Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Rimac C_Two: BBC Top Gear Reviews Croatia Car Prototype (VIDEO)

March 10, 2020 – VIDEO: BBC/Top Gear tests Rimac C_Two prototype which can go from 0 to 100 kph in under two seconds!

Tom Ford/Top Gear reviewed the Rimac electric hypercar prototype, with the 1.94 million EURO price tag, on March 10, 2020.

Rimac C_Two: Here are the Numbers

The technical tour-de-force that can reach 160 kph in 4.3 seconds. It will manage some 550 kilometers on a charge (WLTP) and be able to charge to 80 per cent in just half an hour on a fast charger. More pertinently, it will have four-wheel drive and insanely complicated torque vectoring, active aero and sophisticated battery management to prevent performance drop off.

This is a prototype that’s been in testing for several months. “Virtually nothing on this car will be the same as the production version,” says Mate Rimac cheerfully, CEO of his eponymous company, “but it represents a significant step on the journey.” Mate is driving first and the C_Two yelps away from a standstill flicking gravel into the as-yet-unlined arches. It creaks and squeaks a little, but it goes. Hard.

Did Mate Rimac let you have a drive?

Yep, he’s a generous bloke. The driver’s seat is both familiar and a little weird, with an aquarium-blue interior that feels like a CAD drawing, and two massive red buttons by my right elbow that isolate the electrics and disable the braking system.


Rimac C-Two | Rimac

First impressions?

The steering is non-production heavy, the vision surprisingly good - forwards, at least, because the rear view is filled with wires and mysterious boxes of digital think. The ride is… fine. Not hard, but obviously not optimised.

The acceleration is delivered in one long pull rather than the tidal surges of an ICE engine. The car feels half a tonne lighter than its prototype weight of two-and-a-quarter-plus tonnes, with the real deal ending up somewhere just under the double for production.


Rimac C-Two Interior | Rimac

Any final thoughts from the boss?

Just one: “I didn’t actually build this car because I needed to bring down my company C02 targets or because of particular environmental concerns,” he says, with disarming honesty and despite the fact he’s a vegan with a huge passion for environmentalism and eco-consciousness,

“I did it because EV is the best solution. It will make for a better car,” he added.

Follow our Made in Croatia page for updates on the Rimac C_Two electric hypercar and other Croatian innovations. More information and specifications on the car can be found here.

Friday, 21 June 2019

VIDEO: Rimac's C_Two Featured in Popular Computer Game!

One of Croatia's most inspiring success stories is that of Mate Rimac, by far. 

Rimac, an unassuming man in his thirties from Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina, appears to have done what little to no other people manage to do in Croatia, and his progressive way of thinking as a daring and innovative entrepreneur has seen his company reach heights of success that not even he could have imagined in his wildest dreams when first starting out.

The Rimac Concept_One was once proclaimed the world's fastest electric car, and what is most surprising of all, as that these truly incredible electric vehicles are designed, built and finished right here in Croatia, more precisely in a factory located in Sveta Nedjelja near Zagreb.

Recently, Rimac attracted the attention of British YouTuber Shmee150 who went to the factory and was given an extensive tour around the premises by no less than Mate Rimac himself, who guided the YouTuber around, detailing each and every process that goes into the design and creation of these Croatian cars in perfect English. Shmee150, who is followed by a large number of car fanatics, was visibly shocked by what he had seen at the factory, as well as by Rimac's seemingly endless knowledge about what takes place there.

Following that visit, Mate Rimac began to upload his own YouTube videos in a series, you can watch them in order by clicking here, here, and here.

Rimac's Concept_Two has now appeared in a popular computer game, offering yet more publicity to the man and his company who refused to let the draconian policies of the Croatian state get him down and proved that one can absolutely succeed in Croatia.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 21st of June, 2019, Forza Horizon 4, an extremely popular computer game, has featured no less than Rimac's Concept_Two.

"With 1914 hp, C_Two is the most powerful hyper-car in the world. Its amazing performance allows acceleration from 0-60 miles per hour in 1.85 seconds, 0-186 miles per hour in 11.8 seconds or 0-100 kilometres per hour in 1.97 seconds. Now this experience has been enabled in the virtual world. Racing simulations are more than a game, here, reality and the virtual world become one.''

Watch a clip of Rimac's C_Two featured in the popular game here:

Make sure to follow our dedicated lifestyle and Made in Croatia pages for much more.