Apple. Tesla. Porsche. Hyundai. Koenigsegg. Automobili Pininfarina. Aston Martin.
While we don’t ordinarily cover people taking new jobs, given that list, we thought this is of more than particular interest.
Rimac C_Two development vehicles. (Images: Rimac)
A few other things:
- An all-electric supercar that can go from 0 to 100 km/h in <2 seconds and reach a top speed of 258 mph.
- A vehicle, the C_Two, that will have a production of 150 hand-built copies starting in 2021.
- A company founded and based in Zagreb, Croatia, in 2009, by Mate Rimac, Rimac Automobili. The man is now 32 years old. Do the math.
The job in question is that of Rimac Automobili chief technology officer. Chris Porritt has taken the position.
Mate Rimac (left) and Chris Porritt (right).
Porritt has previously been Aston Martin chief engineer. Vice president of Engineering at Tesla. And lead at the Apple Special Projects Group. He is going to Rimac from Apple.
Not exactly your run-of-the-mill employee.
The Other Items on the List
And as for the Porsche, Hyundai, Koenigsegg, Automobili Pininfarina and Aston Martin: they all have relationships with Rimac Automobili (e.g., Porsche owns 15.5% of the company; Hyundai Motor Group has invested 80-million € in the company and established a technology partnership).
We’d Sign, Too, For a Boss Like This
Listen to Mate Rimac: “We have started out in a country which is not known for developing cars. We learnt so much through trial and error as it was difficult to attract people from other countries, making the process challenging but exciting. I cannot imagine what our journey would have been like and how far along we would be now if we had Chris with us from the early days. I had concerns that people with great industry experience would not be a fit for our culture and company spirit. However, as a car enthusiast through and through, who gets the ‘hands dirty’ himself, Chris fit right in from the first moment. We share the same mindset: we want to develop cars that raise the bar, are fun and great quality. I can’t wait to see what we will be able to create together.”
Sounds like a great boss.