Karma unleashes continent-shifting SC2 concept

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Words: Nile Bijoux
20 Nov 2019

Karma has debuted its latest hyper concept ahead of the LA Auto Show, called the SC2, and it boasts some pretty incredible numbers.

Karma’s electric two-seater offers a reported 820kW and 14,000Nm of torque. The latter is given at the wheel, which means it has been derived by multiplying the engine torque by the gear ratio and final drive, netting a larger, more marketable number. If you’re interested, Jason Fenske over at Engineering Explained broke it down in a video, finding that the Dodge Demon (with all the Demon Crate add-ons) also makes 14,000Nm of wheel torque in first gear.

Either way, the end result of the SC2 is a claimed 0-60mph (97km/h) time of less than two seconds.

That power doesn’t affect range they say, with Karma claiming 563km per charge. It’s unclear which test cycle that is determined by but it’s not entirely unfeasible with a 120kWh battery mounted within the centre tunnel and beneath the dashboard and seats.

Carbon-ceramic brakes, pushrod suspension aid track performance and a trick new torque-vectoring gearbox sends power to each corner as it needs it.

Other tech found in the concept includes the interesting ability to “re-live” your last drive with the car. We’ll let Karma explain it: “A triple high definition camera under the windshield and frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) lidar sensors provide 360-degree capture of the car in motion, within a 3D environment. Simultaneously, SC2’s intelligent technology captures the entire driving experience in real-time; turns, braking, acceleration, light simulations, sounds, air temperature and audio playlist.

After the drive, SC2’s adaptive laser projector replays the journey while the vehicle is parked, while a mounted smartphone acts as the cabin’s rear-view mirror; transforming SC2 into a driving simulator where the user can re-experience their drive and fine-tune their skills.

Drivers can then share their Drive and Play experience with others, and also stream drivers’ routes from around the world within their own vehicles, experiencing driving simulations at world-famous roads and race tracks.”

Now all that’s left is for Karma to actually put the SC2 into production...

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