Apple has hired all sorts of people in its quest to break into the automobile market. It's poached employees from companies like Aston Martin and BMW, and now, it looks like we can add Porsche to the list.
Alex Hitizinger, one of the lead designers for Porsche's 919 Hybrid Le Mans race car, has left the company to join Apple. As explains, German-language broke the story today that Hitizinger parted ways with Porsche's race team in 2015. He recently joinrf an unspecified technology company as an engineering executive, according to . That company, the German business magazine concludes, is Apple.
Manager Magazin quotes Hitizinger saying he wanted to do something "which has a significant and direct impact on society," though he avoided mentioning his new employer's name.
Hitizinger was the technical director for Porsche's LMP1 team from 2011 up until his departure in April of this year. He helped Porsche secure its first Le Mans victory in 17 years in 2015, breaking Audi's five-year winning streak. Prior that, he worked as Technical Director for the Toro Rosso F1 team, and as Head of F1 Development for Cosworth.
Hitizinger's expertise—while unrelated to passenger cars—could come in handy for Apple as it attempts to break into the car industry.