The majority of automotive enthusiasts had the Ferrari F40 posted onto their wall as their dream machine. If everything in life went right, you’d be able to see one on the streets one day, but since that was highly unlikely, staring at one in your room didn’t hurt. I had one, in addition to a poster of a Lamborghini Murcielago. But the next generation of enthusiasts, they will probably go with something more high tech.
The F40 and Murcielago were both exotics that stood out in their time. Everyone knows about the F40 — it’s one of the best cars ever made, not only to drive, but to ogle at too.
The Murcielago wasn’t as well received as the F40, but it helped carry Lamborghini’s official flag of creating V12-powered monsters after Audi took ownership of the brand. The Ferrari Enzo, Honda NSX Type-R, Ferrari 575 Maranello, and Dodge Viper SRT-10, though, competed with the Murcielago for wall space.
Still, regardless of how you may feel about Lamborghini, the automaker knows how to make pinup cars. They have the recipe of making insane designs that look great from any angle. The classic wedge shape ensures Lambo’s supercars with a V12 have a narrow noise and wide hips. Plus there are those unmistakable scissor doors.
The next-generation of enthusiasts, though, probably won’t hang posters of the F40 or Murcielago on their walls. Instead, they’ll be hanging the Rimac C_Two everywhere. And I’m okay with that.
Automakers are moving towards electric cars with semi-autonomous capabilities. Unfortunately, none of the current crop of electric vehicles have an emotionally-stirring design. There were some cool electric concepts at the Geneva Motor Show, but those were mostly concepts.
The Rimac C_Two is very real and it makes electric cars look and sound cool. The specs behind Rimac’s second vehicle are equally as impressive — 1,914 horsepower and 1,696 pound-feet of torque with a zero to 60 mph time of just 1.85 seconds — but the way the thing looks is unlike any EV or autonomous car.
The thing that makes the F40 and Murcielago — and many other supercars worthy of your wall space — is their classic wedge-shaped designs. The Rimac C_Two isn’t as door-stopper-like as the Murcielago, but it’s still got a hint of a wedge of cheese. The rear end is ever so slightly raised at the back, which gives the car a gorgeous silhouette.
Besides the profile of the vehicle, there’s plenty of special design cues that one could get lost in. Supercars of the past were plainer, not nearly as flashy as big-winged monstrosities of today. But times have changed and the Rimac C_Two is a good step forward for supercars as a whole and a massive step forward for EVs.
My favorite part on the Rimac C_Two is the hood. Usually, hoods are an unimposing part of a car, simply functioning as something to cover the engine. But on the EV, it’s intimidating. The grooves could serve as a washboard and the two large ridges running from the base of the windshield to the grille are stunning. The hood, the headlights, and the front spoiler give the car a similar look to a pit viper. I could stare at pictures of the Rimac C_Two for hours, which is a necessity for a pinup of any kind.
There’s a lot to worry about as enthusiasts looking towards the future of vehicles. But for the wealthy individuals out there, there’s still a lot to be excited about. And for the next generation of enthusiasts that may or may not struggle with the idea of getting a license, having cars like the Rimac C_Two on their walls may push them towards choosing to drive instead of letting the car drive them.
For me, I’ll keep the the Murciealgo and F40 plastered on my wall. But I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that younger enthusiasts are leaning towards having a Rimac C_Two on their wall. It’s better than any other production-ready EV we’ve seen and it’ll keep cars alive for younger generations. That has to be a good thing, right?