The Rimac C_Two is finally nearing completion and will be packing some serious heat come production time.
According to EVO, C_Two ran an 8.94 second quarter mile time in a test run operating at 85 per cent power, which worked out to be four-tenths quicker than a Bugatti Chiron.
The Rimac will boast an eye popping 0-100km/h time of 1.85 seconds and will do so with 1408kW of power and 2300Nm of torque.
While we wait for the Rimac to launch, let’s take a look at some of the fastest accelerating production cars currently on sale.
To break the sub-three second mark is no easy feat, but these two have done it. Both are completely road legal and on sale now.
While Ferrari accomplished it with a 3.9-litre twin turbocharged V8 making 530kW of power and 770Nm of torque, the Lamborghini uses a 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 engine with 470kW and 600Nm. The 2.9 second claim is for the all-wheel drive Evo coupe.
The ultra-lightweight Caterham 620R isn’t for the faint-hearted, with a 231kW/297Nm supercharged four-pot under the bonnet. The 620 in its name refers to its weight – just 620kg! Shifts are lightning fast thanks to a unique sequential gearbox. It’s the ultimate track toy.
Based on a Lotus Exige but produced in Texas, the Venom GT packs a GM-sourced twin-turbocharged 7.0-litre V8 engine with 927kW and 1600Nm and has reached speeds of up to 430km/h. It’s brutally fast – so much so it’s currently in contention of being the fastest car on Earth when it comes to top speed.
Hennessey is rolling out its new Venom F5, named after the highest level on the Fujita scale for tornadoes and built on a bespoke platform. It has even more power (1355kW) from its twin-turbocharged 6.6-litre V8 engine and promises a 0-100km/h time of 2.6 seconds.
Porsche’s fastest 911 to date and the flagship of the range, the Turbo S is a serious piece of weaponry. 3.8 litres of twin-turbocharged flat-six goodness propels the car to 100km/h in just 2.6 seconds. Total outputs are 478kW and 800Nm, with all-wheel-drive helping to put that to the ground.
Bugatti may be looking at an all-electric future with help from Rimac, but in the meantime it has arguably the most impressive internal combustion engine on the market: an 8.0-litre quad-turbocharged W16 engine with a staggering 1118kW of power and 1600Nm of torque.
The Tesla Model S is blisteringly quick not only for a sedan or an electric vehicle but for a car, period. In tri-motor Plaid guise, it has 761kW of power and yet still has a claimed range of 628km.
A faster Plaid+ version is on its way soon with more power (over 820kW), more range (over 840km) and a quicker 0-100km/h time that has yet to be announced.
The fact that an all-electric sedan costing a small fraction of a Bugatti’s price tag is an astonishing feat by Tesla and proves electric cars can have the same performance as their petrol-powered counterparts. As we’re about to find out, things are only going to get wilder from here.
While the Rimac C_Two will undoubtedly be as wild as its spec sheet, it’s not the only car that will break the sub-two second barrier.
The all-wheel-drive, 1491kW Evija will be an all-electric hypercar with its sights set on a 200mph+ (321km/h) top speed and a 0-100km/h time of under three seconds. However, with that amount of power it will be surely closer to two. If you want one, too late – they’ve all been sold for $2 million each.
Claimed to be the fastest road car ever made in Italy, the Battista will have a similar setup to the Evija, with a motor on each wheel to give instantaneous power. How much power, you ask? 1416kW and 2300Nm – enough power to give you a headache.
A lot of the powertrain technology for this car is shared with the Rimac C_Two but expect the Pininfarina to have its own personality traits and, of course, that classic Italian styling.
Unveiled in 2017, the new Tesla Roadster is working up to be a monster. As Tesla claims, it will be “the quickest car in the world” with a 0-100km/h time of 2.1 seconds. The company also states it will have a top speed of over 400km/h and a range of over 1000km. Certainly a car to watch out for, then.