Mate Rimac, CEO of Rimac Automobili and creator of the all-electric Concept_One supercar that has been featured in Formula E as its Race Director car, points out that new technology needs a proving ground and racing is the right place for test and development purposes. The competition 80 Day Race is one of those ideal platforms, he finds.
Rimac finds that the community needs to act if it wants a better environment and discovered that change is an ongoing process. “We are travelling the same way and consuming energy the same way for the last century. This generation is working in a completely different way,” he said and points out that the way we communicate and transport ourselves have become more efficient.
the ultimate challenge is Going around the world with an electric car
“Currently we are still driving the same way as our parents used to drive, but I don’t think my children will have a driving licence. The way we move is going to change and all of that needs a proving ground. Racing has always been a proving ground for new technologies and this is the right place to test things like that and to develop it.”
Competitions like 80 Day Race seem therefore important to Rimac. “For us, it is to show that the technology is here today. Basically, we can take our car and race. And it’s not just our car, there are companies like Tesla and Renault that are working on electric cars that are useful today. The ultimate challenge is to go around the world with an electric car.”
He continues: “The technology is there, the consumers need to be educated that the technology works, that it is valuable and that you can use it to go around the world. So then, why can’t you use it to travel every day to work and back?”
80 Day Race is a competition inspired by the story of Jules Verne, ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’, to prove that it’s possible to circumnavigate the globe (40.000 km) in 80 days. The event starts in Paris and will include minimum seven other stopovers in major cities. Rimac Automobili is one of the candidate teams.