Aston Martin has hired its new chief engineer, Maximilian Szwaj, away from one its main rivals, Ferrari.
Szwaj will serve as Aston’s new vice president and chief technology officer, replacing Ian Minards in the leadership role. Minards has taken up a role with Dyson, which is planning on launching an electric car.
The former Ferrari technical boss has joined Aston at a crucial time, with the British automaker having just launched new DB11 grandtourer and signed a contract extension with Red Bull Racing. Its first hypercar, the AM-RB 001, will also arrive by 2019.
At Ferrari, Szwaj was in charge of innovation and body engineering and also worked with it Maserati sister brand. Prior to his time in Maranello, the veteran engineer held roles with both Porsche and BMW.