About half of Italdesign’s nearly 1,000 workforce is employed in the engineering department, which is the company’s true core-business, representing approximately 68% of turnover.
In the past year, Italdesign has worked on about fifteen major engineering development projects simultaneously for some of the world’s most important OEMs.
In recent years, Italdesign has partnered Audi in the engineering development of the Q2 project.
A reciprocal and fruitful working relationship has been established between Moncalieri and Ingolstadt regarding the engineering development of the Q2: from concept development, to styling feasibility studies; from defining styling surfaces to upper body development, both for the exteriors and interiors — also dealing with aerodynamics, passenger compartment climate control and engine cooling; from electrical and electronic integration, to passive safety up to testing and validation, both physical and virtual, and evaluation of the car’s static and dynamic performance.
Italdesign will also provide support to Audi after production has started.
The Nichelino plant, located a few kilometres from the Moncalieri headquarters, assembled more than seventy prototypes, necessary to validate the project and perform all tests required under international certification and rating standards.
The Nichelino plant is able to assemble over 500 bodies-in-white and more than 200 running pre-series prototypes per year.