Rimac Makes Bold Move Poaching Tesla's Former VP

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When you're out for EV domination, you need all the expertise you can get.

Tesla is undoubtedly the current king of the electric vehicle game, and upcoming models like the Tesla Roadster and Cybertruck are poised to help solidify that standing. However, one of its biggest obstacles to total world domination is Rimac, although its goals are slightly different from Tesla's. Rimac is building an all-out electric hypercar in the driftworthy Rimac C_Two, while Tesla is more interested in commercial and passenger vehicles like its Model Y SUV. However, expertise in the EV industry can be valuable no matter how it was gained. To that end, Rimac has hired Tesla's former vice president, Chris Porritt. His knowledge extends beyond just electric cars and comes from a career spanning more than 30 years.

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The man's prolific career has seen him work at Aston Martin as chief engineer for 16 years, during which time he oversaw the production of the stunning One-77 hypercar and the V12 Vantage Zagato. In 2013, Porritt joined Tesla as its VP of engineering before moving to a senior role in Apple's Special Projects Group.

The man doesn't just work on electric cars either. According to a press release issued by Rimac on the new appointment, Porritt is a true gearhead, spending his free time building and racing his vintage race cars. Considering how passionate Rimac seems to be, Porritt looks like the perfect guy for the job as Chief Technology Officer.

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Porritt himself also released a statement which reads as follows: "The opportunity to join Rimac Automobili is an engineer's dream. Since nearly every key component is designed and built in-house by Rimac, this gives us the freedom to create something that's unlike anything else that has been done before in the Hypercar world. Rimac is the perfect place to use my combined experience in the engineering of supercars at Aston Martin and the EV engineering experience I gained in California. What the team has already achieved with the development of C_Two thus far is phenomenal, and I look forward to guiding the engineering development of future Rimac products that will push the envelope of performance." We can't wait to see what comes next.

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