e-M3 Evaluation vehicle

I owned an old BMW E30 (MY 1984) which I used for drift and circuit races. At one of these races, the gas engine blew up. Then I decided to try building an EV. The goal from the beginning was to create a very powerful car. At first I started on my own. I read a lot about other people’s projects who have already converted cars to EVs, and even some who are using EVs for racing. Then I have ordered parts and started to build the car. After one year of development the car was able to drive but I was not satisfied with the result. It was heavy, not very powerful and the range was very limited. I started to collect a team of experts to develop our own components since I believed that the electric propulsion can give much more compared to what was available on the market.

The old BMW has gone through five development phases. Every time we changed almost everything. The power electronics, motors and battery-packs have been replaced each time with more compact, lighter and more powerful developments. The car got faster, lighter and more reliable each time. After three years of development, the first Rimac mule car, the e-M3 became one of the fastest and most exciting electric cars in the world. We realized that there wasn’t much BMW in that car left – this was the trigger for me to develop a car from scratch.”

Mate Rimac

founder of Rimac Automobili

 

Performance: 

Power output (wheels): 404 kW / 550 WHP
Power output (motor): 441 kW / 600 HP
Torque: 900 Nm
Weight: 1150 kg
Stored energy: 24 kWh
 
Range: 180 km
0-100km/h: 3.3 sec.
¼ Mile time: 11,3 sec.
Max. speed: 280 km/h

"I believed that the electric propulsion can give much more compared to what was available on the market"