Porsche is entering the electric car market. After the official announcement of the first electric car, Taycan, the company has just announced the purchase of 10% of shares in Rimac Automotive, a leading manufacturer of electric hypercars.
Rimac Automobili designs and manufactures components for electric vehicles and also manufactures its own electric cars. Porsche points out that it counts on the company’s cooperation in the area of co-creation of cars. The German manufacturer is planning to become a major player in the electric car industry and has recently officially announced its first electric model, Porsche Taycan. It is a production version of the visionary Porsche Mission E and is expected to be officially released within a few weeks.
“By developing the purely electric two-seaters super sports cars, like the ‘Concept One’ or ‘C Two’, as well as core vehicle systems, Rimac has impressively demonstrated its credentials in the field of electromobility”, says Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board and Member of the Executive Board for Finance and IT at Porsche. “We feel that Rimac’s ideas and approaches are extremely promising, which is why we hope to enter into close collaboration with the company in the form of a development partnership.”
The Croatian manufacturer became extremely popular due to the participation of their first car – Rimac Concept_One – in The Grand Tour, a new show made by Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond in Amazon Prime. Unfortunately, their car was smashed on set during the recording of the mountain race in Switzerland. Richard Hammond flew out in one of the corners, flew over 300 metres, constantly rolled over, and then landed on the roof. He managed to leave the vehicle with his own strength just before the car ignited and burned completely. Due to the extremely solid construction of the Concept_One, Hammond only suffered left leg injury and minor shock.
Currently, Rimac offers only C_Two, which was shown in March this year at the Geneva Motor Show. The drive units of the new electric super-car generate a total power of 1914 hp and 2300 Nm of torque. This allows a sprint of 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 1.95 s and a maximum acceleration of up to 412 km/h. The car has a range of up to 650 km and charging the batteries up to 80% takes just 30 minutes. It is planned to produce 150 units, most of which are already sold out.