The hardware is compelling, if somewhat eye-watering. The car is built around a composite tub, and there’s an electric motor for each wheel, with independent single-speed gearboxes at the front and two two-speed dual-clutch ’boxes for the back axle. The aim is to ensure the C_Two can make the most of its 1888bhp and, more important, its mountainous 1696lb ft.
With double-wishbone suspension, torque vectoring, and the potential for level four autonomous driving, the car has the works. Just don’t expect it to be cheap.
5. Pinifarina Pininfarina Battista
Much like the relationship between the Porsche Taycan and the Audi RS E-tron GT, the Pininfarina Battista shares much hardware (and software) with the Rimac C_Two but will present as the more outwardly luxurious, more GT-oriented machine of the pair.
It’s therefore unsurprising that full-scale models seen by Autocar appear beautifully wrought, both inside and out, and largely Italianate, despite the fact that the company is now based in Munich and the parent company – Mahindra Group – is Indian. The engineers and trimmers themselves, however, include alumni from Pagani and the Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar.
With deliveries set for 2021, the Battista has vital statistics that will fit right in with its contemporaries. Think 1900bhp, 1696lb ft, 0-186mph in less than 12sec, 217mph all out and an asking price of around £2 million. Interestingly, the next step for Pininfarina will be an electric answer to the Lamborghini Urus, as well as smaller SUVs to up against Porsche.
6. Rivian R1T
Rivian’s R1T might not have a seven-figure price or Formula 1-beating straight-line performance, and that’s because it’s a pick-up truck. However, this doesn’t make it any less desirable than plenty of other entrants on this list of ultimate electric cars, at least to our eyes.
Deliveries begin in summer 2021, with the R1T sized between big trucks, such as the Ford Ranger, and enormous ones, such as the Ram 1500. All-wheel drive comes courtesy of an electric motor on each axle, and the most powerful model will make around 750bhp. Adjustable air suspension will feature, and the 180kWh model has a projected range of more than 400 miles – handy if you’re off the beaten track for a day or three.