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WE COULD EVENTUALLY SEE A RIVIAN SPORTS CAR

The Rivian Sports Car Was “Shelved” Not Canceled

Legend has it that the original Rivian product was an electric sports car that the company spent a few years working on until eventually placing it on the shelf and turning their focus to trucks and SUVs. However, with Rivian planning to launch six new vehicles by 2025, there’s a chance a sports car could come sometime later. The Drive interviewed CEO RJ Scaringe recently, and divested further details regarding this initial product, which was the company’s focus from its start in 2009 until the end of 2011 and early 2012, when a change of direction took place. This eventually led to the the Rivian R1T and R1S.

Changing Up The Rivian Brand

Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe emphasized that his company began “getting much more sophisticated in how we think about brand, and how we think about how the product, and the strategy, and the technology, and how they all fit together,” as well as having the desire to have impact, to change the way people think about vehicles and change the way people think about sustainability, we just came to the conclusion that that wasn’t the right platform to build from.”

While a Rivian sportscar would be fun, that market isn’t nearly as extensive as trucks and SUVs here in America. Rivian recently put in trademark applications for R3, R4, and R5 model names. Both suffixed with “T” for truck, and “S” for SUV. The filing took place over the summer, and we theorize this could just be the beginning as Rivian could eventually offer 10 or more vehicles in its portfolio.

We previously covered that Rivian got a tax break of $440 million, which could allow for us to see a new Rivian plant in Texas within the coming years. The plant would be able to produce 200,000 vehicles per year. With Rivian planning to launch six new vehicles within the next four years, we likely won’t see a Rivian Sportscar anytime soon, but it’s definitely a future possibility.

Rivian Normal Il Illinois Manufacturing Plant Factory R1T R1S Fort Worth Texas
Image Via Rivian.

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Ford Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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