Bugatti's Head Exterior Designer Is Going to Hyundai's Luxury Brand
(NOTE: THIS IS A COPY AND PASTE ARTICLE FROM ROADANDTRACK.COM)
Bugatti designer and big Metallica fan Alexander 'Sasha' Selipanov recently left the company, but didn't say where he'd end up next. We'd thought it would be another supercar maker, but we were very wrong: Selipanov is joining Hyundai's new Genesis luxury brand.
He went to the Art College of Design in California, and moved to Germany when he was hired by Volkswagen after he graduated. After working on various VW products, he joined Lamborghini in 2010, just in time for the Huracan. At Bugatti, his first major project as Head of Exterior Design was the Vision Gran Turismo Concept, the car previewing the Chiron.
What you see above is Selipanov's original design for the Chiron's front. While the giant front intakes didn't fly with the board, the rest of his ideas were pretty much bang on when they had to cook up the Veyron's successor. Let's hope he will be equally good at dreaming up European-inspired Korean luxury.
Alexander Selipanov - Genesis
The world's most famous Georgian-born car designer will report directly to Genesis design boss Luc Donckerwolke (who also worked at the VW Group at Lamborghini and Bentley) starting in January, and had this to say about his new gig:
"I am sincerely excited about this opportunity, because it will be a new chapter in my career. As I have been working with well-established brands so far, Genesis is a new and refreshing challenge to me. In addition, I am also honored to join this exciting journey, as it is a very rare chance to launch a luxury automotive brand and be part of its history. With growing expectations and curiosity around Genesis, I cannot wait to contribute my expertise and passion to the brand."
His team will have to come up with more cars than at Bugatti, that's for sure.
Bugatti's design team at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show: Frank Heyl, Achim Anscheidt, Alexander Selipanov and Etienne Salomé. Máté Petrány/Road&Track