Dr Ulrich Eichhorn
Growing up in his family’s fuel station, later a car dealership, Uli spent time there when he should have been at school, but claims to have learned more. After studying mechanical engineering and also doing his doctorate at Darmstadt Technical University, he was hired by Ford as a Vehicle Dynamics Engineer.
Happily this was the period when Richard Parry-Jones had started to transform the way Fords drove and Uli rose quickly through the ranks. Finally poached by Volkswagen CEO Ferdinand Piëch, Uli was put in charge of VW Group research – ‘A fantastic playground for a creative engineer, but one where you also have to deliver the goods’ – and then as the Board Member for Engineering at Bentley. After the Dieselgate scandal he became the Volkswagen Group’s Chief Technical Officer for a number of years.
Uli does not only enjoy his own cars, but has great appreciation for any that really drive well, are well thought through and true to their character. His private garage includes numerous examples of these.
"In engineering, just like in most other disciplines, the concept defines the potential, but the detail execution determines the actual result – so you need to get them both right. Even genius does not replace diligence"
Breaking the ice record
Doing 200mph is one thing, but doing it on ice is quite another. Dr Ulrich Eichhorn recalls his part in one of the maddest record attempts ever
What’s in a name?
When it comes to cars, a series of protocols MI6 would be proud to decode. Just as well Dr Ulrich Eichhorn is here to unpick it all for you
Manufacturers usually try very hard to deter spy photographers. But sometimes they don’t try hard at all. Here’s why. By Dr Ulrich Eichhorn
The longest-lived engine of all
Former Bentley engineering boss Dr Ulrich Eichhorn recalls the rise, fall, rebirth and final retirement of the Rolls-Bentley V8, and how he turned it up to 11
The democratisation of fine handling
How a team from Ford in the 1990s changed the way its cars drove and, in time, many, many others too. Dr Ulrich Eichhorn was one of their number
The Continental GT and me
Twenty years ago the Continental GT transformed both Bentley and its market. Dr Ulrich Eichhorn remembers how a modern British icon was created