British automaker Aston Martin has appointed Joerg Ross as chief engineer of powertrain. In his position, Ross will be responsible for development of upcoming Aston Martin engines, transmissions and electrification. He will be based at the Aston Martin headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshir where he will be reporting to Max Szwaj, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, who was appointed late last year.

“We are delighted to welcome Joerg to the Aston Martin team. His considerable experience and knowledge will prove invaluable for the Engineering team as we prepare the business for the next generation of Aston Martin products,” said Szwaj.

Aston Martin appoints new chief engineer of powertrain

Joerg Ross was born in Remscheid, Germany and holds a PHD in Mechanical Engineering from the RWTH Aachen University, Germany. Prior to taking up his current position at Aston Martin, Ross served in Maserati as Head of Advanced Powertrain. He has over 25 years of experience working in the automotive industry and has held senior management positions at IAV, Scuderia Ferrari F1 and Ford before serving in Maserati.

Specifically, Ross will be the new lead for Aston Martin's first ever electric production car, the RapidE, which is set to be launched in 2019. Apart from the British marque's first electric vehicle, Ross is also set to develop next generation Aston Martin products, which means electrfication and hybrid powertrains will not be limited to the RapidE.