How Rimac Goes From Prototypes to Volume Production

How many engineers do you need to create your own parts, and then a fleet of hypercars from them? According to Rimac, all of them. Plus a supercomputer. And more.

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Going even deeper behind the scenes than in the previous three episodes of Rimac's factory tour, in this final one, Mate Rimac explains his company's industrialization process, the way they develop each component for series production. And when it comes to their methodology of turning raw materials into a 1914-horsepower C_Two and other cutting-edge gadgets, complex is an understatement.

In its second car, Rimac doesn't use fuseboxes, but a bunch of individual solid state control units to minimize wiring. The C_Two's battery cells also need to perform during any charge circle you can throw at them, be those repeated 0 to 60 runs, or one hot lap after another at your favorite race track. Achieving that with the cells takes a whole lot of thermal and chemical engineering, as well as perfect understanding of the magnetics and energy losses in the motors. Rimac builds most of its own software and hardware, despite the fact that its permanent factory is not even finished yet. To make the most of this compromised situation, Rimac supplies other OEMs with lightning fast infotainment systems, as well as other profitable components. This side business certainly comes handy when one is gearing up to produce the most advanced carbon fiber monocoque on the market, and then only share it with Pininfarina.

Industrialization, homologation, software and hardware engineering, large scale health and safety planning, autonomous developments and the Greyp e-bike business next door? No wonder Rimac bought a supercomputer. Attracting great engineers to Croatia is one thing, but the amount of data behind their speed clearly demands its own building. And by next summer? Mate says that once again, his company will look completely different.

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