And it’s not pretty.
Rimac uploaded a video of two C_Twos, each worth around €2.2M ($2.6M / £2.0M) crashing into a wall. And no, Richard Hammond wasn’t behind the wheels. The Croatian manufacturer responsible for the fastest electric vehicle on four wheels, the Rimac Concept One, is almost done testing its next creation, the C_Two, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March of 2018.
Capable of a combined 1,888HP (1,914PS) and 1696lb-ft (2,300Nm) of torque from its four electric motors, the C_Two pulls off 0-60mph in just 1.85 secs, 0-100mph in 4.3 secs, and it won’t stop until it hits 258mph (412km/h).
Rimac needs to make sure of the electric hypercar’s structural stability if it hopes to ship any of the 150 units it’s currently making. Hence, crash tests with dummies were inevitable.
The prototype is subjected to a first impact test with a 40% offset deformable barrier at 25 mph (40 km/h) and a second test, performed with a different vehicle, at 35 mph (56 km/h). Both tests were a success according to Rimac.
“There was no damage to the monocoque, meaning there was next-to-no deforming of the cabin, intrusion of the pedals or excessive forces exerted onto the driver and passenger.” A total of eleven such prototypes will be destroyed in testing, which, albeit wasteful, is necessary to ensure worldwide safety homologation.
The C_Two is certainly Richard Hammond-proof. Rimac made sure of that with a cheeky fire extinguisher installed in the rear boot and secured by a strap with the mention ‘IN CASE OF HILLCLIMB, EXTINGUISH FIRE’.
Let’s hope it is similarly equipped for other crashes it may, heavens forbid, suffer.