We’ve talked about Lamborghini CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, quite a bit lately with all of the Huracan and Urus news lately. According to Autocar, Winkelmann, who’s been working with Lamborghini for over a decade now, is leaving the Italian firm to go to Audi’s Quattro GmbH. Winkelmann oversaw the release of many new Lamborghini products, such as the Gallardo, Aventador and Huracan, as well as one-offs like the Sesto Elemento and Egoista. So it will be sad to see him go, but it’s good that he will be staying within the Volkswagen Group.
There are reports that Winkelmann’s successor will be Stefano Domenicali, who formerly worked for Ferrari’s Formula One team from 2007-2014. Interestingly enough, Domenicali was actually already employed by Audi before the announcement of Winkelmann’s leave. Domenicali’s employment at Audi was one of the things that sprung rumors about Audi entering F1.
Winkelmann’s move to Audi’s Quattro could actually spring some much needed excitement into the Audi Quattro products. Things like the Audi R8 and RS models could get some Lamborghini flair and excitement with Winkelmann’s help. And that could be exactly what Audi’s Quattro needs.