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.

Make sure to follow Made in Croatia for more information on Mondays with Mate, Rimac Automobili and on Croatian products and innovation.

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:

Make sure to follow our dedicated Made in Croatia page for more information on Mate Rimac, Rimac Automobili and other Croatian companies and entrepreneurs.

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. 

To follow the latest in the Rimac story, follow the dedicated TCN section

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. 

To follow the latest Rimac news from Croatia and elevated showrooms around the world, follow the dedicated TCN section

Sunday, 12 January 2020

VIDEO: Mate Rimac Employs YouTuber and Car Enthusiast Misha Charoudin

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Goran Jungvirth writes on the 12th of January, 2020, the innovative and talented Croatian entrepreneur Mate Rimac shared a new YouTube video on his Facebook page of a well-known YouTuber and speed expert who he brought to Croatia and provided with a job - Misha Charoudin.

Misha Charoudin, a Russian who adores cars and speaks several languages, is a motoring enthusiast who lived and worked at Germany's famous Nürburgring.

He is a well known Youtuber and has been for years, with several successful channels behind him, focusing on fast cars and everything about speed. While testing some of the fastest cars of today, he also knew how to break down what he recorded in his videos, making them not only entertaining but educational and drawing in subscribers and fans from across the world.

Mate Rimac, who is no stranger to being able to sniff out potential wherever he goes, has provided Misha with a job at Rimac Automobili in Sveta Nedelja, and the YouTuber has as such made the move to Zagreb.

''Hello Carmrades! This is the day I have moved to Zagreb, Croatia to start my new job at Rimac Automobili. I was very positively surprised to have made friends on my first day there. I hope you've enjoyed the new type of content, so I can keep on making more!'' wrote Misha on Saturday, who recorded an intro video of him landing in Zagreb to begin working for Croatia's beloved Mate Rimac.

Almost 13,000 people viewed the video in just one day, and his video of how he started racing at the Nürburgring and how much it cost him in had over 108,000 views in just four days.

Watch the video from Misha on his arrival in Croatia and the beginning of his new life with Mate Rimac at Rimac Automobili below:

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Sunday, 22 December 2019

Rimac C_Two Prototypes Initiated: Hello World - Croatian Hypercar Excellence (VIDEO)

December 22, 2019 - Another day, another piece of Rimac magic. Check out the latest from the RImac C_Two prototype in this stunning video. 

Last week I wrote an article listing my top 30 discoveries and best experiences of 2019 in Croatia. It was quite a list and it has been quite a year. The article was popular and widely shared, and I have had several requests to make it an annual list, a nice way to finish the year with a wave of positivity. A nice idea, and I will. 

But having lived here for 17 years and travelled to almost every corner of this wonderful country, just how many incredible places are there still left to discover?

LOTS! Including this little factory in Sveta Nedelja. With so much happening at Rimac Automobili, a visit is not long overdue, and I look forward to learning much more of the story. 

For the story is magnificent. I will leave you with the latest, in the words of the Rimac Automobili YouTube channel:

Following years of development and detailed computer simulations by the engineering team at Rimac, the Rimac C_Two prototypes are now being tested on tracks and in testing facilities around the world. The first batch of prototypes is undergoing vehicle dynamics, powertrain, passive safety and crash tests since spring 2019, pushing components such as tires and suspension to the limit. Following years of development and detailed computer simulations by the engineering team at Rimac, the Rimac C_Two prototypes are now being tested on tracks and in testing facilities around the world. The first batch of prototypes is undergoing vehicle dynamics, powertrain, passive safety and crash tests since spring 2019, pushing components such as tires and suspension to the limit. 

The Rimac C_Two is one of the world's most powerful and fastest all-electric hypercars. Designed, developed and manufactured at Rimac’s Zagreb HQ in Croatia, the C_Two bends the rules of driving and motion. Performance is on tap from zero, with 2300 Nm of torque instantly available. With its immense power density and lightweight construction, the C_Two is capable of 0-60 in 1.85 seconds and can hit a top speed of 258mph.  We are currently finalizing the development of the C_Two ahead of its production start at the end of 2020.

To follow the latest in the Rimac story, check out the dedicated TCN section

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Mate Rimac Opening Centre in Slovenia - 3.4 Million Euros in Support?

Beloved Croatian entrepreneur Mate Rimac is expanding Rimac Automobili's business to neighbouring Slovenia, where he will open a test centre code-named Hyper E-Car Lab in Novo Mesto.

As Bernard Ivezic/Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 11th of December, 2019, Mate Rimac entered into this business in cooperation with the Slovenian company Lastinski Inzenjering from the former Slovenian Minister of Infrastructure, Energy, Transport and Spatial Planning Samo Omerzel.

"Lastinski engineering has offered for us to expand our testing capacities with a facility in Slovenia, which, given the cooperation we have, makes sense not only for us, but also allows many other manufacturers to test their drive systems in the laboratory in Slovenia," says Mate Rimac.

The Hyper E-Car Lab in Slovenia will serve Rimac to test battery and propulsion systems for its own cars, but will also offer such services to other automakers.

"The testing of electric powertrains and battery systems is a relatively new area and all manufacturers are struggling for testing capacities, and although we have certain capacities for that in the company in Croatia, which we're also upgrading, we still need more capacity," Mate Rimac says.

He added that as the industry moves more and more towards electric cars, he believes this is a great opportunity to build such highly sought after competencies and capacities in Slovenia.

The Slovenian media have stated that former Minister Samo Omerzel and Croatian entrepreneur Mate Rimac received 3.4 million euros in support from the Ministry of the Economy for the test centre project in Novo Mesto.

They state that they have explained to them that the project will be "a high-tech laboratory, which will allow for the testing of batteries, propulsion motors and electronics for the batteries of high-capacity electric vehicles."

Make sure to follow our dedicated business page for much more on Mate Rimac and other Croatian entrepreneurs.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Hyundai Reaffirms Support for Rimac Automobili: We Believe in Mate

The past few weeks have showcased just how important Hyundai's investment in Rimac Automobili actually is, and not just in an economic sense. Can the Croatian Government manage to match his advanced level of thinking?

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Vecernji list writes on the 12th of November, 2019, Germany's Angela Merkel has set out to set up a million electric car refuelling stations across Germany by 2030, by 2022 there should be 50,000 of them, which will cost three and a half billion euros in total. This is already a serious increase given that there are now 21,000 such locations across Germany.

In addition, new subsidies from the German Government for electric cars were introduced, all after the German chancellor attended the presentation of Volkswagen's ID.3, a fully electric car with aspirations to replace even the likes of the Golf one day. The idea clearly left an impression on the most powerful woman in Europe, and she made sure the measures to get things moving were in place.

Mate Rimac, known for being far more forward thinking than the Croatian Government, was absolutely right in investing heavily in electric vehicles, and especially on a regular basis, pointing out that his company was primarily concerned with technology, and only then does concern for cars follow.

''The car industry is changing like never before. Now it has much more potential and it's a great opportunity for Croatia. We don't exist today because we know how to make lights or doors well, that's been being done for a hundred years now, but because we started something that was new even to them at the time,'' Rimac told Prime Minister Andrej Plenković during his visit to his company in Sveta Nedelja this summer. The visit was, quite shockingly, the very first Plenković had ever made to the factory.

"I remember very well the enthusiasm in Croatia last year caused by the success at the World Cup. The automotive industry needs to get just that kind of attention. We firmly believe in Mate Rimac, his ideas and his technology. We can provide our knowledge and experience in this regard, but it just isn't going to be enough without the Croatian Government's support. Much more is needed, especially when it comes to education, such as forming projects that will allow the educated to stay here,'' said Lutz Meschke, Porsche's high-ranking manager.

The meeting with Plenković came after big news which regarded the investment of an enormous 80 million euros, or 600 million kuna, from Hyundai into Rimac Automobili.

"Rimac Automobili is an innovative company with outstanding performance in high-performance electric vehicles," said Euisun Chung, executive vice president of the Hyundai Motor Group.

''Their startup roots and extensive experience in working with car makers combined with technological strength make Rimac Automobili an ideal partner for us. We're looking forward to working with Rimac on our path to clean mobility,'' Chung said.

The information provided alongside the investment stated that Hyundai Motors wants to accelerate its transition to clean mobility and position itself as a global leader in driving this change in the industry. One of the key measures to achieve this is electrification, and precisely along those lines - they plan to market 44 electrified car models by 2025.

Having partnered with a number of major global car companies, this was the final confirmation of the good direction Rimac Automobili is heading in. This process involves not only a Croatian company, however, but Croatia as a country, and many steps need to be taken.

''At the June meeting, we presented very specific measures that Croatia needs to take to make it attractive for such investments. The meeting was attended by the leading people of Porsche (a member of the VW Group) and Hyundai. I'm pleased that how much such an investment would mean for Croatia has been recognised, and I hope that the government will use the analyis and suggestions we've made and the contacts we've established to attract such investments. If there is any way we can help in this process, we're of course available. We have attracted more than 150 million euros in foreign investment and we're working with all the major players in this area,'' Rimac told Vecernji list.

Make sure to follow our dedicated Made in Croatia and business pages for much more.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Wall Street Journal Sings Rimac's Praises, Makes Comparison with Musk

As Telegram/Vedran Vrabec writes on the 7th of October, 2019, the highly respected American newspaper The Wall Street Journal published a conversation a few days ago with famed Croatian entrepreneur Mate Rimac, whom they refer to as "the next Elon Musk", claiming that ''Mate Rimac sells lightning in a bottle.''

The wildly popular New York daily begins its story by listing Rimac's numerous business successes.

This Croatian entrepreneur's incredible technology is embedded in the cars of famous manufacturers such as Aston Martin, Renault and Koenigsegg, his company attracted investment from Hyundai and Porsche, and VW acquired a 5.5 percent stake in Rimac's company last month, according to the aforementioned text.

"I think he's a genius," Heiko Mayer, who works on the Porsche electric model project, Taycana, said of Rimac. "I think he's going to become a legend."

Last month, Koenigsegg's Reger, a supercar powered by Mate Rimac's battery system, broke one of its most extreme speed records, when it reached 0 to 400 km/h in just 31.49 seconds, WSJ reports.

"Why do all these big companies come to strange, remote Zagreb, when they themselves have far greater resources? What is it that Rimac is doing differently?'' asked a New York journalist who spoke to the Croatian businessman.

"There's no 'silver bullet' that will solve all your problems," said the entrepreneur from Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina, who impressed the journalist with his excellent command of English, among other things. "There's a lot of optimisation, trying new things, experimenting; it's important to be quick, to test out ideas, concepts, simulations and detailed prototypes over and over again,'' explained Rimac.

The same is done in Porsche, the journalist notes, to which he explains that big manufacturers must be "technologically conservative." Rimac himself is certainly not conservative, as evidenced by the fact that his company's technology has not been patented. "If someone is so good to be able to copy us, go ahead, copy us, you deserve it. We're so quick that we move forward two generations before that technology can be protected,'' he said.

Mate Rimac built his business entirely from scratch, as the text states. The Republic of Croatia is one of only a handful of EU member states where there is no production of cars or auto parts other than his company, it is noted.

Rimac says his lack of investment from abroad was a big problem in the early stages of starting a business, as was the fact that there was nobody in Croatia to learn from about that type of business. "There was no market, there were no companies from which we could pull workers with some experience. Nobody knew how to make a chassis or a suspension, develop a crash test, develop headlights...'' Rimac tells WSJ of his rough beginnings.

His first product, the Concept One, turned out to be a real electric beast. It gained worldwide fame in 2017, when Richard Hammond, the host of the popular British show Top Gear, crashed it. To date, the company has recruited up to 600 employees, and has outgrown its existing facilities. Last year, Rimac introduced a successor to the Unit, named the C_Two.

In addition to the new car, Rimac Automobili is also planning a new complex, which reminded the respected American publication of something otherworldly, almost as if out of Star Trek. Rimac's new campus is set to be built on land covering 22 acres, near a 15th-century mansion. Among other things, it will have a green roof, and will also be home to animals, and Rimac (who is a vegetarian) hopes that their presence will make people think twice about eating meat.

In addition to all of the above, the complex will also feature a large outdoor meeting space, restaurants, a nursery, a hotel in the woods and more.

In addition to the production of parts for large automotive companies, a smaller number of Rimac supercars will be produced there, no more than three or four per month. "Costing two million dollars per car, this is no small business," said Rimac, whom the Wall Street Journal describes at the end of the text as a man obsessed with cars, speed, technology and, more recently, the launch of the Croatian automotive industry.

"Is all this good for me? Certainly not,'' Mate says with a laugh. "To do something like this means sacrificing everything else. I've accepted that. I have no time for myself or my friends.''

When asked about how he feels about Elon Musk, Rimac replies that he has never spoken to him. "But I'd like to talk about some things," he says.

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