Car manufacturer board members are usually as exciting as the table they sit around discussing profit margins and shareholder behaviour. Not Ferdinand Piech, who passed away over the weekend aged 82, four years after leaving his role as chairman of the Volkswagen Group.
It’s reported he collapsed in a Bavarian restaurant before being taken to a nearby hospital, where he died “suddenly and unexpectedly” according to a statement released by his wife, Ursula.
He leaves a lasting legacy. The grandson of Porsche founder Ferdinand Porsche, Austrian-born Piech has been a colossus of the car industry for six decades, piloting the rise of the mighty VW Group empire from disorganised mess to market-dominating, money-spinning behemoth.
He leaves behind an extraordinary portfolio of cars from a vastly influential career, spanning everything from AWD rally cars to family hatches and 1000bhp hypercars. Here are just a few of Piech’s finest efforts…