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Rimac Automobili
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Partner Information
Based Flag of Croatia.png Sveta Nedelja, Croatia
Founder Mate Rimac (2009)
Announced 4 July 2014[1]
Broke 2015
Role Vehicle Supplier
Official Website Rimac Automobili

Rimac Automobili, known simply as Rimac, are a Croatian automotive manufacturer which specialises in developing electric sports cars.[2] Founded in 2009 by Mate Rimac, Rimac have produced several concept sports cars, and have agreed a deal with Porsche, who became a 10% stake holder, to develop high performance electric vehicles.[2][3]

Rimac previously featured as a sponsor of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship during the inaugural 2014/15 season, supplying the series with an example of their Concept One sports car.[1]

Background

Rimac's origins are to be found in 2007, when garage based engineer Mate Rimac began to convert his own BMW E30 to an electric powertrain, with funding from a group of minor investors.[2] By 2009 Rimac had produced several patents, many of which were sold to allow the foundation of Rimac Automobili that same year.[2] Rimac's eE30 subsequently became a testbed for Rimac's first concept cars, which subsequently became known within the group as the "Green Monster".[2]

Concepts and Companies

Continued research and development work on the "Green Monster" would eventually result in Rimac's first in-house creation, the Concept One.[2] Debuting at the 2011 Frenkfurt Motorshow, Rimac agreed to an initial production run of 88 units, with the first delivery to a customer coming in 2013.[2] The group subsequently became interested in the Formula E Championship for advertising and promotion purposes as they began developing the Concept One's successor.[2]

By 2018 the Rimac C Two was ready to be launched, unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.[2] That, combined with supply contracts for Aston Martin and Jaguar, prompted future FE entrant Porsche to acquire a 10% stake in Rimac in June 2018, with the Croatian firm expected to aid the German manufacturer's move to electrification.[3]

Formula E History

Rimac would express interest in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship ahead of the inaugural 2014/15 season, but lacked the funds and experience to join as an entrant.[1] Instead, Rimac opened negotiations with Formula E Holdings to become a series sponsor, with a deal between the two groups announced on the eve of the 2014 Donington Test.[1] Rimac would supply the series with an example of its Concept One sports car, which would appear at each ePrix as the Race Director's official track inspection vehicle.[1]

Rimac would appear at every round in 2014/15, although the deal between the two would not be renewed at the end of the season.

Products

Rimac previously supplied the ABB FIA Formula E Championship with one of its Concept One sports cars, intended to serve as a track inspection vehicle for the race director.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 'Rimac Automobili to supply Concept_One supercar for series', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 04/07/2014), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2014/july/rimac-automobili-to-supply-concept_one-supercar-for-formula-e.aspx, (Accessed 20/07/2015)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 'HISTORY & MILESTONES', rimac-automobili.com, (Rimac Automobili, 2019), http://www.rimac-automobili.com/en/company/, (Accessed 09/02/2019)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Porsche takes a stake in the Croatian technology and sports car company Rimac', newsroom.porsche.com, (Porsche AG, 20/06/2018), https://newsroom.porsche.com/en/company/porsche-rimac-automobili-development-partnership-technology-sports-car-company-zagreb-croatia-electromobility-geneva-motor-show-electric-hypercar-c-two-15697.html, (Accessed 09/02/2019)
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