Pierre Terblanche, Royal Enfield design director, has parted ways with the Chennai based motorcycle manufacturer after a short stint of 20 months.
Pierre Terblanche, the motorcycle design stalwart, had joined Royal Enfield in November 2014 as the director of design. He had previously worked with Volkswagen, where he worked at their ‘Advanced Design Studio’ in Dusseldorf in Germany. He then joined Royal Enfield and was based out of company’s England office.
The 60-year old designer hails from South Africa and did his Masters in Transport Design from the Royal College of Art in London, to enhance his skills in automotive designing. He was born in 1958 and began his career in advertising with Young & Rubicam company in Cape Town handling Ford account.
As per reports, the exact reason behind him leaving the company is still unknown. The company refused to answer to any query related to this development. He has worked with the famous Massimo Tamburini, an iconic Italian motorcycle designer behind MV Augusta, Cagiva and Ducati. He has designed motorcycles like HyperMotard, Ducati Multistrada, X132 Hellcat Speedster to name a few.
Pierre’s most important design achievement was the Ducati 999, launched in July 2002 and was the successor to the multi world championship winning 916. He even designed the three universally acclaimed V12 concepts bikes, which won the Motorcycle Design Association Award for Best Design at the EICMA in Milan.
Royal Enfield Design Director Pierre Terblanche Quits
– He joined Royal Enfield in November 2014 and was based out of the company’s England office
– Appropriate reasons behind his departure from Royal Enfield are unknown
– Pierre has designed motorcycles like Ducati Multistrada, HyperMotard, X132 Hellcat Speedster to name a few