Thursday, 18 June 2020

VIDEO: Mate Rimac Presents New Production Line for C_Two Prototype Production

As Novac writes on the 17th of June, 2020, Mate Rimac and his company Rimac Automobili have unveiled the next stage in the development of the amazing C_Two car - a brand new production line.

At the recently opened Rimac production plant in Veliko Trgovišće, the line will accelerate the production of C_Two prototypes required for final validation and the testing necessary for homologation worldwide. Assembling each C_Two car will take approximately five weeks, halving the production time when compared to the principle of static production, which is a method used by some other supersport car manufacturers.

When operating at full capacity, the new process will enable the construction of four final production vehicles per month. However, at Mate Rimac's company, the production process starts much earlier, before the assembly of finished components on the line. This is because a large number of components and systems are produced at the factory in Sveta Nedelja and in Veliko Trgovišće, after which it is delivered to the vehicle assembly line.

The new production line is divided into five main zones, and it begins with the attachment of all of the brackets and attachment points to the carbon construction of the vehicle. The two technicians at each subsequent station then proceed to assemble the car piece by piece. Subassemblies such as the dashboard, front radiator and other parts are manufactured and prepared off-line and are delivered completed and ready for installation on the vehicle assembly line.

So far, Mate Rimac and his company have produced four C_Two prototypes, and thirteen more are needed before the testing and homologation process is completed, followed by ten more pre-series cars, most of which will be produced this year. The complete homologation process (without any shortcuts) from the first concepts, through to complete prototypes to cars on the road is a three-year process. With the introduction of the new production line, Rimac Automobili will deliver the first cars to customers in 2021, unlike the original plan before the COVID-19 crisis which foresaw deliveries taking place this year. The final design and name of the car will be revealed this year.

"We've worked hard to bring the C_Two to the stage it's at now and we want to enable our customers around the world to experience the performance of a fully electric 1914 horsepower car as soon as possible. We have chosen the path of ''full global homologation'' without shortcuts, for which we have to perform a rigorous development and testing process, including many crash tests that require many different prototypes, each with its own purpose. While some of the cars will go straight from the production line to the crash testing plant, others will be used for different validation tests. Only a few prototypes, which aren't going to be used for crash testing, will survive the testing cycle. Given that we're now in the phase of raising the pace of production, this new line is absolutely necessary to speed up the process, which will allow us to start delivering the cars next year,'' said Mate Rimac, the founder and CEO of Rimac Automobili.

The Rimac C_Two promises a top speed of 412 km/h, an acceleration time of 0-62mph (100km/h) in 1.9 seconds and an acceleration time of 0 - 161 km/h (100 mph) of 4.3 seconds. These outstanding performances have been set as the ambitious goals of Mate Rimac and his dedicated team with the first announcement of the C_Two car back in 2018, and thanks to the extensive development and testing of the car, the engineers are confident that those challenging goals will be met.

In parallel with the development of C_Two, Rimac is continuing to grow as a company, and Porsche has as such increased its ownership stake in the company to 15.5 percent, while the Hyundai Motor Group invested EUR 80 million, joining such a long list of already established customers and partners of Rimac such as Koenigsegg and Aston Martin.

Watch the video below:

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Thursday, 16 April 2020

Rimac Automobili Launches the Rimac 2080 Design Challenge

April 16, 2020 - Those incredible Rimac Automobili electric supercars may be in the car park, but there is plenty happening intellectually at the innovate Croatian company HQ. Meet the Rimac 2080 Design Challenge.

One of the things I am finding fascinating in this insane corona era is how Croatia's top entrepreneurs are coping with the crisis, and what strategies they are employing to adjust to the new reality. 

There are fewer high profile companies than Rimac Automobili, of course, arguably Croatia's number one symbol of cutting edge technology on the global stage. 

Like many here in Croatia and around the world, we are cheering Mate and his band of innovative warriors on at every turn, as they conquer the automotive world, starting from a country which does not even have a car industry. 

One of the biggest high-profile events to be cancelled in Europe was the Geneva Auto Show at the end of February. So late was the decision that part of the Rimac team was already on the road to Switzerland for the event, and several hundred thousand euros of investment in stands, as well as months of planning, was lost. 

The next thing I noticed was a marathon trip around the Middle East came to a grinding halt as the world went into lockdown. And so it continued, as the Rimac team then started to work from home. Earlier this month, Rimac vowed not to lay off any staff during the crisis, as reported on TCN

One thing the coronavirus cannot stop is creative thinking, and with so many people having time at the moment, Rimac Automobili has today launched the Rimac 2080 Design Challenge, as explained on the company Facebook page:

After a positive response to our first #RimacDesignChallenge we have the next one ready for you! It's time to jump to the 80s, imagine a Rimac of the year 2080 and share it with the world. The best design wins a trip to Rimac and a hangout with our design team. Submit your creation on Instagram with @rimac_automobili and #RimacDesignChallenge before the 17th of May.

What a brilliant way to attract the brightest new talent. A progressive company leading the world in what it does, with an ethos of talent of creativity ahead of university diplomas. 

I am sure that there will be some rather interesting submissions, and some talented new hires at Rimac as a result. Impressive stuff.


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Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Rimac Automobili Founder Mate Rimac Vows Not to Lay Staff Off

Mate Rimac is the protagonist of one of Croatia's most inspiring entrepreneurial stories. In a country where it seems that doing business and attracting investment is almost impossible due to draconian laws and ridiculous processes all wrapped up in a tangled mess of red tape, the Rimac Automobili owner has shown it is, still, more than possible to succeed.

Rimac Automobili is not only an example to other Croatian companies when it comes to how things should be done, but its management is a reflection of the views and opinions of its founder - Mate Rimac, born in Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and certainly with no silver spoon in his mouth.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 30th of March, 2020, respected businessman Mate Rimac posted a video on his YouTube channel explaining how his company Rimac Automobili is coping with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in which he stated that while the wellbeing and health of his employees is paramount, there won't be any layoffs for his staff to worry about.

“A lot of people (journalists, entrepreneurs…) have been asking me me how we're handling the crisis, they've been asking for interviews, etc. I decided in this way to share that information so that half of it doesn't end up getting lost along the way. I know a lot of things will be misunderstood even in this way, but it's still better to do it this way... I hope that it will be useful and that we can share more concrete and useful information in the coming weeks/months,'' the Rimac Automobili founder posted on his Facebook profile.

According to him, the health of his employees and their families comes before anything else, which is why everyone has been working from home since March the 16th, and everyone's salaries have been and are being paid properly and on time.

He says there are no cases of contagion among Rimac Automobili employees and that all jobs are being kept, that is, there will be no layoffs for his staff to be concerned with during this tumultuous economic period.

If you understand Croatian, watch the video below:

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Sunday, 15 March 2020

Mate Rimac Closing Company on Monday, Employee Health Top Priority

The current coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic has well and truly dragged the world into a state of total disarray and with the health systems of many countries struggling, and the economy taking a proverbial nose dive, Croatian entrepreneur Mate Rimac has decided to close his company as of Monday.

As Novac writes on the 15th of March, 2020 apart from those who are able to do their jobs from the comfort and safety of their own homes, no Rimac Automobili employee will come to work.

Mate Rimac is one of Croatia's most incredible entrepreneurial stories and is an idol for many in a country which still doesn't take that kindly to startups, would-be entrepreneurs and investors, both foreign and domestic. This innovative entrepreneur from Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina, is very well known for his humanitarian approach to very many things, and his latest Facebook status just goes to show that he is constantly thinking of others.

''Based on the available data, we believe that the most responsible decision for the health of our employees and their families was to close the company from Monday. Those that can work from home will do so but of course things will slow down. The health of our employees is the first priority. So all 700+ Greyp and Rimac employees in all our locations will not come to our facilities next week.

We are monitoring the situation closely and will make further decisions based on the situation next week.

Btw. We don’t have any case yet so this is a pure precaution.''

In response, commenters praised Rimac, stating that this was the ''only proper solution'' and that the beloved Rimac Automobili founder is ''always a step ahead''.

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Sunday, 1 March 2020

"F*ck This Hysteria!" Rimac Loses Money as Geneva Motor Show Cancelled

"F*ck this hysteria!" wrote a frustrated Mate Rimac after the news broke that the Geneva Motor Show has been cancelled three days before it was due to open owing to the increasing fear of the spread of the coronavirus, which has already seen other huge events cancelled.

As Novac/Filip Pavic writes on the 29th of February, 2020, Croatian entrepreneur Rimac was supposed to be one of 180 exhibitors at the Geneva Motor Show, otherwise one of the most important international motoring events, which was supposed to hold its 90th edition this year.

The autoshow was cancelled after the official confirmation of coronavirus now being in Switzerland came to light and the decision by the Swiss Government was to ban all gatherings of more than 1000 people. 

Mate Rimac said in a statement that the news had only reached them when they were halfway from Sveta Nedelja near Zagreb to Geneva, and that they had been driving three cars there, and that all the costs of the organisation of that would cost them several hundred thousand euros, which has now gone down the drain.

''The Geneva Motor Show is one of dozens of events on our 2020 calendar, but it's one of the largest. It requires a lot of production and a lot of things need to be put together for a successful event the size of the one in Geneva: A complete booth/stand, cars, logistics, communication, materials, our team. The organisation has been intensive for the last five months. We're disappointed with the cancellation because we've put a lot of effort, time and money into organising the fair where we needed to present the news and the name for the C_Two. However, in the last few days, everything has indicated that the show will be cancelled. A lot of our industry partners and associates are in the same situation,'' Marta Longin, head of public relations at Rimac Automobili, told Jutarnji list.

The Geneva Motor Show director, Oliver Rihs, added that exhibitors would not be able to get their money back. The Rimac Automobili team also travelled with employees of its sister company Greyp Bikes, who were also going there to display their innovative electric bicycles.

According to the fair's director, cancelling the Geneva Motor Show that draws more than half a million visitors each year will cost the Geneva economy at least 250 million euros.

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Wednesday, 26 February 2020

VIDEOS: Mondays with Mate - Rimac Talks Rimac C_Two Before Geneva

As Goran Jungvirth/Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 25th of February, 2020, in the latest edition to ''Mondays with Mate'' on YouTube, Rimac Automobili's director has revealed the refinements on the ''Rimac C_Two'' electric hyper car which he will present at the upcoming international fair in Geneva.

''Next week, we'll present the final Rimac C_Two design at the Geneva International Motor Show. It isn't just a new shape, but a new name. In today's episode of Mondays with Mate, our founder and CEO Mate Rimac will give you an exclusive overview and explanation of the changes you can expect. The unveiling will take place on March the 3rd at 12:00 pm CET,'' the company said, announcing an exclusive look at their international attention-grabbing product.

''Today we will talk about what will change from this car to the one we will present in Geneva. It will be very different from the one you see here,'' Mate announced on Mondays with Mate, describing the changes to one of the newer models.

Symbols of Croatia have also been incorporated into the design. The new model will have different aerodynamics, Rimac stated while explaining the creation and design of new lights on the car, also mentioning a great deal of modifications to the interior of the car as well as the camera system and the security system.

Check out how he incorporated Croatian symbols into the car's design in a video that was viewed by 10,000 people from around the world in just 24 hours below:

A few days ago Rimac Automobili also released a short video on testing the Rimac C_Two, in which the test driver and engineer describe the ''benefits of an upgraded system'' and some of its main features.

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Sunday, 9 February 2020

VIDEO: Fourth Episode of "Mondays with Mate" YouTube Show

The fourth episode of the already popular ''Mondays with Mate'' is now on YouTube.

Rimac Automobili, owned by beloved Croatian entrepreneur Mate Rimac from Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina, is one of the country's most incredible business stories and Rimac himself has had to be the one to school the country's politicians on how to attact investment from the automotive industry.

He's no stranger to YouTube, and even recently hired popular Russian YouTuber and car enthusiast Misha Charoudin, who is sure to be providing the talented Mate with video techniques and ideas.

As Goran Jungvirth/Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 9th of February, 2020, in the latest episode of ''Mondays with Mate'' YouTube show, Rimac Automobili's founder described the issues of making and operating batteries for the electric hyper cars his company produces.

''What makes Rimac's high-performance EV technology so unique that the other car manufacturers reach out to us for collaboration? In today's episode, Mate will elaborate on Rimac battery technology and answer your questions about future battery technologies,'' states the video's description.

"My parents told me that I was crazy about cars when I was a kid," he said of his obsession, which led him to the position of one of the most famous Croatian businessmen in the world, who managed to attract foreign investors to his company without any problems, with some massive names from the world of cars being linked closely with his company, Rimac Automobili.

In the video, he also explained why his company is just interesting to them, that is, their concept of development that is unique in approach.

Rimac also made his predictions about the development of batteries for electric vehicles in the future.

Watch Mondays with Mate below:

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Friday, 7 February 2020

The Rimac Automobili Effect: Porsche Discovers Zagreb

February 6, 2020 - The Croatian car industry may be minuscule, but it is top quality. Rimac Automobili investors Porsche discover the capital city of Zagreb. 

Can a few good men and women transform a country?

Possibly not, but imagine if each of Croatia's sectors had a Rimac equivalent. 

Croatia didn't have a car industry at all until a young Mate Rimac started playing around with a car in his garage. Ten years later, Rimac Automobili has been hailed as one of the most exciting companies in the global automotive industry, its electric hypercars the fastest in the world. 

A rapidly expanding company in an industry which simply did not exist now has 600 permanent employees at the last count, as well as an A-list of corporate investors. Among them, some of the biggest names in the industry, Porsche and Hyundai. 

And whatever Porsche is doing with Rimac in the labs and factories, there are plenty of other spin-offs for Croatia with the association of the Porsche brand. 

Such as gorgeous videos of Zagreb and Croatia, like this one which was posted on the official Porsche Facebook page yesterday and has already been viewed more than 50,000 times. 

The capital of Croatia, Zagreb, represents the ideal bridge between past and future, between tradition and innovation. The Porsche Travel Experience Croatia talked with Mate Rimac, founder of Rimac Automobil about the vibrating town. 

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Thursday, 30 January 2020

VIDEOS: Mondays With Mate: Rimac Automobili Begins New YouTube Show

"We're doing our best to share our journey with you as transparently as possible,'' Mate Rimac states when explaining his new YouTube show - Mondays with Mate, which is sure to quickly gain popularity among car lovers from around the world.

As Goran Jungvirth/Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 29th of January, 2020, beloved Croatian entreprneur Mate Rimac, as well as the social networking administrator of the wildly successful Croatian company Rimac Automobili are active on the internet and often publish news about the development of their electric vehicles, with which the world has fallen in love.

In addition, they've been known to make jokes about trends and challenges that ''haunt'' various social networks from time to time, which speaks of a well oiled (no pun intended) international communication strategy.

Recently, the company headquartered in Sveta Nedelja near Zagreb hired well-known Russian YouTuber and test driver Misha Charoudin, who will surely have some lessons to teach and tricks up his sleeve for Mate when ir comes to communicating with his followers and fans on a modern multimedia basis.

''Welcome to our new show 'Mondays with Mate', where our CEO and Founder Mate Rimac updates you on the latest developments within Rimac Automobili and our industry, but also shares his take on topics chosen by you.'' the video's description states.

"A little bit about 2019, some plans for 2020 and an opportunity to engage with our fans even more - where you can ask us anything, and we will answer the best questions every Monday," Mate wrote about the reasons and topics covered by the first three shows of Mondays with Mate which were posted on YouTube in January.

In addition to the ''challenges of building a hypercar,'' Mate talks about campus building plans, global company expansion, financial plans, and collaboration with big players in today's auto industry.

As an award, those who post some of the best comments on YouTube will also receive a company T-shirt featuring the extremely powerful electric car - the new ''Concept 2'' - with 1,914 horsepower and the most impressive acceleration in the world - up to 100 km/h in 1.97 seconds.

Follow our dedicated Made in Croatia and lifestyle pages for more.

Sunday, 26 January 2020

C_Two with a View: Croatian Excellence Reaches New Heights in Singapore

January 26, 2020 - The Rimac Automobili roadshow continues, with a room with a view for the new C_Two in Singapore. 

If there is one man who seems to be having a lot of fun these days, it is Mate Rimac, the charismatic man behind the Rimac Automobili phenomenon, which has grown from playing around with a car in a garage to one of the most exciting automotive and technology companies in the world in less than a decade. A company which now has A-lister industry investors such as Porsche and Hyundai and - last time I checked - employed 600 people. Not bad in a country which had no car industry whatsoever when he started. 

I have met Rimac a few times, and the overwhelming impression he leaves is one of positivity, as well an almost chilldlike passion for what he does - impatient to get onto the latest innovation to break new barriers. 

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And it is clear that he is not the only one having fun in the company, whose Facebook page yesterday featured a new frontier for the iconic new C_Two from Rimac - a showroom with a view in Singapore. 

A room with a view! The C_Two at the top balcony of our South East Asia Partner Wearnes' Singapore showroom.

Mere mortals like most of us will of course never be able to afford a C_Two of our own in ten lifetimes, but for those of you who like to celebrate the success of others, especially Croatian success, I heartily recommend you follow the official Rimac Automobili Facebook page

I am not sure how you take the C_Two for a test drive from such an elevated showroom, but it would not surprise me if Rimac had a solution. 

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And for those of you taking part in the current social media fad presenting your profile on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Tinder, RImac Automobili is pretty hard to beat. 

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