The Rimac Group is planning to grow its R&D activities at Rimac Technology UK, and is looking to expand its workforce in control systems engineering, electrical engineering, battery systems engineering and more for automotive manufacturer projects. The team will also be recruiting for Project 3 Mobility – a company connected to the Rimac Group that is developing a new urban mobility ecosystem – and a new energy storage project.
The Rimac Technology UK office was opened in early 2021, employing 15 people by the end of its first year. As the Rimac Technology business, based in Zagreb, Croatia, continues to grow, the UK office will also expand. During 2022, Rimac Technology hired a total of 537 people across all its locations.
Rimac Technology’s UK office is located close to the UK’s ‘Motorsport Valley’ and to the headquarters of a number of luxury automotive brands, which opens up access to engineering talent, especially in the areas where the business is flourishing: high-performance electrification technology and integration. Although much of its work is confidential, Rimac Technology has publicly announced projects with Aston Martin, Porsche, Hyundai, Kia, Automobili Pininfarina, Koenigsegg and others. In total, it has developed projects for 14 different manufacturer partners. It counts six UK manufacturers among this total.
Mate Rimac, CEO of Rimac Group said, “The level of engineering talent within the UK makes it an absolutely crucial location for our growing Rimac Technology business. There’s such a high concentration of innovative young mobility companies, established automotive brands and motorsport experts that it makes sense for us to have a hub in the country that will allow people to be a part of the Rimac Group without the potential upheaval of moving country. This is a long-term strategy for us, and while our current UK home is temporary, we are already seeking a larger, more permanent base in the country in line with our future growth predictions for the company.”
The knowledge and expertise developed while creating the EV powertrain for the Rimac Nevera all-electric hypercar and other high-performance programmes are now offered to OEMs as modular technical solutions, which can be adapted to meet the needs of specific projects. For example, the company’s high-performance AXL_SC1 electric drive unit platform is a complete e-axle system incorporating an electric motor, inverter and transmission, and can be tailored to high-performance, super, hyper and luxury vehicles.
The company also provides a range of high-performance plug-and-play vehicle control units, which can be integrated into a vehicle’s electrical architecture, while Rimac Technology software enables the control systems such as torque vectoring to provide focused high-performance handling. The UK team is also working on the development of future Rimac and Bugatti vehicles.
Throughout 2023, Rimac Technology UK will be advertising for roles in:
• Battery systems engineering at all levels
• Mechanical design engineering at all levels
• Electric engineering in embedded software, functional safety, software development, battery management systems and embedded hardware
• Project purchasing
• Manufacturing engineering
• Business development
• Control systems
• Body engineering, trim, electric engineering and software, and vehicle engineering
Other developments at Rimac Group for the coming year include moving part of its operations to the new €200 million Rimac Campus located 16km from Zagreb, which will provide state-of-the-art facilities for more than 2,500 Rimac Technology and Bugatti Rimac employees. The Campus has on-boarded numerous OEM projects and personnel so swiftly that 80% of its production facilities will be in use as soon as it opens in 2023, but a further ‘Mega Campus’ is also in the future plans for the business.