Luc Donckerwolke, the designer who publicly shamed the concept as a blatant Bentley Flying Spur knock off is no longer Director of Design at Bentley.
When Donckerwolke saw teaser pics of the Continental, he couldn’t keep his thoughts to himself and headed straight to the internet, where he called Lincoln out on the similarities. Back in March, he wrote, “I would have called it Flying Spur concept and kept the four round lights,” in a Facebook post on his own page. Donckerwolke even went onto the Facebook page of Lincoln chief designer David Woodhouse to comment, “Do you want us to send the product tooling?” The comment was immediately taken down.
In a follow-up interview with Car Design News, Donckerwolke claimed that Lincoln’s move is “not respectable” and building such a ‘copy’ is giving a bad name to the car design industry.
Check out the two cars below for yourself.
No exact reason is known for Donckerwolke’s departure, but Bentley says he “decided to leave the business” and Bentley parent Volkswagen.
Bugatti chief executive Wolfgang Durheimer said, “I would like to thank Luc Donckerwolke for the significant contribution he has made in his nearly three years at Bentley, overseeing the continuation of a very successful period, and I wish him all the very best for the future.”
He’ll be succeeded by Stefan Sielaff, who is currently Head of Volkswagen Group Interior Design and Design Director at Volkswagen Design Center Potsdam.
Discussing Sielaff’s appointment, Durheimer commented “Bentley is entering one of the most important phases in the company’s history, with significant plans for new models. With his experience, creative vision and passion for the Bentley brand Stefan Sielaff is perfectly placed to lead the design of our future models.”
Meanwhile, Ford is poised to bring back the Continental after a 13 year hiatus. It will drop the MKS name of currently used on Lincoln’s top model and show a completely new look. A production version of the concept, with an exclusive 3.0 liter EcoBoost engine, will be available next year. The automaker isn’t messing around with the technology either. The vehicle will be able to sense your approach and even light up to greet you.