British racing driver and McLaren’s Chief Test Driver Chris Goodwin has left his role in Woking to join Aston Martin.
Goodwin helped develop McLaren’s entire modern car range, including the P1, 720S, and more recently the Senna, while he provided his feedback in future models like the BP23 three-seater.
His job description in Aston Martin reads “Expert High Performance Test Driver”, and he’ll help develop new models like the Valkyrie hypercar, the DBX which is the brand’s first SUV, as well as an unnamed-yet mid-engined supercar.
Aston Martin has also announced the hiring of Simone Rizzuto, previously responsible for vehicle performance testing at Maserati and Alfa Romeo, as Chief Engineer of Vehicle Dynamics.
“I’m thrilled to have people of Chris and Simone’s calibre join Aston Martin’s already stellar engineering and dynamics team,” said Aston Martin's CEO Andy Palmer. “Their decision is a great endorsement of our future plans, while the skills and experience they bring is second to none.”