Fritz Enzinger (seen above right with LMP1 team principal Andreas Seidl) previously Head of LMP1 at Porsche, has been appointed VAG’s Head of Group Motorsport with effect from January 31, 2018.
In his new function, he will be responsible for the motorsports orientation and coordination of the Group brands. He succeeds Wolfgang Dürheimer.
As Head of Group Motorsport, Enzinger reports direct to the CEO of Volkswagen, Matthias Müller. Enzinger also retains his present function with Porsche, where he developed the Porsche LMP1 (Le Mans Prototype) team as a department of Porsche AG from November 2011 onwards.
Enzinger’s future tasks will include assessing the current portfolio of works commitments and customers’ sports programs in all disciplines and their long-term orientation.
That includes all VAG Brands including Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Lamborghini, SEAT, Skoda and Ducati
For this purpose, he will cooperate closely with the heads of motorsport of the various brands.
In addition, he will bundle the interests of the Volkswagen Group and its brands and represent them towards the international sports authorities.
His responsibilities will also include organising the use of highly efficient internal combustion engines, hybrid solutions and pure electric powertrains in motorsports. The objective will be to align the programs in such a way that they reflect the individual positioning of the Group brands and allow each brand to demonstrate its individual strengths.
Matthias Müller: “I look forward to further successes of our brands in motorsports and wish Fritz Enzinger every success in his new, additional role. At the same time, I would like to express my sincere thanks to Wolfgang Dürheimer, who had held the position of Head of Group Motorsport since February 2011 and who pursued the implementation of our strategy in the motorsports programs of the brands consistently and very successfully.”
Fritz Enzinger: “Our activities in the World Endurance Championship were a good example of the way in which Group brands can spur each other on to peak performance and innovations when competing in the same series. Despite this intentionally competitive situation, there must be a central authority within the Group who can review and assess the commitments of all brands, identify synergies and safeguard the know-how which has been developed for the Group.”