From 300 mph to three cylinders
After four years with Bugatti, engineer moves to something a little more sedate
Where do you go after being the engineer in charge of Bugattis that can touch the edges of 500 km/h and make more power than a locomotive? To be in charge of tech for compact cars, apparently, since that’s what’s happening to Bugatti’s current head of technical development.
“Over the past four years, my team and I have pushed the boundaries of what is technically feasible at Bugatti. From a developer’s point of view, each one of the hyper sports cars has its unique challenges,” explains Stefan Ellrott. That means 500 km/h top speeds, it means cars with nearly 1,600 hp, 16 cylinders, and more turbos than many modern compacts have pistons.
Ellrott has been with VW since 1996, moving to Bugatti in 2016. Now he’s becoming the CTO for compact vehicles at Volkswagen. That means instead of super sports, he’s looking at cars with as few as three cylinders and as little as just 59 hp.
Even though he might be working with 1/26th the number of ponies, Ellrott says he’s excited.
“Being part of the Bugatti family and working with a passionate team on highly emotive products has been and continues to be a defining experience that I will never forget,” says Stefan Ellrott. “However, 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.
Does this mean 16-cylinder VW Up!s? No, of course not. But it certainly bodes well for the next generation of VW compacts, including upcoming ID electric models, having “a Bugatti enthusiast at heart” in charge of their tech.