Mate Rimac, founder of the Rimac Group and CEO of Bugatti Rimac, has won the top prize at the Autocar Awards 2022, the Issigonis Trophy, in recognition of the incredible contribution he and the company he built have made to the global automotive industry .
Named after the legendary engineer and inventor of the Mini, Sir Alec Issigonis, the Issigonis Trophy is awarded by Autocar to an individual who has played a significant role in shaping the future of one of the world’s largest industries.
In just over a decade, Mate Rimac has established a million-pound electric hypercar manufacturer of his own design and become a major supplier to other automakers, securing significant investment from the likes of Hyundai and Porsche, seeking access to his hardware and software knowledge. That is his success, he is now in control of Bugatti.
All this earned Rimac the prestigious award at the Autocar Awards, celebrated during an evening ceremony in the Silverstone Wing.
Autocar editor in chief Steve Cropley said: “Mate’s rise to the top in just over a decade is remarkable. From a bright young man messing around with a rusty, electrified BMW to a respected automaker – soon to be the largest company in Croatia – backed by big names like Porsche is formidable. There is no one left who deserves our Issigonis Trophy and we can’t wait to see what he does next.”
The Autocar Awards also honor Prodrive founder David Richards, who is receiving the Sturmey Award for his leadership in improving and reshaping British motorsport for the future. Named after Henry Sturmey, who founded Autocar 127 years ago, the award honors an individual who brought the highest technical standards to the industry.
The Editor’s Award goes to Stellantis executive vice president and general manager of British group Alison Jones for her many achievements that have led the company’s recent merger through some of the most turbulent waters.
The Mundy Award for Engineering, presented to an outstanding engineer for their contributions to the industry, has been won by Gordon Murray for his work in Formula 1 and McLaren, but especially for his new, brilliantly packaged V12 supercars in F1 form.
Hyundai’s SangYup Lee wins Autocar’s Design Hero award for his contributions to elevating the company’s design and brand itself with cars like the Ioniq 5.
This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award was won by Peter Schreyer, an industry titan who wrote iconic cars such as the Volkswagen Golf and Audi TT, before switching to Kia and Hyundai to lead rapid changes in their design.