the full potential of Nikola Tesla’s invention, the alternating current electric motor, in unique incarnations applied to many industries.
Along with building their own fast electric cars, Rimac also partners with companies such as Jaguar, Renault, and Aston Martin in supplying technology for their own electric vehicle programs.
The Man behind the Company
Mate Rimac is a Croatian inventor, entrepreneur, and founder of the company that bears his name. He started efforts in his garage with the goal of building the world's fastest electric car to fulfill a childhood dream. He also wanted to make Croatia a hub for technology and automotive innovation.
An Early Electric Racer
At 18, Rimac bought a 1984 BMW E320 intending to race it. After the gasoline engine blew up during one race, he electrified the racer. He worked on the car in his garage and bought parts on the Internet. From those humble beginnings, he laid the foundation for the company he established in 2009.
The newly minted eM3 was the first electric car to win races against petrol powered cars of the same class. This early success eventually resulted in the Rimac Concept One electric car, the first one designed and manufactured by Rimac Automobili. It debuted to rave reviews at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011. The Concept One included Rimac's 24 patented innovations and automotive writers and enthusiasts described it as the world's first electric supercar. So the Rimac C_2 represents the natural evolution of design and technology that had its nascence in a garage and culminated with the Concept One.
About the Rimac C_2
The Rimac C_2 is a two-seat electric-powered hyper-car, designed and built in Croatia, featuring out-of-this world technology and performance and a price tag to match its ridiculous specs. It also now features the title of the fastest electric car in the world, and it's not even close as far as competitors. Let's take a dive into the specs and see what this machine is all about and how it can lay claim to being the fastest electric car on the planet.
Fastest Electric Car Specs
The C_2 features numbers that verge on the unbelievable. The car produces 1,888 horsepower (1,408 kilowatts) along with 1,696 foot-pounds (2,300 Newton-meters) of torque. This monstrous output can rocket it to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in only 1.85 seconds, with a top end speed of 256 miles per hour (412 kilometers per hour). If the lucky owner can exercise a little restraint and keep it under 100 miles per hour, the C_2 reportedly offers a range of about 404 miles (650 kilometers) according to NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) testing results. They power the C_2 with a 120-kWh battery featuring fast-charging to 80 percent in half an hour.
Electrifying, Not Terrifying
It's natural to assume that the average driver wouldn't feel confident in trying to tame this insane amount of performance; at least not right away. After all, a 256 mile per hour top speed and 0 to 60 in 1.85 seconds would intimidate even the most experienced sports car enthusiasts. Fear not. While you're learning your way around the fastest electric car in the world, Rimac has you covered by allowing the driver to hand over control of the machine to a super-advanced, onboard computer.
Autonomous driving capability allows you to eat your lunch or catch up on the news or dare we say, sleep, whilst blasting down the highway at over 250 miles per hour. The navigation system also features the ability to load race tracks onto the dash view screen while also providing input about ideal cornering lines and braking points. Do you need video game perks that replicate real-life racing situations? No. But, it's a cool feature we've not seen anywhere else. And as one becomes more familiar with this incredible machine, things like this might become ingrained in your daily driving habits.
The C_2 sports plenty of aerodynamic strakes, angles, intakes, and wing-like flaps to draw attention and keep the car glued to the road at top speed. Active foils on the hood allow for changing airflow at the front end. Or, you can just let the onboard computer handle adjustments. A carbon fiber monocoque and carbon subframe provide strength and stability. However, even with the extensive use of carbon and other light-weight materials the C_2 still weighs in at hefty 4,300 pounds (1,950 kilograms). Which makes the fact that the fastest electric car in the world can rocket from 0 to 60 in 1.85 seconds even more impressive.
A Futuristic Cockpit
The Rimac C_2 is a fast electric car with knockout performance and the cockpit is in keeping with the overall design of the vehicle. The driver sees a large digital screen directly in front and information and entertainment are close at hand in a sleek center console. Displays for controlling elements and environmental information are intelligently placed throughout the cabin. Carbon fiber and suede trim give the C_2 an understated yet comfortable feel.
The C_2 is an especially stunning car, and despite its smallish size, the interior feels roomy and comfortable. A facial recognition camera allows the owner to open or lock the car and another camera inside recognizes the person behind the wheel and, provided there's a match, energizes all systems and allows the owner to start the car. So, you don't have to worry about losing your keys. We are guessing you would be out of luck if you needed a designated driver to get behind the wheel of your C_2. Then again, if you can afford one of these you probably don't have designated driver worries-just call for your limo.
So What Will My Monthly Payments Be?
Rimac is accepting inquiries for the purchase of the C_2 on its website, and they plan to build 150 of them. Customers could take delivery in 2020. Now, nearing the end of 2018, nearly all 150 cars planned for production have already found owners, despite the staggering starting price of about $2.1 million for the base model.
You would think a car that costs over $2 million would come complete. Think again. Rimac has shown that on average, buyers have added about $600,000 worth of options to the car’s astronomical base price. The average sticker of a C_2 stands at about $2.7M, and there seems to be no shortage of qualified buyers as Rimac's waiting list is extensive.
Between 75 and 105 of the supercars are slated for U.S. delivery, with the remaining going to buyers in Europe and Asia. A few models are reserved for Rimac's 12 dealerships worldwide because you never know when someone will walk in with $3 million cash wanting to buy your demo car.
As electric cars increase in popularity, the innovations associated with these vehicles will also continue to grow. More efficient cars with extended ranges and shorter charge times are just the beginning of what is coming. Super-fast, autonomous driving cars may well be commonplace and available for the common man soon.
While the Rimac C_2 is beyond the pale for 99.9% of potential electric vehicle owners, the good news is that these supercars, the fastest electric cars on the planet, have a trickle-down effect as far as the technology that makes them hum. Thankfully, with economies of scale in the automotive industry fortifying the future of electric cars, it's just a matter of time before we see the prices come down to perhaps a (somewhat) more affordable $100,000.
The Rimac C_2 is a staggeringly beautiful car that epitomizes inspiration, innovation, and flat-out amazing performance.