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Rimac Concept Two: autonomous tech for new electric hypercar

Published: 14 February 2018

► Follow up to Concept One revealed at Geneva
► Expect autonomous capability
► 20 being made

Last month Rimac revealed the Concept Two, a brand new electric hypercar that could be faster than the Tesla Roadster. Now we’ve got some more details about the Concept Two, and they’re not what you’d expect.

According to Autocar, the new Concept Two will feature a 120 kWh battery, over the 82 kWh unit in the Concept One – and it’ll also have level four autonomous capability. That’s right, Rimac’s new electric hypercar should be able to drive itself.

Level four autonomous technology will allow the car to drive itself in specific, geo-fenced areas with HD-mapping, more timely data and car to car comms. Expected to come in the next decade, it’s not the sort of thing you’d expect to see this soon – let alone in a hypercar.

We’ll find out more about the Rimac Concept Two and its autonomous functions at this year’s 2018 Geneva motor show.

The different levels of autonomous tech, explained

Rimac Concept Two: everything else we know

Rimac is already known for the Concept One, a spectacular 1207bhp all-electric hypercar Richard Hammond famously binned on The Grand Tour – but now it’s ready to unveil a follow-up. Likely to be called the Concept Two, Rimac hasn’t actually told us much about the performance or specs of the car – but it has released this tantalising teaser video.

As you’d expect, the teaser is a shadowy dark affair, and looks more night club than motor show. However, it’s possible to make out a squat, low hypercar that slightly resembles the previous Concept One.

So what can we expect?

The Rimac Concept One was the fastest electric car on the road when it was released, but now the Concept Two will need to outperform the Tesla Roadster for the fastest EV title. If that’s what Rimacs is aiming for, the Concept Two will need get from 0 to 60mph in 1.9 seconds, feature a top speed of over 250mph and push for at least 600 miles of range.

When the Rimac Concept One was first unveiled, it was easy to see the Croatian automaker as yet another brand making ridiculous EVs, but things have changed in the last few years. Now Rimac makes batteries for Koenigsegg and soon Aston Martin, and that means the Concept Two might be a more refined and impressive car than you’d expect.

Whatever the Concept Two is like, there’ll be more of them than the Concept One. Rimac says it’ll be making 20 examples of its new hypercar, more than double the eight – including the one Hammond drove – Concept Ones made.

We’ll know more about the Rimac Concept Two when it’s unveiled at the 2018 Geneva motor show. Read our motor show round up here for everything else to expect.

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR magazine's new online editor and tech lover