No one builds an Aston Martin on their own

 

Chief Technology Officer Roberto Fedeli joined Aston Martin in June 2022, bringing with him a wealth of experience from some of the biggest names in automotive luxury and performance. During his long stint at Ferrari, he was Head of Development when sports cars like the 550, 360, and 458 were created, and also worked closely on the LaFerrari project. His subsequent spell at Alfa Romeo saw him contribute to the acclaimed Giulia and the Stelvio SEO. 

 

Fedeli trained at the University of Pisa, receiving a master’s degree in aerospace engineering. As well his quarter of a century at Ferrari, and his time at Alfa, Fedeli has also worked at BMW and Maserati. Enthusiastic about innovation, and also the process of designing, developing, and making cars, Fedeli speaks with passion about the challenges and the creative opportunities that Aston Martin faces today. 

“I actually feel like I’ve been here for much longer,” he says, when asked about his first few months in the job. “I feel very at home. Aston Martin is very focused on the product, it’s the central core of the business, which is something I understand well.” He acknowledges that although Aston Martin may not be the first to market with a PHEV or BEV model, “what we have to do is create our interpretation of these technologies. These will be cars that are fun to drive, with pure performance, whether touring or on the track. We need to explore these different interpretations – that’s where the innovation lies.” 

 

Valhalla is a very important model for Aston Martin, says CTO Roberto Fedeli;  a hypercar with the usability of a luxury GT, “it will be the start of a new era”

 

Fedeli says that Vantage is his favourite current model. “I love the design. It’s one of the most important characteristics of that car, but the design has to be a perfect match with its other qualities. If you take Vantage’s characteristics in isolation, it won’t explain the appeal of the car.” 

 

The engineer summarises his current to-do list as consisting of three important steps. “The first is to evolve our current models and take them forward with new technologies. The second step is epitomised by Valhalla. This is a very important model for us.” Aston Martin’s first series production hybrid, Valhalla is a hypercar with the usability of a luxury GT. “Of course, it’s inspired by Valkyrie, but it will be more ‘normal’ in the sense that you can use it to go to the supermarket as well as enjoy it on the track,” Fedeli says. “It will be the start of a new era.” 

 

The final step is Aston Martin’s first electric car. Fedeli won’t be drawn on the precise make-up of any forthcoming BEV models, beyond reiterating that they will arrive some time towards the end of 2025. “This will be a breakthrough change,” he says. “We will have a new architecture and platform with new dynamic characteristics, yet they will be instantly recognisable as true Aston Martins.” 

 

Fedeli’s life-long involvement with  the automotive industry gives him  not only deep insight but also a clear overview of the future

 

Above all, Fedeli says that his longstanding involvement with the motor industry gives him a unique and invigorating sense of future developments. “In my experience, it is very important that the people who are working on new cars are enjoying themselves,” he says. “If you see them happy and working with a positive energy, there is a 99.99% chance that the final product will positively reflect the effort that has been put into it.” And at Aston Martin? “I can see that people are smiling,” he says. The future looks bright.

 

This story is an extract from an article featured in the AMXX issue of Aston Martin magazine, out now. If you're not already a subscriber, visit magazine.astonmartin.com/magazine-subscription so that you can read the full story.

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