Aston Martin is indeed taking powertrain technology (including engines, transmissions and electrification projects) very seriously as the British carmaker has tapped a man very well suited to the job of leading the development of these systems. Aston Martin has named Joerg Ross to one of its top positions, as Powertrain Chief Engineer.
Ross’ new role at Aston Martin makes him the man in charge of and responsible for the development of the carmaker engines, transmissions and electrification. Boasting more than 25 years of experience in the automotive industry, Ross’ previous post was at Maserati, where he served as the Italian carmaker’s chief of advanced powertrain development. He also had held senior management roles at German engineering IAV, Scuderia Ferrari F1 and Ford.
Born in Remscheid, Germany, Ross has a degree and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the RWTH Aachen University, Germany. He is fluent in a number of languages like German, English, and Italian. His appointment at Aston Martin follows the selection of Maximilian Szwaj, former chief of chassis and body engineering at Ferrari, as Chief Technical Officer and Vice President in December. Ross will be based at Aston Martin’s headquarters at Gaydon, Warwickshire.
Ross expressed delight in joining Aston Martin at what he called as an exciting time for the brand, especially when the British carmaker recently announced its first all-electric car, the RapidE. He added that he is excited in his new role in helping develop Aston Martin’s future vehicle strategy. Ross will be instrumental in the carmaker’s preparations for the new all-electric Aston Martin RapidE.
The Aston Martin RapidE started as the RapidE Concept which was unveiled in 2015. The carmaker has confirmed that the all-electric RapidE will enter production in 2019, thereby becoming the first ever Aston Martin to be completely devoid of an internal combustion engine. The newest addition to the Aston Martin family will be produced in partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering which also largely contributed to the RapidE Concept. Aston Martin has said the RapidE will have a range of more than 200 miles on a single charge and could sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 3 seconds.
As intended, the new Aston Martin RapidE will have the appearance of a four-door sports car and the dynamics of the Rapide S. Instead of the six-liter V12 engine, the RapidE will be powered by an all-electric powertrain. Aston Martin, however, hasn’t disclosed details on the power level of the new RapidE. The carmaker plans to produce only 155 limited versions of its first electric vehicle.