Our eyes! This is probably the most cringe-worthy video you’ll see all day. Rimac is busy putting its electric, 1,888 horsepower C_Two hypecar through a brutal crash-test programme. And yes, it is as painful to watch as it sounds…
Unveiled at the 2018 Geneva motor show, the uber potent newbie is well on its way to becoming a production model (work is scheduled to start next year in Croatia, Zagreb on the planned 150 units with each costing over $2 million – and they’ve all been spoken for already!) but first it has to meet global safety and quality certifications by passing several body smashing, chassis shattering tests.
The Croatian carmaker’s behind-the-scenes video gives us a little peak at the on-going process of homologating the limited edition car with several pre-production prototypes meeting an untimely end. Fortunately, you don’t actually see the moment the nose meets the wall, or any actual side or rear impact - but you can imagine the devastation (we’re waiting for a part 2 that shows the crash and wreckage… admit it, so are you!).
This process isn’t too much of a big deal for established automakers but it is a costly affair for niche manufacturers like Rimac. The investment secured from Porsche – which now holds 15.5 per cent of the company - will help as will the $90 million is got from Hyundai to develop its first high-performance EV. Still, we think the C_Two is just too pretty to be sacrificed in this manner but Mate Rimac and his company must put themselves - and every car lover - through all of this heartache to ensure the model is street-legal in every market in the world.
Fitted with four electric motors drawing electricity from a 120-kilowatt-hour battery pack, the C_Two will have a range of 650km and be able to hit (sorry…) 0-100kph in under 2 seconds. It’ll have an alleged top speed of 415kph.