You never go that far: Pascal Zurlinden may have given up his position as Head of Factory Motorsport at Porsche, but he will remain connected to the German sports car manufacturer. The 39-year-old Frenchman has accepted a position as “Director of Performance Engineering” at Multimatic.
The connection to Porsche will remain as the new LMDh car will be built on a Multimatic chassis. Zurlinden is also making contact with Audi again, where he has already worked, because their LMDh cars will be built on the same platform.
Zurlinden had voluntarily given up the post of head of works programs at Porsche (Formula E and WEC). His role was not completely replaced, but spread over two shoulders. The Swiss Urs Kuratle has taken over the development of the LMDh car, the previous Abt technical director Florian Modlinger the management of the Formula E project.
Pascal Zurlinden is now joining the US automotive supplier, whose motorsport division operated under the name “Riley” until just a few years ago. Larry Holt, Head of Motorsport at Multimatic, says: “With Pascal [beim Start des LMDh-Projekts] worked together and competed against him.”
“He proved to be both an outstanding partner and a tough opponent when we raced the Ford GTs against the Porsche 911 RSRs. He is a top-class motorsport engineer with a strong intuitive feel for making the right racing decisions and has Excellent leadership under pressure. As a partner of Porsche, keeping Pascal on board can only help both companies.”
Zurlinden, who worked for Audi from 2008 and for Porsche from 2014, adds: “Of course, I’ve followed Multimatic’s activities in and outside of motorsport closely – both as a competitor and as a partner. It’s something very special for me and I’m looking forward to my new job.”
Porsche recently rolled out its LMDh cars. The first regular test is scheduled for January.