Porsche has just announced that it has acquired a 10% stake in electric supercar maker Rimac.
If you’re unfamiliar with Rimac, it’s the Croatian maker of super-fast electric cars. Think a Tesla is quick? Try the Rimac Concept One, which will do 0-100 km/h in 2.5 seconds, thanks to its four electric motors generating 1,224 bhp.
As you can imagine, the Concept One is quite a handful – it’s the car that Richard Hammond crashed on The Grand Tour when competing in a hill-climb event.
Anyway, Porsche wants a piece of that action as it ramps up development of its own electric cars. The production version of the Mission-E concept was recently named the Taycan, which will launch in 2020. And, further down the line, an all-electric Porsche 911 is expected to be built.
While the amount of money that Porsche has poured into Rimac remains confidential, it’s thought that Porsche hopes to gain access to some of Rimac’s electric powertrain technology for its troubles.
“We feel that Rimac’s ideas and approaches are extremely promising, which is why we hope to enter into close collaboration with the company in the form of a development partnership,” said Lutz Meschke, a member of Porsche’s board.
“By developing the purely electric two-seaters super sports cars, like the Concept One or C Two, as well as core vehicle systems, Rimac has impressively demonstrated its credentials in the field of electromobility.”
And Rimac’s CEO, Mate Rimac, said that he was looking forward to becoming a “component and system supplier of choice for the industry in electrification”. Conclusion? It’s likely that some of the powertrain tech from Rimac’s cars will end up in the Porsche Taycan.
If that’s the case, we can’t wait to see what these two firms can do together.