At its 70th birthday party Porsche AG announced the name of its first all-electric model (read about it in this post). A few days ago the German firm declared that is had taken a stake in the Croatian technology and sports car company Rimac.
A small share
Porsche AG said that it took a ten per cent share of Rimac Automobili. Porsche electrification efforts require a development partnership and Rimac was deemed the most suitable. Rimac, of course, shot into the limelight by producing electric super sportscars entirely on its own.
This will be the second well-known manufacturer, after Koenigsegg, to recognise the work carried out by the relatively new car maker. The fast-growing Zagreb-based company employs a total of around 400 employees. Rimac’s main focus is on high-voltage battery technology, electric powertrains and the development of digital interfaces between man and machine (HMI Development). Rimac also develops and produces e-bikes under its subsidiary Greyp Bikes, which are available in South Africa, click here for more info.
A recent hit
At the Geneva Motor Show held earlier this year Rimac unveiled the C_Two electric hypercar. C_Two produces in excess of 1 400 kW and reaches a top speed of 412 km/h. Incredibly, Rimac says it has a range of 650 km (NEDC Cycle).
“By developing the purely electric two-seaters super sports cars, like the ‘Concept One’ or ‘C Two’, as well as core vehicle systems, Rimac has impressively demonstrated its credentials in the field of electromobility”, says Lutz Meschke, deputy chairman of the executive board for Finance and IT at Porsche. He adds: “We feel that Rimac’s ideas and approaches are extremely promising, which is why we hope to enter into close collaboration with the company in the form of a development partnership.”
“This partnership now is an important step for Rimac on our way to become a component and system supplier of choice for the industry in electrification, connectivity and the exciting field of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems”, explains Rimac’s CEO Mate Rimac.