This is what the Tesla campus in Croatia would look like: What’s in it for the UK?
The auto industry is on the verge of significant change as the transformation to electric is in full swing. Today, the electrification of the automobile is made possible by increasing support for charging infrastructure and improving battery technology. Many VCs and companies are investing in EVs and their R&D facilities, given the market potential in the years to come.
State-of-the-art house worth £ 173m
In this regard, Rimac Automobili, a manufacturer of components for hypercars and electric vehicles, recently unveiled the design of its new state-of-the-art home in Croatia. The news comes about two weeks after the announcement of its UK R&D office.
Designed by renowned Croatian architecture firm 3LHD, the campus consists of an on-site test track, accommodation and a museum. The investment in Rimac Campus will exceed 200 million euros (approximately £ 173 million).
It should be noted that 3LHD has been responsible for the design of a series of notable Croatian and international projects including the Riva Waterfront in Split and the LN Garden Hotel in Guangzhou, China.
R&D and production base
The new complex will form the company’s international R&D and production base. The site allows the company to move from prototype and smaller-volume projects to high-volume production of its power transmission systems and high-performance batteries for many global automotive companies.
According to the company, the new site is designed around the idea of providing the best possible working environment for an international workforce.
In addition, it is located a few kilometers from the current house in Rimac and occupies a land of 200,000 m² while the built surface will be 100,000 m². It is expected to be completed by 2023.
Inspired by Rimac’s flagship
According to the designer, the architects drew on the design from several sources, including the curves and movement of Rimac’s impending new flagship, the C_Two. In addition, it is said that there is an urban “ swamp ” and meadows, as well as a roof garden.
Instead of the traditional hotel to accommodate both visitors and new employees, the company has signed a series of individual “pods”. Ultimately, the new site will accommodate more than 2,500 employees and major production facilities.
Rimac and the United Kingdom
Rimac Automobili’s R&D office is based in Warwick Enterprise Park and is expected to employ 30 people by the end of 2021, working closely with the UK automotive industry and the Croatian headquarters of Rimac.
Rimac Automobili already has close links with the UK, HR Owen being part of the global network of partners.
The company has already supplied electrified technology to a number of UK car brands such as Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover, in addition to being a supplier to several of the world’s largest automakers including Hyundai, Porsche, Automobili Pininfarina, Koenigsegg, etc.
Having said that, Rimac in the UK market will have a tough time as other car makers are vying for part of the market. We have compiled a list of companies that Rimac will directly compete with its C_Two.
Alcraft Motor Company Ltd is focused on the development of unique low carbon vehicles and technologies.
The company has developed Alcraft GT, a two-door electric vehicle. The car has carbon fiber construction, a four-seater layout and 500 liters of trunk.
The GT’s powertrain was designed by Delta Motorsport, a Silverstone-based company that unveiled an ultra-efficient micro-turbine range extender.
Lightning Car Company, a London-based automobile company, has unveiled “Lightning GT”, a battery-powered electric sports car. It has a carbon fiber body, an impressive 495 hp, and goes from 0 to 60 in under 4 seconds. In addition, it has a range of over 500 km on a single charge.
Norwich-based Lotus Cars is a UK manufacturer of state-of-the-art Formula 1 sports cars and racing cars. The company introduced Lotus Evija, a limited production electric sports car in 2019. However, Evija’s production is limited to 130 units.
Just like the other cars, it also has a carbon fiber bodywork and a battery-powered electric powertrain. The Evija develops nearly 2,000 horsepower, and the company claims that this makes it the most powerful production car on the planet.
Morris Garage (MG)
Morris Garage, a British car brand founded by Cecil Kimber in the 1920s, recently unveiled the image of its electric concept car – MG Cyberster. The Cyberster – developed by the team at MG Advanced Design Center in London – is a two-door, two-seater sports car.
According to the company, the intelligent all-electric architecture of the Cyberster will allow an approximate range of 800 km (500 miles) and 0 to 100 km / h (0 to 62 mph) of less than three seconds.