Rimac Automobili is a Croatian company that develops and produces high-performance electric vehicles and battery systems. The first model - the Concept One, is known as the world's fastest production electric vehicle.
The groundwork for the company began in 2007 as a garage-housed hobby of founder, Mate Rimac. He converted his BMW E30 to incorporate an electric powertrain and subsequently gained attention from press and investors. Much of the early financing came from selling patents and from family money. The company itself formed in 2009 and rented facilities in Sveta Nedelja, near Zagreb, Croatia. The e-M3 was Rimac Automobili’s first test mule. The founder and CEO Mate Rimac started to convert this car when he was only 19 years old: “I owned an old BMW E30 (MY 1984) which I used for drift and circuit races. At one of these races, the gas engine blew up. Then I decided to try building an EV. After one year or so the car was able to drive but I was not satisfied with the result. It was heavy, not very powerful and the range was very limited. I started to gather a team of experts to develop our own components since I believed that the electric propulsion can give much more compared to what was available on the market. At that time, I already had a very clear vision of my ultimate goal. Today, hard work is making my dream come true.”
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