Rimac Unveils Design For Its New State-od-the-Art Campus
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EV hypercar manufacturer and electric technology specialist, Rimac Automobili, unveiled the design for its new state-of-the-art home in Croatia, including on-site test track, accommodation, and museum. Born out of Mate Rimac’s vision to create the world’s most exciting and powerful electric sports cars and electrified performance components, in just a decade, Rimac Automobili has grown from one man in a garage 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 its 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 kilometers from Rimac’s current home and occupies a site of 200,000 square meters while the built area will be 100,000 square meters. It is expected to be completed by 2023. Considerable thought has gone into the new complex’s look and feel. Mate Rimac has personally been keen to ensure that his business’ new home embodies not just the brand’s character, but also that of its people. As such, the spaces have been refined to be friendly, open and warm, with more than a hint of fun. At the same time, befitting the company’s leading-edge technology status, it will be contemporary, light-filled and take inspiration from its natural surroundings.
"We have now reached a point where we need to build our long-term home in Croatia, and that’s exactly what the Rimac Campus is. Having outgrown our existing facilities, we’re now creating a space that best reflects our brand and our ambitions, working with world-leading architects to build a campus that sits comfortably within the natural beauty of Croatia while also bringing every aspect of Rimac into one place. The top priority of the project was to create the best possible working environment for our employees and to allow visitors and the public to enjoy the space and mix with Rimac employees. The campus is our springboard to the growth plans we have over the next decade and beyond, strengthening us as niche hypercar maker, a leading Tier 1 supplier of electric performance technology to the world’s largest automotive manufacturers and an early mover in the worlds of autonomy and mobility," said Mate Rimac, CEO and Founder of Rimac Automobili.
Given the brand’s dedication to and passion for automotive projects, the site will also boast many aspects to enable customers to immerse themselves in the full Rimac experience. As part of it, there will be a customisation showroom to allow customers to preview and specify their cars to their exact tastes on-site, plus a museum with a bar and merchandise shop. As part of full site tours, visitors will also be able to see cars being carefully pieced together through glass. Given the scope of Rimac’s work for other car companies, provision has also been made for several top-secret project rooms. And, given the huge amounts of data from the business, as well as the ability to monitor its own cars and their development for its customers, there will also be a dedicated Command Centre.
One of the Rimac values is focused on employee wellbeing and learning. As a result, a games room, gym and training centre, restaurant and even a kindergarten and farm animals have been incorporated in the plans. In keeping with its sustainability credentials, on-site organic food production has also been factored in, as has plenty of park land for both employees and the public to enjoy. Meeting the company’s desire for multi-functional and adaptable spaces, the site will also house an auditorium, conference hall and education rooms. Given the company’s rapid rate of growth, the site has also been penned in such a way that it can be expanded over time, while still blending in seamlessly with its natural surroundings.
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 being the HQ building, which will house central functions, management and R&D, as well as 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. On the opposite of its fork design will be its production and testing facilities, encompassing design, prototyping and reverse engineering. At the rear will be the entrance to the beating heart of the site, its production plant which will house machining, components and vehicle assembly, battery production, composites production, and paint shop.
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.