The Rimac C_Two is a four-wheel-drive electric hypercar with four independent permanent-magnet electric motors and torque vectoring. It sends a combined 1,914 horsepower through a pair of two-speed gearboxes on its rear axle, and two single-speed units with a 5:8 ratio on the smaller front axle. It also features a total of seven cooling systems to keep the two main units and the roughly 8,000 battery cells in line.
The result of this rather complex 2,425-pound powertrain is a wheel torque figure of 12,573 pound-feet in first gear and 6,068 in second, for a zero-to-62 run of under 2 seconds. Meanwhile, top speed is a staggering 258 miles per hour thanks to the motors that rev to 17,700 rpm.
As you’d expect, both Mate Rimac and powertrain team Lead Boris Tarnovski can hit you with a lot more figures regarding the C_Two in just one minute each, also touching the subject of how such an innovative concept can reach a production-ready state under a CEO who’s rarely set on a design. Tarnovski has the experience, since back in 2011, he was one of Rimac’s first three employees.
Aside from hitting the streets in the Rimac C_Two and the Pininfarina Battista, Rimac’s compact powertrain packages could find their way into a number of other applications, including swaps in classic cars. The smaller one used for the front axle of the C_Two is a 209-pound unit offering 600 horsepower and over 2,200 pound-feet of torque. The rear one produces 1,340 horsepower. Rimac would like to know what you’d do with such a groundbreaking piece of kit: