The joint venture will have its headquarters in Zagreb (Croatia) and is scheduled to be established in the fourth quarter of 2021. This is subject to the prior approval of antitrust authorities in several countries. Rimac will hold a 55 per cent share in the Bugatti Rimac joint venture, while Porsche will have a 45 per cent share. Porsche also holds a 24 per cent share in Rimac directly. Bugatti will be brought into the joint venture by current owner Volkswagen. The shares will then be transferred to Porsche. Combining the genes of two strong brands, Bugatti-Rimac will form an attractive automotive company – for customers as well as for employees.
Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board at Porsche AG: “We are combining Bugatti’s strong expertise in the hyper-car business with Rimac’s tremendous innovative strength in the highly promising field of electric mobility. Bugatti is contributing a tradition-rich brand, iconic products, a loyal customer base and a global dealer organisation to the joint venture. In addition to technology, Rimac is providing new development and organisational approaches.”
Under the umbrella of the new company, the Bugatti and Rimac brands will initially produce two hyper-car models: the Bugatti Chiron and the all-electric Rimac Nevera. Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. will continue to exist in the new joint venture. Bugatti models will still be produced at the Bugatti factory in Molsheim, France. This production facility is world-renowned for its perfectionism and its excellence in the areas of design and craftsmanship. Jointly developed Bugatti models are planned for the longer term.