Rimac Automobili, unveiled the design for its new state-of-the-art home in Croatia
Rimac Automobili, unveiled the design for its new state-of-the-art home in Croatia, including on-site test track, accommodation, and museum.
Rimac Automobili has grown from one man in a garage in just a decade to a global technology powerhouse. Now, it's one of the automotive industry's rising stars, especially as the world transitions to an increasingly electric future.
Reflecting its status today as a strategic partner to the likes of Hyundai-Kia and Porsche, Rimac is now looking to bring together all of its people and functions in one unique, spectacular place. The eye-catching complex, carefully designed by famous Croatian architectural practice, 3LHD, will showcase the brand's spirit and focus on attention to detail, with a lengthy wishlist to future proof it's new home. The new complex will be its international R&D and production base and enable the company to ramp up from prototype and smaller volume projects to high-volume production of its high-performance electric drivetrain and battery systems for many global car companies.
The new site, designed around the idea of providing the best possible working environment for an international workforce, is located only a couple of kilometres from Rimac's current home and occupies a site of 200,000 m² while the built area will be 100,000m². It is expected to be completed by 2023.
Speaking about the brand's exciting plans, CEO and Founder, Mate Rimac, said, "Just 10 years ago this company was only me in a garage, working on electric performance vehicles and components. Since then, we have grown to around 1,000 employees, formed strategic partnerships with Porsche, Hyundai Motor Group, and others and worked with the biggest names in the automotive industry. But, we have always committed to developing our business within Croatia; we're proud to be here, and with this new location, it will be our long-term home.
The new complex will contain many clever and unique features in keeping with the brand's focus on striking design, innovation, and sustainability. Among them are an urban 'swamp' and meadows, plus a rooftop garden. Arguably, the complex's most unique element will be its on-site accommodation. Rather than opting for a traditional hotel to accommodate both visitors and new employees, the team has signed off on a series of individual 'pods' that will blend in with the woodland surrounding them.
In the long term, the new site will accommodate over 2,500 employees and substantial production facilities, well over double today's current headcount. Hence, the site has been split into two distinct areas. The first is the HQ building, which will house central functions, management and R&D, and Greyp's offices – the electric bike manufacturer also founded by Mate Rimac. Linking this building to the next will be a large, glazed restaurant subtly built into the landscape with sweeping views on either side. At one end will be the retail space and kindergarten. At the other, the reception and showroom and museum.
The scale and ambition of the new Rimac Campus is vast, making it one of the largest builds of its kind in Europe, not just within the automotive industry. The investment in Rimac Campus will exceed 200 million euros. Construction at the new site is scheduled to start later this year, with completion expected in 2023.