Stefan Ellrott will answer to Wolfgang Dürheimer when he assumes the role
Jimi Beckwith
19 December 2016

Bugatti has appointed Stefan Ellrott as its new head of development, effective from the end of 2016.

He replaces Willi Netuschil, who has been head of development since 2012 and is retiring from his role. Ellrott leaves his current role as head of the geometry and function department at Volkswagen.

He was previously head of prototype management in VW’s technical development department, and before that he headed up development at Volkswagen Individual, which deals with bespoke VWs and special orders from customers, such as custom colours.

Netuschil is responsible for the Chiron, so it’s likely that the next hypercar project and Chiron variants will be the responsibility of Ellrott.

Bugatti boss Wolfgang Dürheimer said: “With Stefan Ellrott, we are welcoming to our ranks an experienced vehicle developer and engineer. We are very pleased to have secured his services for Bugatti and are looking forward to tackling our future projects together and shaping the future of our brand.”

It’s not yet known whether a second model will be added to the Bugatti line-up, but there is speculation around a four-door Bugatti coming to the range, as well as possible Chiron variants and editions, including successors to the Veyron Grand Sport and Veyron SuperSport.

Bugatti’s sales and marketing boss Stefan Brungs has already confirmed that a Chiron roadster is not planned.

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Bugatti Chiron

Bugatti originally brought us the Veyron and now has masterminded a 1487bhp, £2.5m masterpiece that's set to become the world's fastest production car

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