CEO Tobias Moers now has three important roles to fill.
It hasn't been a great few months for Aston Martin CEO Tobias Moers. In June, design director Miles Nurnberger left the luxury automaker to style Dacias and Ladas. And now, according to PistonHeads, we've learned that David King, head of Aston's special vehicles team is leaving after 26 years to go work for EV maker Fisker.
But the biggest loss to the company that makes the Valkyrie hypercar is chief engineer Matt Becker. PistonHeads notes that he was as adept at explaining vehicle dynamics as he was at demonstrating them. He'll be taking a role at another British automaker named McLaren. That's three big positions that need filling, so get your resume straight.
Becker has engineering in his blood. Father Roger Becker was the head of chassis development for Lotus, who brought Matt into the fold as a 16-year-old apprentice. The younger Becker worked for Lotus for 26 years, eventually becoming chief test and development driver. He ended up going to Aston Martin in 2015 to work on its new products.
Becker didn't work on the DB11, but he did have a hand in V8 and AMR versions, as well as the current Vantage and DBS Superleggera. His hands also graced the Valhalla and Valkyrie. But the DBX SUV was his baby. "It's easy to make a sports car handle like a sports car if you know what you're doing," he told PH back in 2019, "it's much harder to make something with the active systems of [the DBX] play nice and work together."
There's been no official statement yet, but we've emailed and will update if McLaren gets back to us. The rumor is that he'll start next year after a short vacation. Neither us nor PistonHeads know what role he might take.
We'd guess Becker would be going back to sports cars at McLaren, as there are no SUVs in sight, yet. On the other hand, as we write this we're questioning if that's the exact reason McLaren wanted him to defect. But we'll leave that thought to another day.