The Concept One came two years later at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the product of a then six-man-strong company. Powered by four liquid-cooled permanent magnet synchronous electric motors, it produced a huge 913 kW (1,224PS) and could accelerate from 0-62mph in 2.5 seconds. When the eight units were delivered in 2013, it was reportedly the world’s fastest accelerating electric vehicle. In 2017, the Concept One set a new EV speed record on the hillclimb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard.
Nine years after the Concept One made its motorshow debut, the C_Two will do the same, this time at Geneva in March. Rimac is now a 600-man company, with Mate retaining a 47.7 per cent share, while Porsche, Hyundai, Kia and Camel Group are also stakeholders.
The C_Two builds on the Concept One’s already blistering performance, boasting 1,408kW (1,914PS) and 2,300Nm (1,702lb ft) of torque, once again produced by four wheel-mounted motors. This incredible power should send the car to 62mph in 1.85 seconds, with a top speed of 258mph.
Active aerodynamics in the bonnet and splitter and top-end materials throughout make for a lightweight and streamlined car, while a full carbon-fibre monocoque, rear carbon subframe and aluminium/carbon crash structures combine to make the C_Two incredibly strong.
But most impressive of all is the technology throughout, which includes Level 4 autonomy, which implements eight on-board cameras, a pair of lidar, six radar emitters, twelve ultrasonic sensors, a GPS and an IMU sensor. All-wheel torque vectoring allows for the car to run in various configurations, from rear-biased and driftable to having excellent traction on slippery surfaces.