Apple poached the technical director of Porsche’s race car program earlier this year, Manager Magazin reported today, hiring a project manager who helped engineer the sports car company’s victorious return to the Le Mans endurance race.
Alexander Hitzinger is the latest auto specialist to be recruited by technology giant Apple as it explores building its own car.
Earlier this month, Apple urged regulators not to impose too many restrictions on developers of self-driving cars.
Hitzinger, an Automotive News Europe Rising Star in 2014, could not be reached for comment.
Porsche confirmed Hitzinger had left the company in the spring. Apple was not immediately available for comment.
Hitzinger helped Porsche, owned by Volkswagen, return to endurance racing and to develop the 919 hybrid sports car from scratch, much in the same way Apple is now looking into building its own vehicle.