23 March 2023
Rimac Automobili, now Rimac Group, is a Croatian car manufacturer currently headquartered in Sveta Nedelja, with construction of a new, nearly completed 25-acre campus in Zagreb.
Rimac develops and produces electric sports cars, drivetrains and battery systems.
The company was founded in 2009 by Mate Rimac. Rimac Automobili’s first model, the Concept One, was the world’s fastest-production electric vehicle, using an engine from an E30 BMW.
Rimac has investments from Porsche and Hyundai, Softbank and Goldman Sachs.
It provides technology to Aston Martin, Jaguar, and Koenigsegg; perhaps most significantly, Rimac took control of Bugatti in 2021.
The latest piece of technological wizardry is the Rimac Nevera; the name comes from the Croatian word for sudden and short storms, usually accompanied by lightning, which occurs primarily along the Croatian Adriatic coast.
The first Nevera was launched in 2021, and production will be capped at 150.
The car has more horsepower than a Formula One racer; the Nevera can reach 60 mph in 1.85 seconds, a quarter-mile in 8.6 seconds, and a top speed of 258mph.
When Mate Rimac was asked recently what makes Rimac a Rimac, he replied, ‘Bending Physics.’
The Nevera is an incredibly powerful EV limited only by price, production, and the police.