Rimac designs and builds its own electric cars from the ground up, but an equally important part of its business is engineering and high-end component manufacturing for other companies, including large OEMs.
Unsurprisingly, most of Rimac's side projects have to remain secret for the time being. But those we can talk about include the battery packs for both the Koenigsegg Regera and the Aston Martin Valkyrie, the drivetrain of Tajima's 2015 Pikes Peak E-Runner, and some extensive development work on the mysterious W Motors Lykan HyperSport.
Rimac's involvement with the electric Jaguar E-Type Zero is no secret, but despite the car being used for the royal wedding, the Croatian company has to remain tight-lipped due to signing an NDA with JLR.
However, Mike Goodbun, Global PR Manager for Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations about the cooperation between Rimac and the team at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works:
Our Classic Works team built this car and engineered in conjunction with Rimac Automobili in Croatia, for some of the electrical expertise. So, we supplied them a brief, and have worked with them to develop this driveline in a way that meets our intensions for the reversibility of the conversion. It gave us the performance we needed, and builds on kind of the best of both, really: our expertise with classic cars and their experience with electrification technology.
That's right! This E-Type has been electrified in a way so that it could be restored to its original straight-six form, if ever desired.
However, given the number of original E-Types out there, only a fool would throw out Rimac's contribution to this British icon, even if the modern interior may feel like one step over the line. After all, plug-n-play upgrades should always be available, and electric torque is a beautiful thing.