Friday, September 28, 2018
Automobili Pininfarina has today made a series of power-packed announcements from its new Munich headquarters that will see it strengthen its management team, secure cutting-edge, world-beating electric powertrain technology, and put Formula 1 and Formula E experience in the PF0 hypercar driving seat.
Munich has been confirmed as the company's corporate and operational headquarters, providing access to expertise and engineering networks in arguably the world's most successful and technologically advanced car market. Munich'sreputation as one of the world's most exciting cities and its proximity to northern Italy, the home of Pininfarina SpA - who will design and build the PF0 under contract - was key to CEO Michael Perschke's selection of it for the global headquarters.
At a press conference in Bavaria's capital city today, Perschke and special guest Dr. Pawan Goenka, Mahindra & Mahindra Managing Director and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Automobili Pininfarina, also introduced a stellar cast of partners and collaborators in this exciting new dawn for sustainable, luxury, high-performance cars.
Dr. Pawan Goenka said: "The operating model for this business is exciting and absolutely relevant for the new mobility world in which we now live. It begins in Munich, bringing together the greatest minds and most innovative technology partners in the world, and investing in the right people and suppliers. This will ensure Automobili Pininfarina delivers on its promise to develop a range of beautiful, technically advanced, zero emissions, luxury cars befitting the Pininfarina brand. PF0 is the first result of this teamwork and will be a benchmark in the new EV hypercar arena."
Perschke said: "Today marks a significant step for the launch of a range of Pininfarina-branded cars and for PF0, which will be the most powerful Italian-built sports car in history - and the first luxury hypercar to be conceived in Germany. We have developed a sophisticated brief to deliver a ground-breaking all-electric hyper GT car to clients from 2020, and now we are curating the partners and suppliers to deliver this dream. The results will be electrifying for owners of Automobili Pininfarina cars in the future."
Technical partnership confirmed with Rimac
As electrification becomes both a genuine powertrain performance option and a necessary engineering solution for the modern world, Automobili Pininfarina has secured a unique technical partnership with Rimac to provide battery and drivetrain expertise, software and hardware.
Having started his company as an innovative and cutting-edge supplier of electric powertrain products less than ten years ago, Mate Rimac and his team have made significant steps into the automotive establishment, supplying electric power to a number of global sports and supercar brands. The contract with Automobili Pininfarina marks a significant step for both parties, as Automobili Pininfarina secures an innovative, successful and highly proficient technical partner, whilst Rimac secures their first series production automotive supply contract.
Mate Rimac said: "We are very excited about this challenge. Combining Rimac values - technology, innovation and performance with the heritage, history and Italian design of Automobili Pininfarina makes a perfect synergy for an exciting new hypercar - the PF0. This partnership is a big milestone for both companies and we are looking forward to bringing this incredible machine to life together."
Dr. Christian Jung and Dr. Peter Tutzer join Automobili Pininfarina
As Automobili Pininfarina begins the countdown to delivery of the world's first luxury electric hypercar in 2020, its Management Team has been strengthened further with the appointment of Christian Jung as Chief Technology Officer. In addition, Peter Tutzer joins the business as PF0 Senior Technical Advisor.
Jung joins as Chief Technical Officer having risen through the ranks of BMW Group in Germany and the USA, and Porsche AG. Jung moves from California where he has been based for about one and a half years, most recently as Faraday Future's Senior Director of Electrical Engineering and Platform Strategy. Before that he was Porsche's Director for E-Mobility Systems Design and a leading part of the initial project lead team for the Mission E and additional electrification projects.
Holding a PhD in mechanical engineering, Peter Tutzer has more than 35 years' experience in the automotive industry. Peter began his career at Porsche, where he was ultimately appointed as Chief Engineer for the company's race car programme. Peter then joined Pagani where he was responsible for the chassis, vehicle layout and packaging of the Pagani Zonda before joining Bugatti where he played an integral role in the engineering and development of the Bugatti Veyron. Responsible for the complete car layout - packaging and integration of chassis and aerodynamics - he also managed the complete car test and development programme. Peter has also held the role of Technical Director at Lotus Cars and, most recently, held the position of Chief Technical Officer at Thunder Power EV.
Nick Heidfeld confirms new role as Automobili Pininfarina Development Driver
Kickstarted by winning all major Junior Championships such as F3 and F3000, Nick Heidfeld now has an accumulated experience of 20 years in top-level Motorsport. This includes a successful Formula One Career spreading over 183 races, class wins at the famous 24h of Le Mans sportscar-race and the unprecedented achievement of podium appearances in four different race categories at the illustrious Monaco Grand Prix. He has been part of the all-electric Formula E Championship since its inception and has helped Mahindra Racing grow into a winning team over the last three seasons, prior to confirming his role as an integral member of the Automobili Pininfarina team.
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