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Mate Rimac – 33 years old has run two supercar companies

Mate Rimac founded the supercar company Rimac Automobili at the age of 21 and 12 years later, became the CEO of the Bugatti-Rimac joint venture.

The life, career, dreams and cars of Mate Rimac – the creator of the 2,000-horsepower electric supercar and will help create future Bugattis – is making headlines across the industry. And in order not to be confused with the car company Rimac, people often call the founder by the first name, Mate, instead of the usual surname. Now, some people even compare Mate to Elon Musk – CEO of electric car maker Tesla – and Nikola Tesla – Serbian-American genius inventor.

Mate Rimac at the Rimac factory in Zagreb, Croatia, 2019. Photo: The Times

Visionary, inventor, designer, innovator, businessman, car fan, and prominent pioneer of high-performance electric vehicles – all just a few of the many words used to describe Mate Rimac – a Croatian of Bosnian origin who is 33 years old this year.

At the age of 19, Mate began converting a 1984 BMW 3 series into an electric car in his garage. In 2009, Mate founded Rimac Automobili at the age of 21. Just two years later, the 23-year-old man and Rimac made a pure electric supercar from scratch: the Concept One model. At the age of 33, Mate became the head of the new venture Bugatti-Rimac – a combination of the Croatian supercar company he founded and the famous French supercar brand.

Mate’s story and life are like straight out of a novel. Born in 1988 in Livno (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Mate moved with his family to Germany when he was 3 years old, then returned to settle in Croatia. In the southern European country, Mate completed his studies and became a student at the University of Vern in Zagreb. Before turning 18, Mate had won many international awards for invention and technical development in Germany, Korea and Croatia. One of his patents is “iGlove” – ​​a digital glove that can replace a mouse and keyboard.

Mate’s passion for cars and racing led him to a 1984 BMW 323i in 2004. Mate competed in several local races, but the car’s engine quickly broke down and he came up with the idea of ​​using a The 600-horsepower electric motor to create a new electric vehicle – the Rimac e-M3 – is also the development platform for Mate’s first supercar.

Mate Rimac and the electric BMW in 2012. Photo: Vau-Max

Mate Rimac and the electric BMW in 2012. Photo: Vau-Max

At first, the results were not as expected, but in 2010 the Mate took its first win over petrol cars, and the electric BMW took a number of acceleration records set by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) and the International Automobile Federation (FIA). Guinness World Records recognized in 2011.

Rimac Automobili until 2010 consisted of only two people, Mate and designer Adriano Mudri. In the same year, the company started the project to make the first electric supercar. With initial funding from members of the UAE royal family, Rimac Concept One debuted at the Frankfurt auto show, Germany, in 2011 with 1,088 hp and could increase to 1,224 hp in the final version. .

Only eight Concept Ones were produced, but at the moment, Mate and his team are preparing to produce a second supercar model – Nevera with a capacity of 1940 horsepower with the ability to reach a top speed of 412 km / h. Only 150 Nevera units were sold worldwide.

Mate Rimac and the Nevera supercar.  Photo: Rimac

Mate Rimac and the Nevera supercar. Image: Rimac

But producing electric supercars is not the most important of Mate’s goals. The founder’s most ambitious project, Rimac, is to become the main supplier of electrical systems for all major automakers, especially those that want to develop new high-performance electric vehicles.

By this time, Rimac Automobilo has been working with a bunch of big names in the industry. Among these are Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Koenigsegg, Porsche, Mercedes, Hyundai.

Rimac currently has about 1,000 employees and an estimated value of $937 million. Its headquarters are in Sveta Nedelja, near Zagreb, Croatia. The shares in Rimac are currently divided as follows: Mate Rimac 37%, Porsche 24%, Hyundai 12% and other investors 27%.

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