Croatia: Rimac Bugatti starts to operate

Croatia: Rimac Bugatti starts to operate

Rimac Automobili officially joined forces with Bugatti Automobiles on Tuesday under the recently announced company, Bugatti Rimac d.o.o.

The Rimac Group will be the major shareholder in Bugatti Rimac with a 55% stake. Mate Rimac will retain his shareholding in Rimac Group at 35%, with Porsche at 22%, Hyundai Motor Group doing the same at 11% and other investors at 32%. The development, production and supply of battery systems, drivetrains and other EV components that Rimac is known for and trusted by many automotive manufacturers will be separated into a new entity – Rimac Technology, which will be 100% owned by the Rimac Group.

“Bugatti Rimac represents the unique combination of two automotive and technological trailblazers. Rimac’s distinctive agility, technical expertise and relentless innovation in the EV sphere, along with Bugatti’s 110-year heritage of design and engineering some of the world’s most iconic hypercars, are now combined in the leading hypercar company. Porsche will play a strong role in the joint company as a strategic partner. Besides two managers, the Stuttgart based sports car manufacturer will appoint two Supervisory Board members, Oliver Blume, Chairman of Porsche AG, and Lutz Meschke, deputy chairman and CFO of Porsche AG,” reads the Company official press announcement.

Mate Rimac’s leadership and strategic direction that has seen Rimac become an industry frontrunner mean he is exceptionally placed to lead the new company as Chief Executive Officer. As CEO of Rimac Group, he will run both Bugatti Rimac and the new division, Rimac Technology.

Bugatti Rimac’s global headquarters is situated at Rimac’s current base on the outskirts of Zagreb, Croatia, but in time will transition to the recently announced €200M, 200.000m2 Rimac Campus, also serving as the home of Rimac Technology.

With construction having now begun, joint research and development of future Rimac Automobili and Bugatti hypercars will ultimately take place at the Rimac Campus – due to open in 2023. High-tech innovation forms the basis of the state-of-the-art facility, with the capacity to host 2,500 curiosity-driven people and a hive of groundbreaking developments. Bugatti Rimac starts operating with 435 employees as part of the new company, 300 of which will be headquartered in Zagreb, and 135 in Molsheim, France. In addition,180 people at Bugatti Engineering’s location in Wolfsburg will support the new company. Rimac Technology will consist of over 900 employees. The Rimac Group numbers over 1.300 employees across its various locations.

Rimac Automobili and Bugatti Automobiles will each continue to operate as separate brands and manufacturers, retaining their individual production facilities in Zagreb and Molsheim respectively as well as the distribution channels.

Rimac Technology will continue to innovate, developing vehicle systems and technologies for many global OEMs. Such innovative technology can also be deployed in future Bugatti and Rimac models.

Commenting on the first day of Bugatti Rimac operations, Mate Rimac, Bugatti Rimac CEO, says: “I am honoured to be leading this new fusion of automotive minds and begin what will no doubt be a successful, revolutionary and exciting new chapter for everyone involved. I am also extremely curious to oversee the profound impact Bugatti Rimac will have on the industry, and I look forward to developing innovative new hypercars and technologies.
It’s difficult to find a better combination than Rimac and Bugatti. Rimac’s fast-paced operations and electrification skills are the perfect complements to Bugatti’s exceptional heritage and craftmanship. Stay tuned for some truly extraordinary projects in the future.”