Yes, you read that right and, no, it’s not a typo. Karma Automotive’s latest concept, the SC2, has electric motors at each axle that will provide over 800 kW peak power (about 1100 horsepower) and an absolutely ludicrous amount of torque at 10,500 lb-ft. That means the Karma SC2 can shoot from 0 to 60 in just 1.9 seconds while at the same time having more torque than 10 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD’s.
Unfortunately for now we won’t be able to see the SC2’s ridiculous performance numbers in action as it’s just a concept car. But word is that this concept car previews Karma’s future design direction, as well as showing off a plethora of cool tech, so we could be seeing a lot of the SC2 in future Karma production cars.
One example of wildly cool tech found in the SC2 is the Drive and Play® Technology which allows drivers to have a racing simulator right in their car. Here’s how it works: a triple high definition camera under the windshield along with lidar sensors work to record a 360 degree capture of the car in motion. While the cameras are recording visual data, intelligent technology in the SC2 is recording everything else; turns, braking, acceleration, sounds, and nearly anything else. Then, when the car is parked, an adaptive laser projector in the car displays the journey right on the windshield while a mounted smartphone acts as your rear view mirror and displays the captured footage from the rear. Here’s what else Karma had to say regarding this interesting tech:
"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 onto the looks. The SC2 has a radically sleek body with metalwork that is tightly clung to the frame, creating a dramatic appearance. Its dramatic beauty is further emphasized by its massive scissor doors and sharp headlights. Seriously though—that door is ridiculously large. It seems to have some functionality although, as it looks like a storage compartment behind the front wheel is unveiled when the door is lifted.
So, there it is. An out of this world concept with jaw dropping looks with jaw dropping-er performance numbers. If the SC2 does somehow make it into production it’ll be a great addition to the niche market of hypercar buyers that are looking for an industrial amount of torque in their cars.