Not sure what Bentley is up to these days, but they just hired Luc Donckerwolke, a former Lamborghini designer who has cars like Gallardo and Murcielago to his name. He has also worked for Audi, where he penned the A2. He’s now moving to Crewe to succeed Dirk van Braeckel, who is now heading to Volkswagen.
So it’s a family trade inside VW Group. Bentley, Lamborghini and Audi are all owned by Volkswagen. By switching designers between brands they keep things fresh and keep new ideas flowing.
Luc’s career began with Peugeot in 1990, before joining Audi in 1992. The German’s acquisition of Italian car maker Lamborghini was a great opportunity for him, as he got to work on some award-winning super cars. He has also worked on a number of SEAT and Skoda models.
Donckerwolke and van Braeckel both work under VW head of design Walter de Silva.
Walter de Silva said: “Luc Donckerwolke brings a wealth of design talent to Bentley. His extensive experience makes him the ideal person to take forward Bentley’s future design language, at a time when the company has significant plans for new models.” “I would like to thank Dirk van Braeckel for the significant contribution he has made to Bentley. He has overseen the evolution of the Bentley brand and the development of the new generation Continental family and the flagship Mulsanne. I look forward to him joining the team at Volkswagen Group design.”