Stefan Ellrott, a member of Bugatti’s executive board and head of technical development, will leave his post in February. He will move to Wolfsburg, where he will be the Chief Technical Officer for the Volkswagen brand’s compact cars.
While in Bugatti, Ellrott was involved in the development of the Divo, the Centodieci, the Chiron Pur Sport, and the record breaking Chiron Super Sport 300+.
“Over the past four years, my team and I have pushed the boundaries of what is technically feasible at Bugatti,” Ellrott said. “From a developer’s point of view, each one of the hyper sports cars has its unique challenges.”
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Ellrott joined Bugatti in 2016 and was named director of technical development in 2017, though he has had many roles within the Volkswagen empire since he first joined them in 1996.
“Working for Bugatti has been a dream come true for me,” Ellrott added. “Bugatti stands for technological superlatives, and is therefore a particularly special automotive brand for an engineer.”
He will be replaced by Gregor Gries, previous head of powertrain development at Bugatti, on an interim basis. Ellrott, meanwhile, said he is excited for his new challenge.
“I am looking forward to the new and completely different challenges that await me at Volkswagen, and I would like to thank them for the confidence they have placed in me as the future CTO for Compact Vehicles. I will always be a Bugatti enthusiast at heart.”