Croatian electric vehicle (EV) hypercar manufacturer and EV technology specialist Rimac Group has just shown off the latest developments at its €200 million (A$310 million) headquarters in Zagreb, Croatia.
Titled as the ‘Rimac Campus’, it’ll serve as the company’s international resarch and development (R&D) and production base for all future Rimac products, including the Rimac Nivera, and their key components.
This campus will also become the home of R&D for future Bugatti models due to the new joint venture, though these vehicles will be built at Bugatti’s Molsheim plant in France.
Rimac recently joined forces with Bugatti to form a new joint venture company known as Bugatti Rimac, with Rimac founder Mate Rimac becoming CEO of both brands.
The joint venture sees Bugatti step out from under the Volkswagen Group umbrella, though Porsche holds a 45 per cent stake in Bugatti Rimac.
For now the individual brands will continue to operate separately, retaining their existing production facilities and distribution channels.
Although the brands will be kept separate, future vehicles will share technology.
Across the 112,980 square metre gross floor area and 197,575 square metre site area, this complex will feature an on-site test track, museum, design, engineering, production and testing facilities, as well as “high-end customisation” showroom, bar, restaurant and retail spaces.
Rimac also touts there’ll be a gym and training centre, kindergarten, auditorium, conference hall, education rooms, rooftop garden, command centre, VR-rooms and several top-secret project rooms.
The complex was designed by Croatian architectural practice 3LHD, with plans for the project dating back to 2019.
Rimac also explained the complex has been designed with expansion in mind, while still blending in seamlessly with its grassy, natural environment.
“Croatia will always be our home and to begin laying the foundations of our new long-term base is a huge milestone as we build something that allows us to best reflect our brand, ambitions and be a springboard for growth over the next decade and beyond,” said Mate Rimac, Bugatti Rimac CEO.
“Strengthening our position as a hypercar maker, as well as a leading Tier 1 supplier of electric performance technology to the world’s largest automotive manufacturers, we can’t wait to show off the final creation and move in [to] our long-term home.”
In the long-term according to Rimac, the complex will employ “over” 2500 people which is reportedly more than double the current headcount.
At this stage Rimac expects the construction of this complex to be completed in 2023, with many future-proofing additions to be added after this date.
It’s uncertain whether Bugatti will go all-electric with the help of Rimac for its future vehicle line-up, but the production of its quad-turbo W16-powered Chiron hypercar is entering its final stages.