BMW hires Roberto Fedeli, Ferrari’s chief engineer

BMW hires Roberto Fedeli, Ferrari's chief engineer

BMW has hired Ferrari’s former technical director, Roberto Fedeli, for an as-yet unspecified role, the German automaker said today.

Fedeli will join the BMW Group in November, “but we currently can’t say what his role will be,” a BMW spokesman told Automotive News Europe.

A Ferrari spokesman said Fedeli left the sports car maker Sept. 13 and his resignation was not linked to the departure of Ferrari’s long-time chairman, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo. Fedeli quit before Montezemolo stepped down as Ferrari chairman, the spokesman said.

Fedeli joined Ferrari in 1988 and has been responsible for the engineering of all Ferrari cars since 2007. His most recent model is the limited production LaFerrari gasoline-electric hybrid supercar, the fastest road car built to date by the company.

At BMW, Fedeli is expected to use his expertise with the group’s M performance division or with Rolls-Royce, according to sources.

Fedeli’s duties at Ferrari have been taken up by the brand’s chief technological officer Michael Leiters, who joined the company from Porsche in January. Leiters held various roles at Porsche, including program manager for the Cayenne large luxury SUV.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne will add the Ferrari chairman role to his duties on Oct. 12. Fiat owns 90 percent of Ferrari.