In the shadow of its development centers, Porsche has an enigmatic relationship with Rimac, a Croatian manufacturer working on electric hypercars. Both with him and with the Bugatti brand, the dossier of a very special trio stands out, and all the more so this March.
Porsche rises to the capital of Rimac
On Monday, the Stuttgart-based company announced a new investment of 70 million euros in Rimac at its headquarters near Zagreb. This is the second time Porsche has risen in its capital city after holding 15.5% of the company’s shares since September 2019.
The rumors announced it for a week, and Rimac should raise between 131 and 151 million euros in a larger round with other investors. Porsche now has a 24% stake.
“Rimac is on the way to becoming a leading supplier for Porsche and other manufacturers in the high-tech segment”, said Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Management for Finance and IT at Porsche AG.
The gradual investment would have a limit: Porsche rejects the idea of taking majority control over this brand, which leads to many puzzles. What role will the manufacturer play in the development of Porsche’s electric series?
Electric cars at Bugatti prices
The question would be much more anecdotal if Bugatti’s fate was not taken into account. In September 2020 there were rumors that the Volkswagen Group wanted to part with its French jewel, the manufacturer with the fastest hypercars in the world.
The buyer would be none other than Rimac … while a sale of Bugatti would be part of the terms Sine qua non This strengthens the relationship between Rimac and Porsche.
In addition to Porsche, Rimac is also addressed by Koenigsegg, Aston Martin, Renault and Hyundai. The weight of the two generalist manufacturers could explain the Volkswagen Group’s need to meet the conditions set by the Croatian manufacturer.
The noose is tightening and the puzzle may be on its way to be solved. Another possible explanation is to understand the founding of this mysterious trio of builders. Porsche would find its technological interest in Rimac, which some of its employees prefer, but the Volkswagen Group wouldn’t want to adopt a new ultra-luxury brand, which, like Bugatti, would make it lose money even if it did make the new one possible to develop electric range.
Normally the first fruit of the work between Porsche and Rimac would be the first electric Macan. None of the three companies commented on the outcome or the development of their relationship. However, it seems clear: converting electric sports cars at Porsche comes at the price of a thermal … and French heritage.
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