A comparatively unknown boutique Croatian automotive maker helps Porsche develop its upcoming hybrid sports activities vehicles.
The German sports activities automotive big final week upped its possession of the tiny Rimac model to 15.5 per cent with an funding believed to run into many thousands and thousands of .
Whereas Porsche is just not stipulating which of its future electrified fashions Rimac is helping in growing, it’s understood the sports activities vehicles — together with the long-lasting 911 and the 718 Boxster and Cayman — are the targets.
“We see potential for future co-operation with this firm, that’s why we raised our stake in Rimac,” stated Dr Stefan Weckbach, Porsche’s head of battery electrical autos and the vp of improvement for the upcoming Taycan EV.
Porsche’s simply revealed all-electric Taycan was signed off earlier than the 2018 announcement that Porsche would take a 10 per cent stake in Rimac (later upped to 15.5 per cent final week).
And Porsche’s SUVs (Macan and Cayenne) and Panamera usually leverage the plug-in hybrid programs of guardian firm Volkswagen.
That leaves sports activities vehicles such because the 911 as the obvious mannequin for Rimac to offer parts and/or improvement help for.
Porsche has engineered the most recent 992-generation 911 to simply accept a hybrid system and it’s anticipated to reach round 2022.
Rimac’s specialty is high-voltage battery expertise, electrical powertrains and the event of digital interfaces similar to infotainment programs.
Dr Weckbach was extremely complementary of Rimac’s engineering data, which features a workforce of 550 individuals.
“They’re extraordinarily profitable within the discipline of high-end all-electric engineering, a beautiful firm with a really, very dedicated employees. The data alternate between their colleagues and us is effective to all events.”
Since producing its first automotive in 2016 Rimac has solely delivered a handful of vehicles, one in every of which was written off in a excessive profile crash by former High Gear host Richard Hammond.
However it offers lots of of hi-tech electrical car parts — together with batteries and software program — to the likes of Aston Martin and Koenigsegg.
Rimac additionally has an €80 million ($128 million) cope with Korean automotive makers Hyundai and Kia to help with improvement of upcoming electrified efficiency vehicles.