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Rimac Unveils Concept For New €200 million Campus in Croatia

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Electric automaker Rimac Automobili has unveiled new designs for its €200 million state-of-the-art home in Croatia, including an on-site test track, accommodation, museum, and campus facilities.

Recently EV hypercar manufacturer Rimac Automobili unveiled designs for its new €200 million state-of-the-art home in Croatia, including an on-site test track, accommodation, a museum, and campus facilities.

From humble beginnings in the garage of founder Mate Rimac, over the last ten years, Rimac Automobili has created some of the most thrilling electric hypercars and become a global leader in technology thanks to Mate’s vision for an electric future.

Reflecting its role as a strategic partner to the likes of Hyundai-Kia and Porsche, Rimac is now looking to bring together all of its people and functions into one unique location and have found a place to call home only a few miles from Rimac’s current facilities.

Rimac Campus Croatia Interior Driveway

Working with famed Croatian architectural firm 3LHD, Rimac is looking to showcase its spirit and focus on attention to detail and create a futuristic complex that will house all operations for many years to come.

The new complex will also be its international R&D and production base and enable the company to ramp up from prototype and smaller volume projects to high-volume production of its high-performance electric drivetrain and battery systems for many global car companies.

The new building site, designed around the idea of providing the best possible working environment for an international workforce, is almost double the size of the current location and will occupy a site of 200,000 m² with works to be completed by 2023.

Putting considerable time and thought into the new design, Mate Rimac has personally been keen to ensure that the new home embodies not just the brand’s character but also that of its people. As such, the spaces have been refined to be friendly, open, and warm, with more than a hint of fun. Simultaneously, befitting the company’s leading-edge technology status, it will be contemporary, light-filled, and take inspiration from its natural surroundings.

Rimac Campus Croatia

Sharing on the brand’s exciting new plans, Rimac Automobili CEO and Founder Mate Rimac explains, “Just 10 years ago this company was only me in a garage, working on electric performance vehicles and components. Since then, we have grown to around 1,000 employees, formed strategic partnerships with Porsche, Hyundai Motor Group and others, and are working with the biggest names in the automotive industry. But, one thing that we have always committed to is developing our business within Croatia; we’re proud to be here, and with this new location, it will be our long-term home.

We have now reached a point where we need to build our long-term home in Croatia, and that’s exactly what the Rimac Campus is. Having outgrown our existing facilities, we’re now creating a space that best reflects our brand and our ambitions, working with world-leading architects to build a campus that sits comfortably within the natural beauty of Croatia while also bringing every aspect of Rimac into one place.

The top priority of the project was to create the best possible working environment for our employees and to allow visitors and the public to enjoy the space and mix with Rimac employees. The campus is our springboard to the growth plans we have over the next decade and beyond, strengthening us as niche hypercar maker, a leading Tier 1 supplier of electric performance technology to the world’s largest automotive manufacturers and an early mover in the worlds of autonomy and mobility.”

Rimac Campus Croatia Interior

Using their extensive experience in creating spectacular buildings and complexes, often integrating spaces with nature, Croatian architectural firm 3LHD has taken design inspiration from several sources, including the curves and movement of Rimac’s C_Two hypercar and speed itself.

Focusing on the concept of speed, the new Rimac complex is influenced by how various groups enter and flow through the site. For example, employees will naturally be keen to get to their workspaces quickly, while visitors and museum guests are more likely to experience the indoor communal spaces and outdoor areas at a more leisurely pace.

The new complex also features a balance between design innovation and sustainability and includes urban “swamps” and meadows, along with a rooftop garden and on-site accommodation for visitors and employees in a series of “individual pods” that will blend in with the surrounding woodland area.

Rimac Campus Croatia Interior Cafeteria

Of course, as an automotive factory, Rimac will include a customization showroom to allow customers to preview and specify their cars to their exact tastes on-site, plus a museum with a bar and merchandise shop.

As part of full site tours, visitors will also see cars being carefully pieced together through glass, although visitors will not be given access to the top-secret project rooms.

Rimac Campus Croatia Factory

With a focus on employee wellbeing and learning, the Rimac complex will also feature a games room, gym and training center, restaurant, and even a kindergarten.

In keeping with its sustainability credentials, on-site organic food production has also been factored in, as has plenty of parkland for both employees and the public to enjoy and even the provision for farm animals on-site. Meeting the company’s desire for multi-functional and adaptable spaces, the site will also house an auditorium, conference hall, and education rooms.

With a plan for long-term growth, the site has also been designed so that it can be expanded over time while still blending in seamlessly with its natural surroundings. It will be able to accommodate over 2,500 employees and substantial production facilities, double today’s current headcount.

Hence, the site has been split into two distinct areas. The first being the HQ building, which will house central functions, management, and R&D, as well as Grey’s offices – the electric bike manufacturer also founded by Mate Rimac.

Linking this building to the next will be a large, glazed restaurant subtly built into the landscape with sweeping views on either side. At one end will be the retail space and kindergarten. At the other, the reception and showroom and museum.

Rimac Campus and Factory Croatia

On the opposite of its fork design will be its production and testing facilities, encompassing design, prototyping, and reverse engineering.

At the rear will be the entrance to the beating heart of the site, its production plant, which will house machining, components, and vehicle assembly, battery production, composites production, and paint shop.

The new €200 million Rimac Campus’s size and scale make it one of the most significant builds in Europe, with construction scheduled to begin later this year.

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Bentley Celebrates Flying Spur Hybrid With “Odyssean Edition”

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New Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid “Odyssean Edition” is the first production Bentley to introduce elements of the futuristic EXP 100 GT concept car.
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The limited edition Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean Edition. Credit: Bentley Motors

Earlier this year, Bentley revealed the new Flying Spur Hybrid as their second electric model, and to celebrate the launch, they’ve created a special “Odyssean Edition” that takes inspiration from Bentley’s futuristic EXP 100 GT concept car.

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Inspired by the futuristic Bentley EXP 100 GT concept car. Credit: Bentley Motors

As the first production Bentley to introduce details seen in the concept vehicle that imagines the future of luxury mobility in 2035, the new Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean Edition introduces a range of new sustainable materials that enhance the design without compromising the level of luxury expected of a Bentley.

Like other Flying Spur models, the “Odyssean Edition” also uses Bentley’s signature Flying spur “lofted diamond” pattern throughout the interior and features tweed material made from 100% British wool especially made for Bentley, Koa veneers, sustainable leathers, and specially engraved treadplates and D-pillar badging.

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Six curated colors have been selected for the exterior of the Flying Spur Odyssean Edition. Credit: Bentley Motors

For the exterior of the Flying Spur Odyssean Edition, owners have a choice from a curated palette of six colors to complement the detailing and have five interior specifications to choose from, including Beluga, Porpoise, Cricket Ball, Brunel or Burnt Oak (owners are still able to select from the full range of Bentley colors if they desire).

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Custom treadplate of the Odyssean Edition. Credit: Bentley Motors

The Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean Edition is powered by a 2.9-liter turbocharged V6 engine combined with an advanced electric motor that together delivers 536 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque for a 0-60mph time of 4.1 seconds. When fully fuelled, the Odyssean will be able to travel over 435 miles due to the new powertrain that requires significantly less fuel.

Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Interior Dash
Luxurious interiors made with sustainable materials. Credit: Bentley Motors

Like other Bentley models, owners can review various options and data through the My Bentley app, including the “find my car” and “lock my car” feature, location of e-charging stations, remote initiation of battery charging, and cabin comfort control.

Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Seating
“Lofted Diamond” pattern featured throughout the Flying Spur Hybrid. Credit: Bentley Motors

The Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean Edition is a limited edition, although price and numbers have not been revealed as yet.

Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Interior
Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Details
Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Taillights
Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Wheels

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McLaren 765LT Spider is McLaren’s Most Powerful Convertible Yet

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The new limited-edition McLaren 765LT Spider is McLaren’s most powerful convertible yet and offers owners the Longtail driving experience.
The new McLaren 765LT Spider revealed. Credit: McLaren Auto
The new McLaren 765LT Spider revealed. Credit: McLaren Auto

McLaren has revealed the McLaren 765LT Spider as the brand’s most powerful convertible to date and fastest accelerating LT Spider yet.

Following on from the McLaren 765LT “Longtail” coupe unveiled last year, the new 765LT Spider will be limited to only 765 vehicles to match the production numbers of the already sold-out coupe.

The 765LT Spider is McLaren's fastest accelerating LT Spider yet. Credit: McLaren Auto
The 765LT Spider is McLaren’s fastest accelerating LT Spider yet. Credit: McLaren Auto

The 765LT Spider, like its predecessors, stays true to the Longtail principles first developed over 25 years ago and features McLaren’s triple-patented retractable hard top roof for a driving experience that puts the driver at the center of the action.

Featuring an electrically operated one-piece carbon fiber retractable hard top. Credit: McLaren Auto
Featuring an electrically operated one-piece carbon fiber retractable hard top. Credit: McLaren Auto

“Lowering the convertible roof of the 765LT Spider opens up another level of driver engagement. The coupe is impressive in its own right, but when you lower the roof of the Spider, there is a step-change in character – almost a theatrical element, like experiencing a live orchestra from right in front of the stage,” shared Ian Howshall, Global Product Manager, McLaren Automotive.

The McLaren 765LT Spider is only 108lbs heavier than the coupe version. Credit: McLaren Auto
The McLaren 765LT Spider is only 108lbs heavier than the coupe version. Credit: McLaren Auto

As the most powerful convertible to date (not including the Elva, which doesn’t have a roof and thus can’t “convert”), the 765LT Spider is powered by the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine to produce 765PS and 800Nm of torque, hitting 0-60mph in 2.7 seconds and reaching a top speed of 205mph.

Limited to only 765 vehicles in total will be produced. Credit: McLaren Auto
Limited to only 765 vehicles in total will be produced. Credit: McLaren Auto

Pricing of the McLaren 765LT Spider starts at £310, 500 with availability limited to only 765 cars for customer order worldwide and production capacity for 2021 already filled.

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McLaren 765LT Spider Lifestyle Parked Door Up
McLaren 765LT Spider Exhaust

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The Final Bugatti Divo Delivered To European Customer

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Bugatti has revealed the 40th and final Bugatti Divo hypercar has been completed at the Molsheim factory and delivered to a European customer.
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The last Bugatti Divo has now been built and delivered. Credit: Bugatti

A little over three years ago, Bugatti announced the Divo as a revival of its coachbuilding division and has now completed the last and final Bugatti Divo of the 40 bespoke vehicles built in total.

Delivered to a European customer, the final Bugatti Divo is finished in Bugatti EB 110 Blue with contrasting Blue Carbon and an interior with French Racing Blue and Deep Blue accents.

Last Bugatti Divo Rear Side View
Reviving Bugatti’s historic coach-building skills. Credit: Bugatti

Following in the footsteps of Bugatti’s historic coach-built vehicles, each of the 40 Bugatti Divo’s has been individually styled by the owners with various colors, materials, and bespoke design features to ensure that none are identical.

Where the coach-built Bugatti’s of the past have consisted of various bodywork shapes tailored around a single chassis, owners of the Divo have been able to push the envelope with the design and development team being able to modify one-off technical components to create entirely individual models to suit the driving style of the owners.

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Custom built to each of the 40 owners specifications. Credit: Bugatti

“As well as unique design, customers who buy a coach-built model enjoy a new, individual driving experience,” explains Pierre Rommelfanger, Head of Overall Vehicle Development at Bugatti. “Each small series undergoes the same degree of development as would a larger production run.”

Named after the French race car driver Albert Divo, who scored a series of race victories for Bugatti over a 20-year period, in honor of him and headquarters in Molsheim, the French flag adorns the Divo’s left and right front fenders as seen on the final Divo to leave the factory.

Priced at five million euros, the Bugatti Divo was Bugatti’s most expensive model when it was first announced in 2018 and was sold within weeks of its first reveal to select customers.

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Final Bugatti Divo delivered features interior with French Racing Blue and Deep Blue accents. Credit: Bugatti

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