KW automotive is collaborating with Rimac Automobili for their upcoming Rimac C_Two. In case you don’t know what is Rimac C_Two, it is an electric GT hypercar that needs to be comfortable during long journeys and deliver high performance on various racetracks. The electric hypercar can accelerate from 0 to 300 km/h in just 11.6 seconds hence the suspension requirements are high.
In collaboration with KW automotive, the handling and driving dynamics of the Rimac C_Two were fine-tuned using KW’s specialized equipment, on numerous demanding racetracks around the world, even before the electric sports car has done any driving. After years of development work, the Rimac C_Two is in the final phase of fine-tuning the fully KW suspension.
KW tested its shocks with adaptive damper control for the Rimac C_Two on the 7-Poster Rig specialized in Vertical Dynamics for chassis dynamic data analytics in Fichtenberg, Germany. Development of such a complex and unique vehicle requires multiple tuning sessions and changes to reach the highest possible refinement in terms of vehicle comfort, performance but also noise and vibration cancelation.
“The suspension system in the C_Two is the most innovative product that we have at KW automotive, and it’s necessary to deliver the broad range of abilities that Mate Rimac wants for the C_Two. We’re proud to say that this is the latest partnership between our two brands, and we’ve worked with Mate since the very beginning ten years ago when we provided the suspension for his all-electric BMW track car that inspired him to start building his own electric hypercars.”, says Klaus Wohlfarth, Founder and Managing Director of KW automotive.
So how is the testing being done by KW automotive? According to the company, this is how they’re doing it:
The Rimac C_Two is placed with its wheels on four stamps during the tests. The 4-post sweep tests various parameters such as axle kinematics, spring rates, suspension travel, damper settings, damper setups and much more. Each individual pillar has a wheel load scale and is moved by hydraulics. This generates a pressure of up to 230 bar in the hoses of the vehicle dynamics 7-post rig. The motion of the four large wheel actuators causes the entire body of the Rimac C_Two to vibrate. In the process, the KW engineers, together with their colleagues from Rimac, analyze resonance frequencies, among other things, at which the amplitude of the forced body reaches maximum. In this stroke sinusoidal oscillation, the electric sports car runs through a frequency band from one Hertz to 20 Hertz at a constant speed in phase zero passage. In addition to measurements at constant speeds of 75 mm/s, 150 mm/s, 200 mm/s, or 250 mm/s (excitation speed of the posts in the phase zero passage), the 7-Post Driving Dynamics test rig is also used to map various racetracks. After the tuning and development tests on the vehicle dynamics bench, further driving tests on various racetracks will begin shortly before the 1914 hp Rimac C_Two production model is presented to the public in a few months.
With that said, are you ready for the Rimac C_Two electrifying the road and track soon? Let us know what you think about the car!