Croatia-based Rimac Automobili
, the electric hypercar manufacturer and electric technology specialist, has unveiled the design for a new ‘state of the art’ campus base on the outskirts of Zagreb that will feature an on-site test track, accommodation and museum.
Born out of Mate Rimac’s vision to create the world’s most exciting and powerful electric sports cars and electrified performance components, in just a decade, Rimac Automobili has grown from one man in a garage to a global technology powerhouse. Now, it is one of the automotive industry’s rising stars, especially as the world transitions to an increasingly electric future.
Reflecting its status today as a strategic partner to the likes of Hyundai-Kia and Porsche, Rimac is now looking to bring together all of its people and functions in one place. The new complex will serve as its international R&D and production base and enable the company to ramp up from prototype and smaller volume projects to high-volume production of its high-performance electric drivetrain and battery systems for many global car companies.
Designed around the idea of providing the best possible working environment for an international workforce, the new facility is located only a couple of km from Rimac’s current home and occupies a site of 200,000m2
while the built area will be 100,000m2
. It is expected to be completed by 2023 and the investment will exceed 200 million euros.
Mr Rimac has personally been keen to ensure that it embodies not just the brand’s character, but also that of its people. As such, the spaces have been refined to be friendly, open and warm, with more than a hint of fun. At the same time, befitting the company’s leading-edge technology status, it will be contemporary, light-filled and take inspiration from its natural surroundings.
He said: “Just 10 years ago this company was only me in a garage, working on electric performance vehicles and components. Since then, it has grown to around 1,000 people, formed strategic partnerships with Porsche, Hyundai Motor Group and others, and are working with the biggest names in the automotive industry. But, one thing that we have always committed to is developing our business within Croatia; we are proud to be here and with this new location, it will be our long-term home.
“Having outgrown our existing facilities, we are now creating a space that best reflects our brand and our ambitions, working with world-leading architects to build a campus that sits comfortably within the natural beauty of Croatia while also bringing every aspect of Rimac into one place.”
In the long term, the new site will house over 2,500 people and substantial production facilities, well over double the current current headcount.