Croatian hypercar manufacturer, Rimac Automobili, is undertaking a rigorous and expensive crash-test program for its all-electric C_Two hypercar ahead of its production run commencing in 2021.
In all, Rimac is building 13 prototypes and five pre-production examples of its 415km/h all-electric hypercar, with plans to destroy 11 of them in order to homologate the C_Two globally.
Rimac’s stringent safety analysis started with computer simulations before the company began its crash-testing program in 2019. Now, Rimac has sent another example of its US$2,000,000 (AUD$2.8 million) hypercar to the wall, this time completing the stringent 56km/h. 40 per cent offset, deformable barrier impact test.
“This test is mostly used for calibration of restraint systems and of course to validate the behaviour of the crash test dummies,” said mechanical engineer – trims, Petar Marjanovic.
The results were positive, with the C_Two behaving in actual crash-testing exactly as previous computer modelling had predicted. While the front of the $2.8 million hypercar crumpled beyond recognition, the monocoque remained undamaged with minimal deformation into the cabin, and nor did the crash test dummies experience an excessive force.
Check out the video of the Rimac C_Two being put through rigorous crash testing below.
The Rimac C_Two was first unveiled at the 2018 Geneva motor show. With a combined power output of 1408kW from its four permanent magnet synchronous electric motors, one at each wheel, Rimac claims a top speed of 415km/h and a 0-97km/h (0-60mph) acceleration claim of just 1.85 seconds. Range from the 120kWh battery is claimed at 647km.
Around 150 cars will be built at Rimac’s new Veliko Trgovišće factory in Croatia, with first customer deliveries expected in 2021.