Rimac doesn’t boast anywhere near Lotus’ seven decades of history and manufacturing know-how, having been founded in the garage of company boss Mate Rimac in Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina. But the C_Two, unveiled in 2018, is still very much an Evija rival.
In 2007, the then 18-year-old Mate Rimac began working with electric motors when the conventional powertrain in his BMW E30 drift car blew up. From there, he moved into larger rental facilities near Zagreb in Croatia in 2009, keeping the E30 ‘Green Monster’ as the company’s prototype.
The 1,287hp Rimac Concept One was unveiled in 2011, followed by the track-orientated Concept S and then the C_Two, with gull-wing doors, more power, an extended range and limited to 150 units, like the Evija.
The C_Two’s four electric motors produce a combined 1,914 horsepower and 2,300Nm of torque. Despite being made almost entirely of carbon fibre the C_Two is a heavy machine, weighing in at 1,950kg, but with all that power it’ll still sprint to 62mph in 1.85 seconds on its way to a top speed of 258mph.
Alongside a torque vectoring system you’ll find eight cameras, a LIDAR, six radars, and twelve ultrasonic sensors, all aiding its level 4 autonomous capability. There’s one system you definitely won’t find on the Evija: facial recognition software to start the car and the adjust settings according to the owner's mood… There’s also a ‘drift mode’, although quite why that’s necessary we’re not entirely sure.