Hypercar maker Rimac has opened a brand new R&D workplace within the UK specializing in engineering electrical car battery programs.
Rimac mentioned it would make use of as much as 30 folks within the workplace, which is situated in Warwick, central England, close to the headquarters of Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover.
“British engineers are world-class within the area of electrification and future mobility,” CEO Mate Rimac mentioned in a statement.
Rimac additionally builds and develops high-electrical elements for automotive firms in addition to growing its personal autos.
The corporate is 24 p.c owned by Porsche after a recent cash injection by the German automaker. Porsche Chief Monetary Officer Lutz Meschke mentioned in March that he sees “a certain likelihood” the two brands will co-operate.
The Croatian firm can also be 14 p.c owned by Hyundai-Kia, in addition to Chinese language battery maker Camel Group, which has a 19 p.c stake.
Mate Rimac signaled his intention to open a UK R&D center on a go to to the nation on the finish of 2019 .
“I imagine the UK is the very best place on the earth for automotive expertise,” he informed Automotive Information Europe throughout the go to.
Rimac is working with Aston Martin on battery programs for the UK automaker’s upcoming Valkyrie hypercar. The corporate has additionally labored with Jaguar Land Rover prior to now, however at the moment doesn’t have any initiatives with the British automaker, a spokesperson mentioned.
In July final yr, Rimac employed former Aston Martin chief engineer Chris Porritt.
Porrit beforehand labored for JLR earlier than shifting first to Tesla after which Apple, the place he had a senior position within the tech firm’s Particular Initiatives Group.
This yr, Rimac will launch its second hypercar, the full-electric C_Two, which produces 1,914 hp and accelerates from a 0-62 mph (100 kph) in beneath 2 seconds.