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The Karma SC2 concept looks really rather lovely

Striking EV hypercar has 1,100bhp and will hit 60mph in less than 1.9 seconds

Published: 21 Nov 2019

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 Karma has given us 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 between them deliver 1,085bhp and 10,500lb ft of torque to all four wheels. Crikey. 0-60mph apparently takes less than 1.9 seconds – 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 350 miles.

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

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. Whilst 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).

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

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