Ex-Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers is the new co-CEO of Swiss EV sports activities automotive startup Piech.
Mr Moers most lately led Aston Martin as CEO, having served as CEO at Mercedes-AMG between 2013 and 2020. He’ll be the co-CEO and the sole chief technical officer (CTO) at Piech.
He’ll work alongside Manfred Fitzgerald, who has beforehand labored at Lamborghini and, extra lately, Hyundai and Genesis. Mr Fitzgerald might be co-CEO and sole chairman of the board.
“With Manfred Fitzgerald and Tobias Moers, two established authorities from the refined and quickly evolving world of sports activities automobiles and automotive luxurious manufacturers be part of the Piëch staff,” mentioned Toni Piech, firm co-founder.
“Both have a confirmed and enviable monitor document on this section and possess in depth data, an adept sense of
easy methods to talk with unique prospects and a definite understanding of luxurious manufacturers.”
Piech is a younger firm, but it surely carries one in every of the most well-known names in motoring. That’s not by chance – Toni Piech is Ferdinand Piech’s son, and Ferdinand Porsche’s grandson.
The model’s first automotive is the Piech GT, which is a Porsche 911-sized electrical coupe packing three motors for a claimed 445kW of energy and a 100km/h dash time of lower than three seconds. Claimed kerb weight is 1800kg.
With batteries provided by Chinese firm Desten, the GT has a claimed vary of 500km and could be quick charged from zero to 80 per cent in simply eight minutes.
Piech isn’t planning to construct 10 automobiles and disappear. It’s aiming to start out manufacturing in 2024, and desires to construct 1200 automobiles in its first full 12 months. Europe, the USA, and China are its first goal markets.
Despite its trendy powertrain, the GT wears classically stunning physique panels. Mr Piech advised Forbes it’s designed to “reap the benefits of the newest expertise however protect conventional sports activities automotive traits like a low seating place, good weight distribution, good weight administration, a stiff chassis and a really direct sort of dealing with”.
The model additionally says its structure is scalable, opening the door for different autos to be developed with much less upfront funding because it grows.
Along with electrical energy, it has its eyes on hydrogen gasoline cells for future variants.