Stephan Winkelmann to Step Down as Lamborghini CEO After 10 Years
Lamborghini boss moves to run Audi's Quattro division.
Stephan Winkelmann will step down as CEO of Lamborghini after ten years helming the Italian exotic-car maker. According to reports from Europe, his successor is Stefano Domenicali, the former Ferrari Formula 1 team manager who joined Audi in 2014.
Winkelmann will remain within the Volkswagen Group family, and will now run Audi's Quattro division in Neckarsulm, Germany. He replaces Heinz Hollerweger, who is retiring from that role. The 51-year-old Winkelmann started his automotive career at Mercedes-Benz before working for Fiat Auto from 1994 to 2004. In January 2005, he was appointed president and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. He is credited with growing the brand's sales and reach worldwide over the past decade.
Winkelmann's replacement, Domenicali, officially worked on Audi's new mobility systems since joining the company more than a year ago. Unofficially, he was intended to oversee Audi's F1 efforts which the company planned to kick off when Audi joined the F1 fray in sync with the next round of rules changes slated presently for the series in 2017. Although Audi has been mum on the possibility of an F1 team in the wake of the "dieselgate" emissions scandal, Domenicali is believed to remain Audi's key liaison with world motorsport's FIA sanctioning body. The positions of Audi F1 engineering director and team manager, incidentally, have yet to be filled.
Audi is widely expected to enter Formula 1 in 2018, the season after new rules take effect, possibly in partnership with Red Bull Racing. At that time, Audi may also cease its other racing operations, including its DTM German touringcar and Le Mans Prototype programs, to focus its efforts on F1