Ri­vian read­ies ‘ba­nanas’ off-roader to fol­low R1T and R1S

Autocar - - LA SHOW -

THE THIRD MODEL to come from new start-up elec­tric car maker Ri­vian will be a ral­lyraid style per­for­mance car.

Speak­ing to Au­to­car at the Los An­ge­les show, Ri­vian founder and CEO RJ Scaringe said the model to fol­low its ini­tial R1T pick-up and R1S SUV would be “ba­nanas”.

“The third ve­hi­cle will have a smaller wheel­base [than the R1S SUV] and will be the Ri­vian interpretation of a rally car with a lot of ground clear­ance,” said Scaringe.

Any car Ri­vian makes has a “com­bi­na­tion of off-road per­for­mance and a level of func­tion­al­ity that’s unique in its space”, ac­cord­ing to Scaringe.

The UK is in Ri­vian’s plans for its mod­els, with a likely 2021 launch date here for its ini­tial of­fer­ings in right­hand drive. Con­struc­tion will take place in a for­mer Mit­subishi plant that’s cur­rently be­ing con­verted to Ri­vian’s re­quire­ments, with much of the ex­ist­ing in­fras­truc­ture and ma­chin­ery set to be used.

Ri­vian also plans to of­fer its mo­du­lar ‘skate­board’ chas­sis to other car mak­ers, as long as its prod­ucts don’t com­pete. Scaringe said he had al­ready had sev­eral ap­proaches, both from in­ter­ested car mak­ers and some from non-car mak­ers want­ing to launch an au­to­mo­tive prod­uct on a ready-made ar­chi­tec­ture.

Ri­vian R1S will be fol­lowed by a ral­lyraid-style model

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