Croatian electric vehicle producer Rimac is expanding into the Italian automotive market, becoming the lead technical partner of Automobili Pininfarina’s first electric hypercar. Rimac is to provide battery and drivetrain expertise, as well as software and hardware, in a contract worth up to 80 million euros.
“We are very excited about this challenge. Combining Rimac values – technology, innovation and performance with the heritage, history and Italian design of Automobili Pininfarina makes a perfect synergy for an exciting new hypercar – the PFO,” said Mate Rimac, founder and CEO of Rimac.
The partnership is a major milestone for both companies. While it sees Rimac partner with an iconic brand and secures its first full-system series production automotive supply contract, Automobili Pininfarina has secured an innovative, successful and highly proficient technical partner.
“From the moment I met Mate, I knew that he and his team at Rimac could provide the power we need to deliver memorable driving experiences to match the incredible design standards set by Pininfarina,” commented Michael Perschke, CEO of Automobili Pininfarina. “This collaboration brings together the future of electric performance with the heritage of Pininfarina’s legendary automotive styling capabilities to deliver a truly beautiful hypercar.”
Since its launch, Rimac’s hypercar C_Two has already starred at a number of car shows, establishing Rimac’s role as a leading technology provider.
“We have become the go-to people when it comes to electric powertrains, batteries, innovative infotainment and telemetry systems and many other core vehicle systems. At the same time, our supercars are redefining what electric vehicles are capable of and showing that the electrified future will be exciting,” said Mr Rimac after closing a 30 million-euro investment with Camel Group, Asia’s largest battery manufacturer.