RIMAC UNVEILS ANY NEW PRODUCTION LINE TO ACCELERATE THE PRODUCTION OF C_TWO PROTOTYPE
Rimac Automobili has unveiled the next stage in the development of the all-electric C_Two hypercar; a new production line. Based at Rimac’s recently opened production site in Veliko Trgovišće, Croatia, the line will accelerate production of the C_Two prototypes needed for final validation and crash tests for global approval. Assembling each C_Two will now take approximately five weeks for the team, cutting production time in half compared to “nest production” and allowing the construction of four final production vehicles per month at full capacity. While the prototype assembly process takes 5 weeks, the process begins much earlier in Rimac, as a large number of components and systems are produced in-house and delivered to the final assembly line.
Rimac has so far assembled four initial prototype vehicles, but 13 more are needed for the testing and certification process, followed by 10 more pre-production cars – most of which will be produced this year. The full homologation process, without any short cuts, is a three to four year process, from the first concepts, to full prototypes, to cars on the road. With the new line in place, Rimac Automobili will begin delivering customers’ cars in 2021, instead of 2020, in accordance with the original pre-COVID plan. The name and design of the final car will be revealed later this year.
The new production line is divided into five main areas, starting with the bonding of all supports and fixing points on the monohull. Two people in each subsequent area then continue to build the car piece by piece. Sub-assemblies such as the powertrain, the dashboard or the front radiator are built away from the line and delivered complete for installation.
Mate Rimac, Founder and CEO, Rimac Automobili, said: “We have worked hard to bring C_Two to where it is now, and we want our customers around the world to experience the thrill of a 1,914 vehicle horses – Electric hypercar The only way to do this is through a strict crash test process that requires many different prototypes, each with its own purpose, while some cars will go directly from the production line to the crash test facility, others will be used for different validation tests before hitting the wall. Only a handful of prototypes will not be overwritten during this program. As we accelerate the production of prototypes, this new line is a Absolutely necessary investment to streamline the process, and that will help us as we start delivering customers’ cars from next year. ”
The Rimac C_Two promised a top speed of 258 mph (412 km / h), a time of 0 to 62 mph (100 km / h) of 1.9 seconds and a time of 0-100 mph (161 km / h) 4.3 seconds when it first appeared. revealed in 2018. These unprecedented performances were first defined as extremely ambitious objectives by the Rimac Automobili team, but thanks to the process of development and in-depth testing of the car, the engineers are convinced that the objectives will be achieved.
In parallel with the development of C_Two, Rimac Automobili’s activity continued to expand, Porsche increasing its stake in the company to 15.5% and Hyundai Motor Group investing 80 million euros in the company. These latest announcements join a long list of already established Rimac partners, including Koenigsegg, Automobili Pininfarina and Aston Martin.