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Rimac spins out technology division

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By Nick Flaherty


Newly independent Rimac Technology is part of the Rimac, which also includes the Bugatti Rimac electric supercar joint venture with Porsche. Rimac Technology will continue and expand its activities in the engineering, development, production, and supply of high-performance battery systems, electric drive units, electronic systems, and user interface components.

The company works with many major automotive manufacturers across Europe, using its engineering expertise in developing the Nevera supercar to offer a range of products to companies such as Hyundai, Kia, Automobili Pininfarina, Koenigsegg and Aston Martin.

Having delivered components for several niche volume projects in the past years, Rimac Technology says it is ramping up its production capacity and will be manufacturing tens of thousands of high-performance systems per year by 2024 and further ramping up to volumes of hundreds of thousands with products ranging from small hybrid battery systems to full rolling chassis.

Rimac Technology has 1,000 staff based on the outskirts of Zagreb, Croatia. From 2023, The Rimac Group, including Rimac Technology, will be headquartered at a new 200,000 m2 Rimac Campus on the outskirts of Zagreb in Croatia. Large enough to accommodate over 2,500 people, the Campus will include high-volume production of components for OEMs as well as production of the next generation electric supercar designs.

“If we go back to the very beginning of the Rimac Automobili business in 2009, the dream for me was to build my own electric hypercar. With Nevera we believe we’ve achieved that dream, creating a car that is not only the fastest accelerating in the world, but also comfortable, usable and brimming with our advanced technology.,” said Mate Rimac, CEO of The Rimac Group. “But Nevera isn’t just a standalone project, it’s a showcase of what Rimac Technology can do free from the costs or volume restraints of a large-scale manufacturer. We believe once you’ve pushed the technology as far as it can go, it makes it a lot easier to scale up to higher volume and lower cost. The e-Axles, Torque Vectoring, battery systems, connectivity, AI, and countless other electrical systems on Nevera are all our own creations, and each of them can be scaled to suit applications you might find on a range of higher volume performance vehicles.

“Separating the technology business into its own entity is a natural step as the focus of the two markets, hypercars and components, are completely different. For example, the products of Rimac Technology, while being on the cutting edge of performance, also need to be extremely cost competitive and producible at huge scales, while those issues are secondary for the hypercar business. This new structure will enable each company of the Rimac Group to flourish to their full potential, while still sharing the synergies between them – for example using our own hypercars as testbeds for new technology before we offer it to other OEMs,” he said.

As CEO of Rimac Group, Mate Rimac will run both Bugatti Rimac and Rimac Technology. Bugatti and Rimac Automobili both continue as separate respective brands, both operating as part of Bugatti Rimac with shared R&D and other core functions while retaining existing production facilities and distribution channels.

www.rimac-technology.com

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