Ex Ferrari CEO Joins Chinese Car Manufacturer Silk FAW

Felissa Ferrari FAW

There’s been a big shift in the automotive industry over the past few years with some of the biggest names in the business moving to up-and-coming manufacturers. The first big shift was with Korean automaker Genesis recruiting designers from Bugatti and Bentley. Today, another such shift has taken place with ex-Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa joining Chinese manufacturer Silk-FAW.

Joining the team as a special advisor to the executive chairman and member of the senior advisory board, the announcement comes just weeks after the announcement of the Hongqi S9 hypercar. Felisa has been a part of the automotive industry for over 40 years, with in-depth knowledge and experience in high-performance luxury cars. He has spent the last 26 years of his career at Ferrari and served as the chief executive of the company between 2008 and 2016.

Hongqi S9

In a statement, Silk-FAW confirmed that Felisa will provide “oversight on all elements” of the company and will play a pivotal role in bringing the Hongqi S9 to the market. The Hongqi S9 features a turbocharged V8 engine and three electric motors that combine to produce 1,400 hp. Hongqi claims the car will be able to hit 100 km/h in just 1.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 400km/h.

 “We are delighted to welcome Amedeo Felisa to the SILK–FAW team,” executive chairman of Silk-FAW, Jonathan Krane, said. “Amedeo is one of the greatest automotive executives in the world and has a reputation for producing a portfolio of cars that have set the standard for performance, luxury, and design. His experience in Italy’s Motor Valley will be instrumental for the growth of our project.”

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