Rimac Rising: The Shocking Future Of The Hypercar

by Heather Platt | Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

“I was born in Bosnia, the poorest country in Europe. The roads were dirt. Cars were very rare. Nobody in my family had anything to do with cars, but my parents tell me that before I could walk or talk, I was already then crazy about them. Nobody knows why. I was just, somehow, for some reason, born with it.”

Rimac Rising Hypercar

I’m chatting with Mate Rimac (pronounced “mah-TAY re-MATS”) at the Geneva Motor Show. Nearby is the Rimac Automobili C_Two, a production-ready, all-electric hypercar boasting 1,887 hp, 1,696 lb-ft of torque, and performance to scare a Bugatti Chiron. Rimac claims the C_Two will hit 60 mph in 1.85 seconds, 100 mph in 4.3 seconds, and 186 mph in 11.8 seconds. The quarter mile takes just 9.1 seconds, en route to a top speed of 256 mph.

Just over the way is the gorgeous Pininfarina Battista, which is built around the C_Two’s Rimac-designed carbon-fiber monocoque with its potent Rimac-designed quad e-motor powertrain and 120-kW-hr battery pack. Across the aisle is Koenigsegg, for whom Rimac supplies ultra-high-performance hybrid technology. In the distance is Aston Martin, whose extraordinary Valkyrie hypercar also uses Rimac hybrid technology. And next door is Porsche, which has just acquired a 10 percent stake in Rimac Automobili.

Mate Rimac is just 31 years old. Yes, this hypercar creator and ultra-performance e-component specialist, whose company is headquartered near Zagreb, Croatia, is two years younger than Henry Ford was when Ford built his first car, the Quadricycle, in 1896.

Rimac bristles with the passion and intensity of the entrepreneur-engineers who shaped 20th century automaking, people like Henry Ford and W.O. Bentley, Ferdinand Piëch and Soichiro Honda. And that passion and intensity is overlaid with the preternatural tech savvy of the industry’s great 21st century disrupter, Elon Musk.


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