1,900 hp electric hypercar nears reality
High tech includes AI driving coach
The electric hypercar team at Rimac Automobili has just launched the production version of the C_Two 1,900 hp monster. Called the Nevera, just 150 will be built and each owner will get a chance to travel to company headquarters in Croatia to help spec their car to be different from the other 149.
Rimac says it has improved every system in the car since the C_Two concept was first revealed. “This is it. This is the car I had in mind when I embarked on the ‘impossible’ journey ten years ago. All our hard work has resulted in the Nevera – our record-breaking hypercar. This car was born to outperform, and to raise the bar, redefining the norm for performance cars,” said Founder and CEO Mate Rimac.
The four electric motors give the Rimac Nevera 1,914 hp and allow a claimed top speed of 412 km/h. 0-100 km/h is said to take 1.85 seconds and a quarter-mile just 8.6. Thanks to the quad-motor system, Rimac has developed an all-wheel torque vectoring system it says replaces traditional stability control and calculates the exact amount of torque each tire can handle at any given time. That’s through more than 100 calculations per second.
High-tech is found in the brakes as well, and the Nevera has a brake pedal feel simulator that is meant to blend the braking changes between regeneration and friction brake to keep them hidden from the driver. 300 kW of regen is offered and the friction brakes are Brembo carbon ceramics.
Nevera is named for “a mighty and unexpected Mediterranean storm that races across the open sea off Croatia,” though it might also be a dig at those sceptical of the electric upstart. The automaker says that the storm represents the spirit of speed and disruptiveness it expects for the car.
A 120 kWh battery pack stores energy for the Nevera, and the structural pack adds 37 percent stiffness to the car, the company said. It should allow for a 550 km range using the WLTP cycle and Rimac says it can charge at 500 kW allowing a 0-80 percent charge in 19 minutes.
Rimac has also added a new AI driving coach, what it calls a first. Using 12 sensors, 13 cameras, six radars, and an Nvidia operating system, the Rimac Driving Coach overlays selected race tracks in real-time. Giving audio and visual guidance to find the right lines, turn-in, and braking points.
The 150 cars will start from 2m euro (CAD 2.9m) and Rimac says no two will be configured identically. Expect deliveries to begin this year.