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Rimac Automobili test mule breaks world records
The e-M3 was Rimac Automobili’s first test mule – the car that started all.
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.”
Now the “green monster” develops 600 horsepower, 900 Nm of torque, reaches 100 km/h from standstill in 3.3 sec and a top speed of 280 km/h. Five development evolutions have pushed the e-M3 to become the officially fastest accelerating electric vehicle according to strict FIA rules.
The record braking attempt took place on a 2 km long military runway near Zagreb on April the 17th, 2011. Nonetheless, the records couldn’t be published until now. Mr. Rimac explains: “We had to wait over a year for FIA’s official approval to publish the records. But while we were waiting the spirit of inventiveness took us even further, so we made something even faster. Our pre-production car, the Concept_One, can beat the e-M3; by far.”
Such a prolific output is surprising from a company that young, with little previous automotive experience. But still, Rimac Automobili has brought a sparkle in the world of e-mobility and is now breaking prejudice about boring and slow electric vehicles. As a company riddled with innovation at the cutting-edge of electric vehicle technology, Rimac Automobili will bring to all who remain dubious one more surprise – before the end of this year, Rimac Automobili will deliver its first ground-braking vehicle to a customer.
1/8 mile: 7,549
1/4 mile: 11,808
1/2 km: 13,714*
1 km: 23,260*
1 mile: 35,347*
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*Records subject to official FIA approval (pending)
About Rimac Group
The Rimac Group, led by CEO Mate Rimac, is majority shareholder of Bugatti Rimac and the sole stakeholder of Rimac Technology. The Group brings together the most advanced hypercars in the world with a globally renowned team developing high performance electrification, autonomous and software solutions for the world’s largest OEMs. Rimac is based on the outskirts of Zagreb, Croatia, with locations around Europe, and currently employs more than 2,000 people. From 2023, the Rimac Group will be headquartered at a new state-of-the-art 200,000 m2 Rimac Campus, large enough to accommodate over 2,500 people.