Audi Sport confirms Oliver Hoffmann as new development boss
Hoffmann led development of naturally aspirated V10 engine of the R8 and succeeds Stephan Reil as head of technical development
A long-time Audi engineer who has taken on a range of roles, including the development of the naturally V10 engine used by the R8, 40-year-old Hoffmann is set to oversee the expansion of the Audi Sport line-up from an existing 11 models today to a claimed 16 by 2020.
Hoffmann’s previous roles include quality management at Lamborghini in Sant’Agata in Italy and engine development at Audi’s factory in Gyor, Hungary.
“With the appointment of Oliver Hoffmann, we have gained a highly qualified manager for the technical development division,” said Stephan Winkelmann, chairman of Audi Sport, in an announcement today. “With his experience and skills, Hoffmann will help to realise the expansion of the Audi Sport brand.”
Among the new models to be launched under Hoffmann’s technical leadership is a range of Audi Sport SUVs, including the long-mooted RS Q5 and RS Q8.
Hoffman succeeds Reil, who has been responsible for the development of all new model projects at Audi Sport (previously Audi Quattro) since the first-generation Audi RS 4 Avant launched in 1999.
“Through his dedication and hard work over many years, Reil has contributed significantly to the growth and success of Audi Sport,” said Winkelmann.
Reil, 52, is set to take on a new as-yet-unspecified role within Audi.
Source: Autocar Online