The Karma SC2 is here to give the Aspark Owl some serious competition

A 1,085hp EV hypercar with—get this—a built-in simulator
by Greg Potts | Nov 22, 2019
PHOTO: Karma Automotive

This is the Karma SC2 concept—and we can say with almost absolute certainty that it’ll never make production. Ever. Even Karma itself describes it as a “thought-provoking expression of Karma’s future Intellectual Property and product offerings.” In simple speak, it previews the company’s future design direction.

Like the wild, roofless SC1 Vision concept that we saw earlier this year, though, there is apparently a powertrain underneath, and this time, we’re given some details to chew on.

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It’s an EV, of course, and there are front- and rear-mounted electric motors that deliver a total of 1,085hp and 14,220Nm of wheel torque to all four wheels. Crikey. Nil to 60mph (97kph) apparently takes less than 1.9sec—which would put the SC2 in Aspark Owl and Tesla Roadster territory.

The battery is a 120kWh job and is housed beneath that central tunnel as well as underneath the dashboard and seats. Range is 563km.

Elsewhere, there’s plenty of carbon fiber, ceramic brakes, push-rod racing suspension, and a Karma torque vectoring gearbox. That interior is pretty cool-looking, too, isn’t it?

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And that’s where the SC2’s strangest feature reveals itself. Karma’s new ‘Drive and Play’ technology would apparently allow owners to re-live previous drives through an in-car simulated experience. Weird, right? It’s all possible thanks to a high-definition camera under the windshield and lidar sensors that provide 360-degree capture of the car in motion within its environment. While that’s happening, the car is remembering the inputs that the driver makes (right down to what playlist you’re listening to and the cabin temperature).

Once you park up, the SC2’s laser projector (with frickin’ laser beams) replays the journey as a sim, using a smartphone as a rearview mirror. Karma says that it’d allow drivers to “fine-tune their skills.” Riiight...

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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