Fritz Indra splits his time between Detroit and Russelsheim, Germany, creating the powertrains that will drive General Motors' cars of the future. To relax, he drives his 1971 Intermeccanica - a fiery red convertible called Indra.
Director of GM's global advance powertrain development group.
Director of advance development at Adam Opel for cars and motorsports. Before joining Opel, I was chief engineer for engines at Audi.
German, English and a little French.
Just turned 60.
Married, two sons aged 29 and 27.
First job in the car business?
I joined BMW-Alpina, an independent BMW tuner, straight from technical university. I was there eight years.
What is parked in your garage?
You won't believe this, but it's an Indra! It's a red Italian sports convertible. The cars were built from 1971-1974 by Intermeccanica. My son and I spent 600 hours restoring it and improving the mechanics.
The Republic of Austria presented me with the Great Order of Merit in gold. But the most pleasing achievements are when my own ideas are copied by competitors.
I take a burning interest in everything that has to do with classical music.
What are you good at?
Having ideas that can be realized in production models.
Where do you get your best ideas?
Riding a bicycle. Cycling improves the blood circulation to the brain.
Do you work weekends?
Not often. If I worked twice as long I wouldn't have any more ideas. There is so much intuition in it. You cannot learn my profession. Either you have the basics from birth onward or you haven't. Staying longer in the office won't give you more creativity.
Any book about mechanics, watches or inventions.
Erin Brockovich, the new movie starring Julia Roberts.
French and Italian. Viennese food is fine but has too many calories.
The Aujourd'hui restaurant at the Four Seasons hotel in Boston.
Who is your best friend in the car business?
Gert Haack, chief correspondent of Auto Motor und Sport. I worked with him for eight years at Alpina.
What car do you wish you'd been able to work on?
What do people notice about you?
Good presenter, not always open minded.
What do you wish you had more of?
What do you do on an airplane?
Sleep, read. I don't work on planes. I just can't.
What is the next big thing in the auto business?
There will be no great revolutions. Millions of engineers have worked before us.
Do you have an idol?
Anyone in a position of the highest responsibility who behaves absolutely normally.
Do you have a motto?
Carrying on working as long as you have fun doing your job.