Rimac Automobili manufactures high-performance electric cars based in Sveta Nedelja, in Zagreb (Croatia). Its founder, Mate Rimac, is considered a visionary in electric mobility-focused on high performance, while the company has experienced impressive growth since its founding in 2009.
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The company and its origins
But the origin of Rimac predates 2009. It all dates back to 2006 and 2007 when a young 19-year-old Mate Rimac assembled a fully electric high-performance BMW 3 Series E30 prototype, nicknamed e-M3, with more than 600 hp. of power and an impressive torque of 900 Nm.
A series of patents in this field and the 0 to 100 km / h in 3.3 seconds is just a reflection of the potential of this vehicle, which helped Rimac become known in front of investors and other large manufacturers in the automotive industry world.
This project encouraged Rimac to become a car manufacturer and found the company that bears his surname two years later. Since then, Rimac Automobili has not stopped growing and today employs 850 people dedicated to the design, engineering, and manufacture of electric hypercars and electric car high-performance components for the global automotive industry.
In 2012 the first vehicle appeared under the Rimac logo, the Concept_One. This prototype electric supercar announced a maximum power of more than 1,000 hp and 1,600 Nm of torque thanks to a propulsion system made up of four engines. Its battery pack gave it a range of 400 kilometres, 0 to 100 km / h in 2.5 seconds, and a maximum speed of 355 km / h.
Two years later, the first investors appeared, including Hyundai Motor Group, with 14% of its total shares (in 2019, Porsche increased its stake in Rimac to 15.5%). In 2016, the impressive Rimac Concept_One became a production model, and two years later, in 2018, the Rimac C_Two was unveiled, with 1,940 hp of power and a range of more than 600 kilometres on a single charge. Rimac Automobili announced a top speed of more than 400 km / h.
Rimac electric cars and prices
The current range of Rimac models is made up of the already mentioned C_Two. This electric hyper sports car has an electric motor located in each wheel for 1,940 hp and 2,300 Nm of torque. The 120 kWh capacity battery advertises 650 kilometres of autonomy in the previous NEDC cycle. This translates into 0 to 100 km / h in less than two seconds and reaches 300 km / h in less than 12. Its maximum speed has been encrypted at 412 km / h. Only a total of 150 copies will be produced, with a price of 2 million euros.
In the past, the manufacturer marketed the Rimac Concept_One, with a similar engine configuration but with an output of 1,224 hp and a maximum torque of 1,600 Nm. The battery has a capacity of 82 kWh and is advertised in a range of 400 kilometres. It goes from 0 to 100 km / h in 2.6 seconds and registers a maximum speed of 355 km / h. Production was limited to just eight copies with a price of more than 800,000 euros; all of them were sold between 2015 and 2016.
Collaborations are an essential part of Rimac Automobili’s activity. It works with manufacturers such as Aston Martin, Cupra, Renault, Automobili Pininfarina, and Koenigsegg. However, there are some unique collaborations for the Croatian manufacturer.
Among them, the Koenigsegg Reggera stands out, for which it supplied the inverters, electronics, and the battery system of the Swedish hypercar. Something similar would happen with the Aston Martin Valkyrie, to which Rimac has delivered the specific battery pack for the hybrid supercar. Meanwhile, the company’s most recent collaboration was with Pininfarina to develop the Battista, a hypercar that shares the powertrain, battery, and electronics with the C_Two.
In the technology section, Rimac Automobili develops battery packs, electric motors, electronic components for automobiles, torque vectoring systems, and infotainment and connectivity solutions. Safety also plays a vital role for the company, especially in developing driving assistants such as the artificial intelligence Driver Coach or Level 4 autonomous cruise control.