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Vehicle Engineering: Structural Analysis

Crashing the Rimac C Two Hypercar

Showing you everything – even the tough-to-watch crash tests.

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Crash-test prototypes

Our crash testing programme for global homologation is so rigorous that nine out of 17 C_Two prototypes will be crash tested in three phases.

Design and simulations

The design process is long and complex: we start with a rough concept which is virutally simulated. Once we’re happy with the result, our design and engineering departments refine the model.

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Hours

That’s how long it takes to run the C_Two Trimmed Body FE crash simulation on our supercomputer.

Material and components testing

The next step is to conduct material and component tests ahead of system tests before commencing the full vehicle testing program. The aim is to find the closest correlation between simulations and physical tests.

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First attempt at components crash testing was a fail.

The rail peeled off like a banana.

We went back, re-designed the component and the second time the crash test was a big success, enabling us to proceed to full vehicle testing.

Vehicle testing

Starting with experimental prototypes, we graduate to validation prototypes and pre-production prototypes before testing the final car. It’s a long and arduous process, usually undertaken by only the largest manufacturers but it’s a path we choose, to reach a fully homologated global production vehicle like no other.  

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Miliones of nodes

Together with 5.353.991 elements. The C_Two Trimmed Body FE Model is as big as it gets.

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The C_Two monocoque is the biggest carbon fiber single part ever produced in automotive industry.

Next steps:

Validation prototypes crash tests.

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