Rimac Automobili this week welcomed UK trade secretary, Greg Hands, to its headquarters just outside Zagreb in Croatia. Hands visited Rimac as a part of his working trip to Croatia and Slovenia. The visit marks the continuation of a close relationship between Rimac Automobili and the UK with the opening of a new research and development office in Britain.
Rimac Automobili is the brainchild of Mate Rimac who dreamt of creating his own electric supercar back in 2009. With limited resources Mate and his team revealed the world’s first electric supercar, the Concept_One, just two years later. Things have evolved and impressed Porsche, who recently invested a lot of money in the project. Rimac Automobili’s are now working on the C_Two which is a limited edition electric hypercar.
Rimac Automobili’s research and development office, which is based at Warwick Enterprise Park, plans to employ 30 people by the end of 2021. It will be closely collaborating with both the UK automotive industry and Rimac’s Croatian headquarters. Rimac currently employs nearly 1,000 people and continues to rapidly expand.
Mate Rimac, founder and CEO, said: “While Croatia will always be our home, we have decided to take the opportunity to gather a small team in the UK, where the automotive industry has a long history and great expertise. We are of the strong opinion that British engineers are world-class in the field of electrification and future of mobility.
“While we are starting with a small office, we might expand significantly in the years to come, working on Rimac’s future projects, while closely collaborating with our team of engineers, designers and technicians back in Croatia.”
Rimac Automobili already has close ties to the UK, with H.R. Owen, as a part of the global partners network. The company has already provided electrified technology to a number of British automotive brands including Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover. Rimac Automobili is also a supplier to many of the world’s largest carmakers including Hyundai, Porsche, Automobili Pininfarina, Koenigsegg and others.
Soon, Rimac will reveal the ultimate showcase of its electric vehicle technology with their hypercar C_Two in its final form. It’s currently undergoing final testing. The C_Two is designed, engineered and built in-house at Rimac Automobili, and subject to a multi-year homologation process.
The C_Two will soon enter series production, which is limited to 150 units. The Rimac C_Two promises a top speed of 258 mph (412 kph). It will accelerate from a 0-62mph (100kmph) in under two seconds and hit 0-100 mph (161 kph) in 4.3 seconds. It’s already proved such a hit that even former Formula world champion Nico Rosberg has order one. Here’s Rosberg taking a C_Two prototype for a test drive: