Porsche’s Huge $83 Million Investment In Rimac Could Make For An Interesting Future
Porsche has raised its ownership stake in Rimac, going from owning a minority share of 15.5 percent to 24 percent. The deal cost Porsche €70 million, or around $83.2 million based on current exchange rates. This is the third time the German automaker has invested in its Croatian company. Back in 2018, Porsche secured a 10 percent minority stake in Rimac before that share grew to 15.5 percent in 2019. Other automakers have also bought into Rimac, specifically Hyundai and Kia. The two Korean brands invested €80 million, or around $95.1 million, as part of a technical partnership that would give birth to a pair of high-performance electric vehicles.
Bugatti May Soon Be The Property of Rimac - Here’s What That Would Mean
The Volkswagen Group could be on the verge of selling Bugatti to Rimac. A report from German weekly Automobilewoche quoted Porsche CEO and Volkswagen AG management board member Oliver Blume hinting that a decision on the blockbuster sale could happen by the middle of 2021.
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The Rimac C Two, Which Doesn’t Even Have a Real Name, Is Not Completely Sold Out
The Rimac C_Two has been in development for the better part of two years, and even though the final production version hasn’t been revealed, the Czech automaker hasn’t had trouble attracting prospective customers.
No, Rimac hasn’t sold the C_Two’s entire production run, but it has filled up the supercar’s production allocation for the first year. That’s the word from no less than Rimac’s head honcho Mate Rimac, who took to Facebook to clarify rumors that all 150 planned units of the C_Two are already accounted for.
Bugatti Could Soon Be Sold Off to Rimac
Revived in 1987 by Italian entrepreneur Romano Artioli, Bugatti was acquired by the Volkswagen Group in 1998. Under German ownership, the French brand introduced the Veyron and the Chiron, as well as a handful of one-off supercars, all powered by massive W-16 engines with more than 1,000 horsepower. Come 2020 and Bugatti could be sold off, and rumor has it the French company may end up with Rimac Automobili, the Croatian firm that produces electric supercars, drivetrains, and battery systems.
When You Buy A Rimac C Two, You Smile A Lot
Nico Rosberg lives a relatively charmed life, at least compared to most of the world’s population. After winning the 2016 Formula One Driver’s Championship, Rosberg retired like a boss, ensuring that he left the sport sitting on the mountaintop.
Since then, the German driver has dabbled in driver management, television hosting, and eco-entrepreneurship. But just because Rosberg has been gone from motor racing for four years, that doesn’t mean his thirst for speed and performance has dissipated. On the contrary, Rosberg remains a driver/racer at heart, and his latest car purchase proves as much. In the event that you’re desperate to own a Rimac C-Two but you can’t afford one, now’s a good chance to live vicariously through Nico Rosberg, who proudly showed off his latest four-wheeled acquisition, much to our collective jealousy.
Rimac Wants You To Know That the C Two Hypercar is More Than Capable of Drifting
Croatia’s very own all-electric hypercar maker Rimac is busy making the C_Two, a semi-autonomous, 1914-horsepower rival to anything the established bunch has to offer.
While we wait to see how a C_Two off the production line really feels like, the company teases us with the car’s myriad of features out of which, obviously, we picked this one because you know as well as we do that 1,696 pound-feet of torque doesn’t mean much unless it can all be translated into clouds of tire smoke.
This Guy’s Reaction to Driving the Rimac C Two Is Priceless
The Rimac C_Two was supposed to make its official debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. The coronavirus, of course, had other plans, and the event got cancelled altogether, so Rimac had to postpone the launch.
It’s been a race against the clock to get the C_Two up and running for its supposed debut in March, and seeing Misha Charoudin driving the car and getting this sort of emotions from it got us thinking that Rimac might have outdone itself with the C_Two.
Watch the Rimac C Two Deploy Its Active Aero on the Track
The production variant of the Rimac C Two is coming at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, but Rimac isn’t exactly on holiday these days. The two-seater, all-electric hypercar needs to be locked and loaded by the time Geneva kicks off (unless the recent coronavirus developments will force the authorities to cancel the show), and Rimac is hard at work to ready the C Two for its debut.
Rimac Teases the C Two Hypercar Again as it Moves Into the Prototype Phase
The Rimac C_Two all-electric hypercar has been in our lives in some form or fashion over the past few years. But just as the development of the C_Two has taken some time, the bounty is about to be dropped now that the Croatian hypercar is nearing production form. Production-spec prototypes of the C_Two are now out and about as Rimac continues to perform a series of tests ahead of the production version’s highly anticipated debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. A total of 17 different prototypes have been made, each serving a different testing purpose, including chassis rigidity and high-performance autonomous driving development. Tests will continue over the next few months as Rimac builds up to the production C_Two’s debut in Geneva in March 2020.
Rimac Took the C Two to Nardo and Bragged About it With Some Cool Pictures
Rimac is hard at work testing, tweaking, and making sure that the production version of the C_Two hypercar will rise to the expectation. Other than crash testing the C_Two, Rimac is also applying the finishing touches on equally important aspects for a super-sporty all-electric vehicle, namely handling, road dynamics, and grip. So the Croatian carmaker took one C_Two test mule out to play, with the playground being the famed Porsche Engineering-owned Nardo Technical Center located in Southern Italy.
Rimac, Like McLaren and Bugatti, Has Decided to Skip the SUV Train
The gravy train that is the SUV segment continues to roll along with a few notable absences in the passenger cars area. McLaren and Bugatti have made it clear that they are not hopping on the train anytime soon, and now, you can add Rimac to that list. The Croatian automaker that’s famously known for the Concept_One and C_Two isn’t keen on developing an SUV anytime soon. Instead, Rimac will continue to focus on what it does best: build demented hyper beasts. The C_Two hypercar is tracking nicely for a production debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show and after that, Rimac is already working on a new and yet-to-be-identified two-seater supercar. There’s no room for an SUV here, folks.
The Production Version of the Rimac C Two Debuts in Geneva Next Year, But Under What Name?
Mate Rimac is surely taking his time with the development of the road-legal car based on the stunning Rimac C_Two. The thing is, the Croatian upstart is also taking its time when it comes to finding a name for the all-electric hypercar. As it turns out, Mr. Rimac and his marketing staff will change the C_Two name into something else, but at this point, we don’t know what that might be. What’s more, they don’t have the slightest idea either.
The Rimac C Two Shows Off New Livery at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show
Rimac, the crazy Croatian company behind the world’s most powerful EV, arrived in Geneva with a different C_Two than the grey one shown last year when the model was officially released. This time, we got to see how well white covers the curves of the 1,914 horsepower hypercar and, to put it shortly, it looks amazing.
Rimac shook the supercar establishment when it launched the C_One (or Concept One) seven years ago at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Now, one year after the world premiere of the ludicrous C_Two, we get more info on the automaker’s progress with the car that’s not out on the road yet although it’s already been sold out despite costing $2.09 million and many expecting owners forking out an extra $600,000 on options.
2019 Rimac C Two California Edition
Not content with blowing us away with the Rimac C_Two, the electric supercar brand took to the Peterson Automotive Museum to showcase a special edition version of the C_Two, called the California Edition. The limited-run electric supercar mixes all the mind-numbing features and qualities of the C_Two and adds room for…two champagne bottles. There’s no word yet on the availability of the C_Two California Edition, though expect it to be a tad more expensive than the $1.2 million standard version.
Rimac C Two California Edition Pops the Champagne In Monterey
Unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the spectacular Rimac C-Two received the special-edition treatment for the Monterey Car Week in California. Dubbed California Edition — what else, huh? — the supercar is actually identical to the version we saw four months ago save for the attention-grabbing blue exterior and a revised trunk.
Porsche Buys Into the Most Unexpected Automaker and it Could Help Improve its Electrification Strategy
Proving that it has established itself as a legitimate company in the auto industry, Rimac Automobili has sold 10 percent of the company to Porsche. Details of the German automaker’s investment in the Croatian electric supercar brand and technology company have yet to be specified, but the writing on the tea leaves point to it revolving around electrification, specifically with high-voltage battery technology and electric powertrains.
Richard Hammond’s Accident Helped Rimac Sell Three Cars The Exact Same Day
It’s been almost a year since The Grand Tour’s Richard Hammond barely escaped with his life after crashing a Rimac Concept One. It was a tumultuous one for a lot of people, but apparently, the crash turned out to be a blessing of sorts for Rimac. Despite losing one of its $2.1 million machines because of the crash, the accident, and the subsequent media exposure it received, helped the company sell three units that same day.
The Rimac C Two is Almost Sold Out and Folks are Averaging $600,000 in Options!
Rimac introduced the C_Two less than a month ago, bringing yet another heavy-hitter into the ongoing battle for EV supercar supremacy. Now, it’s reported that nearly all 150 examples have been scooped up, with an average of $600,000 in options tacked onto the $2.09 million base price.
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The Geneva Motor Show Is Where The Fastest Of The Fast Strut Their Stuff
If you ever need a reminder that yes, we are indeed living in a golden age of performance automobiles, just check out the list of debuts heading to this year’s Geneva International Motor Show. Specs and figures that would have been considered outlandish and silly just a few decades ago are now becoming the norm, as million-dollar, 1,000+ horsepower monster machines seem to litter the Palexpo convention center floor in 2018. Here are some of the highlights.
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Tesla Roadster 2.0 vs the Rimac C Two - Did Rimac Just Beat Tesla To The Punch?
The world went gaga when Tesla dropped a surprise debut of its next-gen Roadster last November, with analysts and speed fans alike drooling over the claims made by the high-tech EV sports machine. Some of the numbers and specs seemed insane for a street-legal road car, but with an official on-sale date still several years away, there was time for the rest of the industry to catch up. Now, it looks like the Tesla just got one-upped before it could even hit the road, as Rimac dropped the C Two in Geneva with a list of numbers capable of delivering a K.O. punch to the upcoming Roadster 2.0.
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