I’m sure you remember Luc Donckerwolcke … the car designer that created the Lamborghini Murciélago at the age of 36, later followed by the Roadster version and naturally the very successful Gallardo we still have around today … all developed under the supervision of Mr Donckerwolcke, either as a designer and later as the director of the Centro Stile Lamborghini.
In 2011 Luc Donckerwolcke became the Head of Advanced Design for the Volkswagen Group … and now we learn Luc is making another hop to add to his already very impressive cv … Luc becomes the new Director of Design for Bentley, replacing Dirk van Braeckel.
By the way, Dirk can Braekel was born in Deinze, Belgium … and Luc Donckerwolcke happens to be Belgian too, sure he was raised in Peru as his father was a diplomat over there. Luc Donckerwolcke got an engineering degree that was followed by a design degree that opened the doors at Peugeot for his first job.
In 1992 Luc changed jobs and at Audi AG he was able to design the beautiful Audi A4 Avant, later on he was put in charge of designs for Skoda which resulted in the Fabia and the Octavia, both very successful models … back to Audi where the aluminum A2 was designed by Luc and the impressive R8 LeMans racer following the line. Note the 1998 Paris Auto Show prototype on the Audi stand was also from the hand of Luc Donckerwolcke … during the French auto show Luc was asked if he would be interested in making the move the Automobili Lamborghini to develop the Diablo successor … which became the amazing Murciélago.
The final concept created when Donckerwolcke worked for Lamborghini was the stunning looking Concept S, which as we all know resulted in the beautiful Gallardo Spyder, which happened to be unveiled on September 12. 2005 … only three days before Luc Donckerwolcke left his position at Lamborghini to become the new Director of Design for Seat.
So now new challenges await Luc at Bentley, perhaps not as exotic as a Lamborghini, but a very high end make too, and with the new Bentley SUV seen in Geneva and talk about a high performance Bentley super car in the specialized magazines we might be seeing a low slung, exotic Bentley in the near future … if the previous cars designed by Luc Donckerwolcke are a taste of things to come I’m sure we’ll be seeing some amazing looking luxury super cars from the UK in the near future.