Don\u2019t Panic, the 258-mph Rimac C_TWO Electric Hypercar Is NOT Sold Out!
If you’re sitting there, bummed out because you think all the $2 million Rimac C_TWO electric hypercars are already spoken for, take heart, they’re not.
“Something I wanted to clear up for a long time,” company founder Mate Rimac said on his Facebook page recently. “During an interview with our Head of Sales a couple of years ago, a journalist misinterpreted (mistakenly or not) that the C_Two is sold out. That was not the case and still isn’t, but has been repeated in many articles as a fact.”
So talk to your banker now. Or sell your house (if you live in L.A.) or all of your neighbors’ houses (if you live outside L.A.). Because they’re making deals at any of the 14 authorized Rimac dealers worldwide. With only 150 C_TWOs pledged for production, and with more than 7 billion people in the world, many of them with money to burn, you could have logically assumed your C_TWO chances were history. Not the case.
“While it is not unusual for hypercars to be sold-out before they go into production, that is usually only the case for established brands, like Ferrari,” continued Rimac. “The C_Two has many ‘firsts’ – first all-electric-hypercar (globally homologated), first series-production car of Rimac (a new and still relatively unknown brand) etc. It is a completely new market (there are no competitors in production yet) and nobody knows how customers will really react. Customers are very interested in the car but want to see how things play out – they want to try it before committing and see reviews. We are fully in line with that and have never pushed customers to commit before trying the car. There are, of course, many who trusted us enough and liked the car so much to pay a deposit very early on.”
So don’t expect a test drive any time soon.
“So far, only a few customers had the chance to try the C_Two (like Nico Rosberg for example). That is the case for several reasons – while we have made lots of prototypes already, we need every second of them for development, testing and homologation. It is always difficult to squeeze in customer test drives as it impacts testing. Also, the car is still in development so we don’t want the customer to experience glitches or some ruff edges that will be improved in the production car. The COVID situation makes traveling hard so that is another factor that is slowing things down.”
In the meantime, testing and development continues. Statistics have not been updated in a while, so look for 1,888 hp, 1,696 lb ft of torque and a 1.85-second 0-60 time, quick enough to curl your eyebrow implants. Top speed is listed at 258 mph. The C_TWO’s 120-kWh Lithium Nickel Manganese battery will take the car 402 miles on a charge, at least according to the NEDC cycle; way, way more optimistic than the EPA. Your mileage will vary.
And remember, this is a GT Rimac promises is, “As capable on a track as it is crossing continents.” Rimac just released a video of a prototype undergoing jounce testing on a wacky machine called the “four-post-rig” at KW Suspensions, where each wheel is whanged up and down by a piston on top of which each of the four wheels sit. Other automakers use such machines, too. They’re cool. The pistons can simulate all types of road surfaces, from the loop course of the public road development engineers use around the factory, to the Nurburgring Nordschliefe. A video about those tests was just posted yesterday.
In fact, there are tons of videos about the C-TWO and the Concept One and even about Mate Rimac’s original E30 BMW, which he converted to electric power when he blew the original gasoline engine. He also took the car to KW Suspension and asked for sponsorship to make it into a drift and race car. They said, “Sure!” and he has been with KW ever since. That’s why the suspension on the C_TWO is KW.
“In partnership with KW Suspension, the C_Two dynamic behavior has been calibrated over and over again on some of the world’s most demanding racetracks, all without moving an inch. On KW’s four-poster rig, the team can recreate the complete length of travel, full range of frequencies and all different damper speeds experienced by C_Two on any given road or race track.”
It’s pretty fascinating stuff. If you have a minute, go to Facebook and follow Mate Rimac, you’ll know which Mate Rimac, then go to YouTube and search Rimac. There you’ll see Nico Rosberg doing a test drive of the car with Mate Rimac in the passenger seat, looking a little worried (Mate: “This is the only car we have!” Nico: “Ha ha ha ha!”)
So when can you expect to take delivery of your C_TWO?
“Following this latest test, the pre-series prototype will go through another round of physical on-track testing to ensure the behaviour can be recreated in the real world ahead of the start of the final production cars. The C_Two will be fully revealed in just a few months.”
“Fully revealed” may or may not be the same thing as “in showrooms now.” But this is the rarified air of hypercars. Be patient. And get a hold of $2 million.
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