Silk-FAW has announced that former Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa will join its advisory board to aid in pushing its local and global rollout of the Hongqi S electric supercar ahead. Felisa will be involved in setting global strategy for the company and provide oversight on all elements of the Chinese company’s business plan execution.
Before joining Silk-FAW, Felisa spent 26 years of his career on the board of Ferrari where he was responsible for many of the brand’s iconic models such as the F355, Enzo and 599 GTO. In total, he boasts over 40 years of experience in the high-performance and luxury automotive industry, having started his career at Alfa Romeo.
“We are delighted to welcome Amedeo Felisa to the Silk–FAW team,” said brand executive chairman Jonathan Krane. “Amedeo is one of the greatest automotive executives in the world and has a reputation for producing a portfolio of cars that have set the standard for both performance, luxury and design. His experience in Italy’s Motor Valley will be instrumental for the growth of our project.”
Amedeo Felisa stated, “I am very excited to join the Silk-FAW team. I have always had a passion for performance cars and welcome the chance to work with Silk–FAW to develop the next generation of high-performance luxury automobiles. Our investment into Italy’s Motor Valley will be a long-term contribution to the region. We are attracting the best engineering and automotive talent and by leveraging this team through the Hongqi S Series we will further develop the craftmanship and engineering capabilities for luxury product in China. As we build high-quality, ultra-luxury sports cars for both the China and Global markets, I look forward to working with the entire team.”
The brand’s proposed flagship product, the Silk-FAW Hongqi S9 EV hypercar, was unveiled at the Shanghai autoshow last month. No technical details have been published but the brand claims that it will reach a top speed of over 400 km/h and accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 1,9 seconds.