History of Rimac Automobili - UPDATED
The groundwork for the company began in 2007 as a garage-housed hobby of founder, Mate Rimac. He converted his BMW E30 to incorporate an electric powertrain and subsequently gained attention from the press and investors.
CEO Mate Rimac started to convert this car when he was only 19 years old: “I owned an old BMW E30 (MY 1984) which I used for drift and circuit races. At one of these races, the gas engine blew up. Then I decided to try building an EV. After one year or so the car was able to drive but I was not satisfied with the result. It was heavy, not very powerful and the range was very limited. I started to gather a team of experts to develop our own components since I believed that the electric propulsion can give much more compared to what was available on the market. At that time, I already had a very clear vision of my ultimate goal. Today, hard work is making my dream come true."
2009 - Rimac Automobili is founded
The company itself was formed in 2009 and rented facilities in Sveta Nedelja, near Zagreb, Croatia. The e-M3 was Rimac Automobili’s first test mule.
2010 - Green Monster
The Rimac Automobili test mule, the e-M3 is the first electric car to win against gas powered cars on official races within the same category.
The prototype BMW E30 is called the "Green Monster" by the designers.
The “green monster” develops 600 horsepower, 900 Nm of torque, reaches 100 kph (62mph) from standstill in 3.3 sec and a top speed of 280 kph (173mph).
The original BMW has now gone through five stages of reinvention and, says Rimac, "got faster, lighter and more reliable each time". When he realised how little of the original car remained, he decided to build a new car from scratch.
2011 - Concept_One
World premiere of Rimac Concept_One, at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
With a curb weight of 1850 kg, and 1088 hp, the Concept One can reach 100 kph (62mph) from a standstill in 2.8 seconds and continue to accelerate to the limit of 305 kph (190mph).
2012 - world records
the Rimac e-M3 has broken several world acceleration records. The records are broken in Category A, Group VIII (electric vehicle), Class 3 (above 1000 kg) according to FIA categorization.
Records: 1/8 mile: 7,549 1/4 mile: 11,808 1/2 km: 13,714 1 km: 23,260 1 mile: 35,347
Delivery of first prototype car to B2B customer. The details of the project could not be revealed due to confidentiality agreements.
The Rimac Concept_One becomes FIA Formula E's official Race Director Car.
Rimac Automobili closes series A-investment round with three international investors on-board.
Rimac Technology applied in wheelchairs and change fan's life.
Rimac Automobili awarded the best Croatian employer.
Rimac grows to over 100 employees.
2016 - Concept_One production version and concept s
The production Concept_One has a dry weight of 1900kg, produces 1224hp and 1600 Nm of torque. It can reach 100kph (62mph) in 2.5 sec and has a top speed of 355kph (220mph).
Founder and CEO of Rimac, Mate Rimac, said, “We wanted to use the experience and knowledge from the Pikes Peak and offer our customers a unique, racelike experience. The Concept_S pushes the levels of performance to the extremes. Focusing on performance, the set-up of the R-AWTV_S system has been adapted to give the driver the ability to use the maximum out of the tires and aerodynamics. Telemetry data is helping the driver to perform better, just like on GT-racecars.”
0-100kph (62mph) - 2.5 sec
365kph (226mph) top speed
1800 Nm of torque
At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show the company announced the establishment of official dealerships of its brand in Europe, North America and the Middle East, with dealers Manhattan Motorcars, PACE Germany and Al Zarooni Group.
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2018 - C_Two
At the 2018 Geneva motor show Rimac unveiled it's all new hypercar, the C_Two.
Top Speed: 412 km/h / 258 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph: 1.85 seconds
Power: 1,914hp / 1,408 kW
Motor Torque: 2,300 Nm
Range: 650 km / 403 miles