Aston Martin hires ex-Ferrari and Maserati powertrain boss in electric push

Aston Martin RapidE

Aston Martin’s first electric model will be the RapidE, due in 2019

Joerg Ross joins luxury British brand as it aligns itself to an electrified future, which will start with the RapidE

Aston Martin has recruited former Ferrari and Maserati engine head Joerg Ross as its new chief engineer for powertrains.

Ross will lead development of Aston Martin’s engines, gearboxes and electrification, bringing with him 25 years of engineering experience – 16 of which were in top-ranking positions in Italy, including at Ferrari’s Formula One team.

He has also spent time at at Ford and engineering firm FEV earlier in his career. Ross is leaving his role as Maserati’s head of advanced powertrains, which he has held since 2014, to join Aston Martin.

Max Szwaj, vice-president and chief technical officer at Aston Martin, said: “We are delighted to welcome Joerg to the Aston Martin team. His considerable experience and knowledge will prove invaluable for the engineering team as we prepare the business for the next generation of Aston Martin products.”

Aston Martin will launch its first all-electric production car, the RapidE, in two years. That car was previewed in a prototype in 2015 and was confirmed for production earlier this year. The RapidE is expected to produce up to 1000bhp from a four-electric motor set-up. Ross will take a leading role in the production car’s driveline development.

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer recently told Autocar that the brand was moving towards an all-electrified future, where it would use hybrid technology as well as fully electric drivetrains. The brand has invested heavily in more efficient engine technology, which culminated in the launch of its first turbocharged V12 engine with the DB11.

Ross said of his new role: “I’m delighted to be joining Aston Martin at what is an exciting time for the brand. The company is at a significant point in its history, with the recent announcement of its first all-electric car, the RapidE. I’m excited to play a part in developing Aston Martin’s future vehicle strategy.”

Source: Autocar Online

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