Rimac Automobili announces pre-series production of electric hypercars

Rimac Automobili has revealed that it’s moving towards full-scale production of its C_Two all-electric hypercar in 2021. The build of six pre-series vehicles begins at the Rimac facility in Veliko Trgovišće, Croatia.

The new production line in Croatia has already been used for the production of 12 experimental and validation prototype C_Two vehicles. There were used for the extensive testing program as well as validation and crash testing.

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Now, the six pre-series cars are basically production-spec C_Twos with a fit and finish, driveability and reliability that is nearly production-ready. Minor modifications are still possible as a result of the of final production inputs and durability and reliability testing.

The pre-series cars will be used for the final tweaks before full-scale production begins, dedicated to homologation tests, durability tests, trim experimentation, noise vibration and harshness tweaking and global product evaluation.

The Rimac C_Two lives up the name hyerpcar thanks to a promised a top speed of 258mph (412 kph). It can accelerate from 0-62mph (100kph) in under two seconds and will hit 0-100 mph (161 km/h) in 4.3 seconds.

These unheard of performance figures were first set as hugely ambitious targets by the Rimac Automobili team. Yet, through the car’s extensive development and testing process, engineers have made sure to meet and exceed the set targets.

Assembling each of these speedy hypercars C_Two pre-series car takes around eight weeks, cutting the production time in half compared to the earlier test samples. The new production line allows for the build of four final vehicles a month at full capacity.

The actual assembly of the cars takes five weeks but the process starts three weeks earlier at Rimac. This is because a large number of components and systems are produced in-house and delivered to the final assembly line.

The company has custom jigs to ensure that all components assembled elsewhere within the business, including the advanced 120 kWh Rimac-designed-and-built, liquid-cooled battery, and Rimac powertrain, can be fitted seamlessly and quickly to consistently high standards.

Once all static tests are complete, the pre-series cars undertake a dyno check where the powertrain that produces 1,914 horsepower, is tested along with the brakes. Then the pre-series cars head out for road testing as engineers check for wind noise and powertrain noise, as well as any squeaks and rattles or unexpected vibrations.

Mate Rimac, Founder and CEO, Rimac Automobili, said: “We’re creating an entirely new type of performance vehicle with the C_Two. After thousands of virtual simulation hours, years of design and engineering, and many rough and ready prototypes, it’s a very special feeling to see pre-series cars now making their way up our production line. This is the clearest sign yet that the C_Two is almost here, and we can’t wait to deliver the cars to our customers in 2021 and to showcase it all over the world.”

Ian Osborne
Ian Osborne
Editor-in-Chief at ElectricDrives

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