Aston Martin hires ex-McLaren chief test driver Chris Goodwin

Chris Goodwin

Ex-McLaren chief test driver Chris Goodwin

British racer moves to Aston during development of its Valkyrie hypercar

Chris Goodwin has departed McLaren as chief tester to join Aston Martin – with the British racer expected to play a key role in the Valkyrie’s development.

Goodwin brings with him experience from McLaren, where he helped develop the P1 and has been driving its future models, the BP23 and P15, as well as racing experience that includes racing at Le Mans.

His new job title will be expert high performance test driver, meaning he will be the most influential driver during the Valkyrie’s development. The £2.5 million hypercar has been co-developed by Red Bull Racing. Due on roads in 2019, it uses a 6.5-litre Cosworth V12 engine and electric power to produce more than 1100bhp.

Goodwin will also have input into the development of Aston Martin’s other new models, including its first SUV, the DBX, and following RapidE electric car.

Aston Martin has also hired Simone Rizzuto, former vehicle performance testing and integration lead at Maserati and Alfa Romeo, as its chief engineer for vehicle dynamics.

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said: “I’m thrilled to have people of Chris and Simone’s calibre join Aston Martin’s already stellar engineering and dynamics team. Their decision is a great endorsement of our future plans while the skills and experience they bring is second to none.

“As we enter the next crucial phase in the development of our growing product and powertrain portfolios they will make an invaluable contribution in shaping an exceptional new family of Aston Martin models”. 

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Source: Autocar Online

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