Monday, 20 September 2021

Help Create Affordable Rimac Nevera: Vote for the LEGO Version

September 20, 2021 - Fancy owning a Rimac Nevera, but a few dollars short of the asking price? Help create the budget version, powered by LEGO.

When I was growing up back in the 15th century, LEGO was king. Simple blocks to build, a chance for childish creativity. I would play for hours. 

There were no distractions of gadgets or the Internet back in those days, and the simple LEGO pieces, which all came in standard sizes, were popular with kids everywhere. 

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About 10 years ago, I was looking for gifts for my nephews on a trip back to the UK. I was heartened to hear that they were into LEGO, with a special interest in Star Trek and Star Wars. I was admiring their creativity in my head - just how would you build the Starship Enterprise from those simple blocks - until I went into the story. LEGO had clearly moved on, and I left a few minutes later with some custom-made inter-galactic LEGO sets.  

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And not only is LEGO still thriving, but it is also evolving. One of its coolest features is to encourage innovation in new models. The company encourages its customers to design new products using LEGO pieces, and if there is enough interest (10,000 votes), then the company will consider putting the design into mainstream production.  

This initiative takes some serious planning and dedication for those with a passion, and TCN has featured a couple of designs before. But could this be the ultimate cool LEGO gift for your nephew or niece, a gift to inspire for the future. Meet the proposed LEGO version of the Rimac Nevera!

It is all the brainchild of a fan called platon_dr who tells us a little more about the proposed LEGO version on the official LEGO website

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The model itself consists of 2127 parts, has an opening boot, doors and several compartments in the interior.

There is no frunk, just in like the real car, all the space in the front is used for making the car faster, than any car before had ever been.

The interior is very accurately copied, there are several opening compartments, the butterfly doors open just like the real ones, except they’re a bit smaller. 

 I must confess that my first reaction to seeing the Rimac Nevera was 'wow!' But platon_dr had another reaction:

The second I saw the car, I thought to myself “this would be a pain to build out of LEGO” and then I took it as a challenge. It would make a great set as LEGO also has to move on into the electric car future.

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(The real thing - photo by Rimac Automobili)

Want to help make the budget Rimac Nevera a reality? You can voice your support for the idea here

Alternatively, go for a spin with one of the first buyers of the Rimac Nevera, Formula One legend Nico Rosberg.

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Sunday, 19 September 2021

From Gordon Ramsay to Rimac, National Geographic Croatia Program Airs Tonight!

September 19, 2021 - The National Geographic Croatia program airs tonight from 9 pm, kicking off with Gordon Ramsay's Unchartered! 

Thanks to National Geographic, the whole world will be able to discover the beauties of Croatia on TV tonight, reports 24 Sata.

 

After Gordan Ramsay's Unchartered in Istria at 9 pm, an entire episode of Europe from Above's third season will showcase Croatia through the unique locations chosen by the production team. The episode was filmed throughout last year and covered all seasons, thus fully evoking the beauty of each destination. 

National Geographic was fascinated by the unusual 5.5-kilometer-long zigzag walls, which extend beyond the town of Ston to the nearby hills. The walls are believed to have been built to prevent the theft of salt from the saltworks there, as salt was a precious commodity in the Middle Ages.

But the walls are not only protected by the saltworks. Aerial footage reveals that the wall stretches across the peninsula and has 41 defensive towers and six fortresses. The rulers of Ston did not build a wall to protect the salt pans; they intended to protect the entire peninsula from its disobedient neighbors. The saltworks are still in operation today, after 4,000 years, and the locals harvest hundreds of tons of salt every year. All this makes it the oldest active saltworks in Europe, and after the Great Wall of China, it is the second-largest wall in the world.

The episode about Croatia will introduce viewers worldwide to the Osijek bank of the Drava, Lonjsko polje, the Neretva valley, and footage of the Pelješac bridge, the demolition of the Zagreb Cathedral tower and repairs, to rock climbing at Paklenica National Park.

The National Geographic Croatia program will air three shows in total tonight. The Croatia episode of Gordon Ramsay's "Unchartered" will air at 9 pm, followed by "Europe from Above" about Croatia at 10 pm. At 11 pm, "Dreamcars - Inside the Factory" will feature Rimac Automobili. 

The new season shows some of the best cultural and geographical sights in Europe through ‘hyper-lapse aerial photography. Impressive aerial shots offer a unique insight into how tradition, engineering, and natural landmarks have helped shape the continent. 

This season, six episodes will be broadcast dedicated to Croatia, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, Ireland, and Iceland. This promotion is huge for Croatia as National Geographic reaches about 433 million households in 171 countries through all its platforms.

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Thursday, 2 September 2021

Mate Rimac: Croatia Has Become One Of Focal Points of Hypercar Industry

September the 2nd, 2021 - It's no secret that Croatian entrepreneur Mate Rimac has caused a storm in the demanding automotive world, attracting not only attention but investments from giants such as Porsche. He has now stated that Croatia, the little country without any car production to speak of, is becoming one of the focal points of hypercar production.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Livno-born entrepreneur Mate Rimac, the head of the Bugatti-Rimac company, announced the arrival of many of the most exclusive cars and their owners in Croatia this Friday via a video he released yesterday. This group of individuals and their cars refers to the Supercar Owner’s Circle (SOC), the world’s most exclusive car collector’s club.

The three-day event will begin this Friday at 15:00 at the Croatian National Theatre in the very heart of the City of Zagreb, where the supercars and their owners will gather. After that, the cars will head off to the Aviation Technical Centre in nearby Velika Gorica, where they will compete in acceleration. After that, the procession will head to the coast, more specifically towards Kvarner and Opatija.

''Admission is free for all,'' said Mate, and invited all visitors and interested parties to attend the upcoming event which is sure to shine even more of a light on the Republic of Croatia as a country which creates hypercars.

''Greetings from Sveta Nedelja, the headquarters of Bugatti-Rimac, where we develop and produce some of the fastest cars of today, with Croatia becoming one of the focal points of the hypercar industry. We're proud not only of what we do here, but we also want buyers of such cars to come to our country and combine its beauty with the products we create. We're proud to be partners with the Supercar Owner’s Circle this year, where dozens of the most exclusive cars in the world will come to Croatia,'' Mate said in the video.

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Sunday, 22 August 2021

Rimac Formula Student Alpe Adria 2021 Contest To Take Place in Novi Marof

ZAGREB,  23 Aug, 2021 -  An automotive contest called "Rimac Formula Student Alpe Adria 2021" will take place in the northern Croatian town of Novi Marof on 26-29 August, bringing together  37 teams from 14 European countries.

This will be an opportunity for 850 undergraduates in those 37 teams to promote bolid cars they have made at their universities, the organisers have said at a recent news conference in Varaždin.

"The project intends to showcase the most innovative solutions in the auto industry, prepared by students from all over the world. Rimac Formula Student Alpe Adria is a variant of this project," said Tibor Kezelj, the head of the Varaždin-based FSAA association that organises the Croatian variant of the Formula Student, a student engineering competition held annually

Student teams from around the world design, build, test, and race a small-scale formula style racing car. The cars are judged on a number of criteria.

In Novi Marof, the jury includes judges from Formula 1 and other top-notch judges from the automobile industry.

Kezelj said that the contest also promotes the STEM sector in Croatia.

The sponsors of the event are the Rimac Automobili company and local authorities in the town of Novi Marof and Varaždin County. 

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Thursday, 12 August 2021

National Geographic Promotes Croatia to 170 Countries on September 19!

August 12, 2021 - National Geographic promotes Croatia on September 19 through three television shows broadcast to 170 countries worldwide! 

About 170 countries around the world will have the opportunity to get to know Croatia during a historic day for the county on the National Geographic channel! On September 19, Croatia will present itself to the world for the first time on one of the world's most-watched television channels. Through three different shows, Croatia will be shown as a top destination for all lovers of research, gastronomy, adventure, and science, reports Jutarnji List

The world-famous chef Gordon Ramsay dedicated one of the episodes of the third season of "Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted" to Croatia. Under the expert guidance of the local population and his host, famous Croatian chef David Skoko, with whom he measured his culinary strength, Ramsay dived in Istria, hunted goats and donkeys, searched for truffles, and prepared several recipes using local products such as fresh eggs, goat cheese, and olive oil.

With the episode filmed in Croatia, Gordon takes viewers on a trip to Portugal, Mexico, Texas, Maine, Puerto Rico, Island Smoky Mountains in America during the third season, with which Croatia will be presented this year as one of the world's most interesting destinations!

Apart from "Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted," the world will have the opportunity to see and experience Croatia from a bird's eye view in the show "Europe from Above." Beautiful and relaxing shots of Croatia from the air will travel the world and promote Croatia, especially the lesser-known towns of Ston and Metković, the fairytale Motovun, Pula, and more. 

Finally, in the popular show "Inside the Factory," viewers will have a unique opportunity to peek into the fascinating Rimac Automobili factory, during which the world will get to know Croatia as a country of knowledge and innovation. 

Episodes about Croatia will be broadcast on September 19, 2021:

21:00: Gordon Ramsay: Unchartered
22:00: Europe from Above
23:00: Rimac Automobili

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated travel section.

Monday, 12 July 2021

Former Rimac Engineer Tino Sturlic Builds Electric Solar Boat

July the 12th, 2021 - Former Mate Rimac engineer Tino Sturlic has mixed his obvious innovative nature with the desire to protect the environment, creating no less than a solar electric boat.

As Morski writes, Tino Sturlic from Zagreb is a former employee of Rimac Automobili and recently finished work on his boat, and the key modifications were the installation of solar panels and electric motors, writes rep.hr.

He bought the boat as a joint venture with his brother and sister two years ago, but he wasn't satisfied with the ''vibrations'' of the old Tomos 4 pente, so he immediately sent the boat to Zapresic, where he has a workshop. A lengthy restoration followed, followed by the design of the battery. The owner of Torp, who is also a former employee of Rimac Automobili, helped him out in his task.

He also installed a Battery Management System originally developed for an electric scooter that allows for the monitoring of battery status via mobile phone apps, as well as other data such as consumption and charging via solar panels.

The battery with a capacity of 110 Ah and a voltage of 48V can also be charged via a socket, but for shorter and occasional use of the boat it is enough to use tilting solar panels, which can be rotated laterally to make better use of solar energy depending on the sun's strength and position. In the strongest sunny conditions, they produce 500W of electricity per hour, while the boat at a speed of 3.2 knots per hour (5.9 km/h) consumes about 1kW. The range of the boat with a full battery at that speed is almost 16 nautical miles, and charging while driving increases this by up to 30 percent.

A necessary part of Tino Sturlic's system is the charging controller, which can be removed from the front of the ship together with the battery. It was developed by the Croatian company Infoton and then fully adapted to the aforementioned battery. In rare situations when the battery needs to be carried on the mains, it can be pulled out and taken away so that it doesn't have to bring electricity into the boat.

Unfortunately, the weakest link in the system was the old electric motor that was once used in Koncar's forklift and which still needs to be fitted with cooling to prevent overheating that occurs after an hour of sailing.

Tino Sturlic's unusual and impressive project worked for itself, but the interest and reactions of the public were positive, so it is possible that one day everything will result in a business project. The above example shows that the added value brought by innovative companies such as Rimac Automobili and the knowledge and experience gained by employees can one day see them start up their own new innovative companies. It's worth mentioning that Tino Sturlic was praised by his former employer, Mate Rimac, and he proudly pointed out that Tino, as well as some other former employees, had all started their own businesses, but not all of them have gone public yet.

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Saturday, 10 July 2021

EC President Ursula von der Leyen Visits Rimac Automobili Headquarters

July the 10th, 2021 - The European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has paid a visit, accompanied by Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, to the Rimac Automobili headquarters in Sveta Nedelja near Zagreb.

Mate Rimac's truly astonishing acheivement, one of many in reality but by far the most recent and most global, has attracted praise from across the world. Von der Leyen was eager to see what the fuss was all about at the Rimac Automobili headquarters, and it's safe to say she left the facility impressed.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Mate Rimac and his associates welcomed the EC President in front of the Rimac Automobili headquarters, and besides the Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gordan Grlic Radman, Minister of Finance Zdravko Maric, Minister of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure, Oleg Butkovic, Minister of Science and Education Radovan Fuchs and MEP Dubravka Suica, were all also present.

For anyone who has been living under a rock, Croatian entrepreneur Mate Rimac has taken over no less than Bugatti, and you can read more about that remarkable business move here.

The historical success of Rimac's innovative company, which operated out of a mere garage when it was first created back in 2009, has been no less than miraculous. It would be had it occurred almost anywhere in the world, but the fact that this happened on the back of a combination of grit and dreams and out of a Croatian garage is truly exceptional.

The merger of Rimac Automobil and Bugatti Automobiles has resulted in a joint venture of sorts, called Bugatti Rimac (in which the newly formed Rimac Group will have a majority stake), which will be directly controlled by the German Porsche with 58.2 percent ownership, while Mate Rimac will remain at the forefront, but with a minority stake of 20.4 percent.

Ursula von der Leyen will hopefully have gained another perspective of just what Croatia can produce when it puts its mind to it after visiting the Rimac Automobili headquarters.

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Friday, 9 July 2021

Porsche Controls 58.2% of Rimac Company Following Spectacular Bugatti Deal

July the 9th, 2021 - The incredible Mate Rimac Bugatti deal has blown the myths about not being able to succeed in Croatia straight out of the water. If he hadn't managed to convince you of that before, which is difficult to believe, he certainly has now. This remarkable Croatian entrepreneur's dogged determination is tireless, and Porsche has become even more deeply involved in the Rimac company.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Ana Blaskovic writes, drowning in the proverbial Croatian sea of ​​gloomy news about the failure of the vaccination rollout amid the pandemic and a new wave of mutated coronavirus posing a potential threat, the news that young entrepreneur Mate Rimac has taken over the cult figure of the automotive world, Bugatti, resounded like a nuclear bomb.

The historical success of the Rimac company, which operated out of a mere garage back in 2009, is astonishing. Very few people believed in the company's plans to create hypercars right here in Croatia, where cars are imported but not produced, but it turned out to be an astronomical success. The business side of the story, however, went under the radar.

The merger of Rimac Automobili and Bugatti Automobiles created a joint venture, known as Bugatti Rimac (in which the newly formed Rimac Group will hold a majority stake), which will be (in)directly controlled by Porsche with 58.2 percent ownership, while Mate Rimac will remain at the forefront, but with a minority stake of 20.4 percent.

The transaction isn't accompanied by cash flow as such but is a matter of exchanging shares, which reflects the consequent rearrangement of the structure of the Rimac company. With this move, Rimac's startup actually ceases to be a startup and is being additionally integrated within the umbrella of the VW Group, of which Porsche is of course a part. Rimac Automobili is becoming the Rimac Group (divided into Bugatti Rimac and Rimac Technology) in which Mate Rimac formally holds the largest single stake of 37 percent, Porsche 24 percent, Hyundai 12 percent and other shareholders 27 percent.

The Rimac Group will have a 55 percent stake in the Bugatti Rimac package, which includes the separate brands Bugatti Automobiles and Rimac Automobili. The remaining 45 percent of the shares of the joint venture are held by the German manufacturer, which has been following the Rimac company financially for the last three years.

Despite these figures, which lean significantly in the favour of the German investor, it has been agreed that Mate Rimac will remain at the helm, as the CEO of the Rimac Group he will lead the business of Bugatti Rimac and the new company Rimac Technology. It's here that the core business that broke through in the automotive industry remains - the development, production and delivery of battery systems, powertrains and other EV components. All of the above will be 100 percent owned by the Rimac company.

“What's important to note is that the Rimac Group is managed by director Mate Rimac. The owners participate in the management of the company through the Supervisory Board,'' stated an explanation regarding German shares. They added that “Rimac Group is the largest shareholder of Bugatti Rimac d.o.o. where Mate Rimac is also the director. Mate is also the director of Rimac Technology, which is 100 percent owned by the Rimac Group.''

Car buffs who follow such news aren't too surprised by this outcome, although it is almost certain that there was resistance to such a solution. The new Rimac company remains under the control of a young businessman who, despite all the objective obstacles to doing business in Croatia, raised the company from scratch in an industry that is markedly capital intensive. Only twelve years has passed from the aforementioned garage adventures to the presentation of the stunning Nevera, the fastest electric hypercar in the entire world. 

The fact that all of the above was done at all is exceptional, but knowing it has been done by a Croat, in Croatia, is bordering on miraculous.

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Thursday, 8 July 2021

Rimac: Robotaxis Will Be Driving in Zagreb in 2024

ZAGREB, 8 July 2021 - The owner of Rimac Automobili, Mate Rimac, said on Thursday that his company is developing a project for autonomous vehicles, robotaxis, and that the first ones if the project is a success, could be tested in Zagreb streets in 2024 already.

He underscored that at the start of next year he would present the robotaxi, a driverless vehicle, to the public. He added that the Nevera model is now completing homologizing and testing and that soon it will be put into serial production. The robotaxi project should be much larger than Rimac Automobili.

"This is something with big potential. A robotaxi prototype has been made, our guests saw it today, however, we have to bring it to a higher level and present it as it should be, probably at the start of next year. The idea is that in 2024 we launch that autonomous vehicle on Zagreb's streets. If we don't succeed with that project, all the money that we invested and will invest will fall through, and that's hundreds of millions. Our objective is to do that by 2024, together with all the necessary infrastructure," said Rimac.

Rimac reiterated that his company has still not succeeded, that success is yet to come, but said that it is going towards that with 1,000 employees and more than €200 million in investment attracted and many more investment to come.

"And that is an investment in development, employment, and production in Croatia that is exported to the entire world. It was a big thing for us to take over Bugatti, a company that has been in business for more than 110 years. That is a big responsibility. For the first time in history, VW has divested a brand from its portfolio," underscored Rimac, adding that VW is the biggest company in Europe with annual revenue of €250 billion.

Bugatti is a successful company but Rimac Automobili wants to make it even more successful, he said.

"It's not true that Bugatti is a hot potato. They are successful. In the past three years, they have been profitable. They sell 90 vehicles a year and have a revenue of about €300 million," he underscored and added that the VW Group agreed to the transaction because it believes that Rimac Automobili has the technology and right approach for something like that.

In that regard, he explained how Porsche had brought its Panamera prototype to Rimac Automobili and said that it had three months to show how the vehicle can be improved. "Within the same battery dimensions and same mass, we created a vehicle that has twice the range and twice the battery capacity," said Rimac.

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Thursday, 8 July 2021

International Media Praise Historic Mate Rimac Bugatti Deal

July the 8th, 2021 - The amazing Mate Rimac Bugatti deal which has dominated the Croatian media space since its announcement has earned showers of praise from across the world as this remarkable Croatian entrepreneur continues to make automotive history.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the incredible news of the Mate Rimac Bugatti deal has reached the eyes and eyes of the world's media and attracted even more recognition for this Livno-born entrepreneur who is schooling the government in how investments are attracted, following a huge cash injection from no less than Porsche.

CNN states that the Volkswagen Group and Porsche have agreed to create a new company that merges Rimac Automobili, a Croatian company based in Sveta Nedelja near Zagreb that produces electric supercars, with the famous Bugatti.

The CNN article states that Rimac has so far specialised in developing technology for electric cars, including batteries. According to CNN, companies such as Jaguar, Aston Martin and the Swedish supercar manufacturer Koenigsegg are among Rimac's well known clients. The publication also cites Rimc's collaboration with the Italian Pininfarina, a company that was once known for designing for Ferrari.

The Financial Times describes the Mate Rimac Bugatti deal as "a deal that cements Rimac's position as an established force in the automotive industry," Index reports.

The fact that Bugatti will be controlled by an electric car specialist is a big step forward for Bugatti, a company known for its loud hypercars and 16-cylinder engines. The fact that the takeover is by someone from Croatia is astonishing to most, as the country is far from known for even dipping its feet into the car world, at least until Mate Rimac put it on the map.

Advances in battery technology have led to speeds beyond the reach of even the most advanced vehicles powered by internal combustion engines, according to the Financial Times, following the example of Rimac's amazing Nevera, which should be the fastest production car ever produced.

According to the Financial Times, Rimac said that by the end of the decade, Bugatti will produce a fully electric car, but until then it will focus on hybrid models.

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