Ford Engineer Receives Dynamicist of the Year Award
“This is truly a great honour and I am very pleased to receive this award on behalf of the entire Ford vehicle dynamics team,” said the 49-year-old engineer.
“Ford’s new medium, or C-car, platform is its most versatile yet: a range of family cars, MPVs, SUVs, electric vehicles and performance cars will all derive from it, for worldwide markets and with a remarkable degree of commonality between them. It can be a thankless task to serve so many masters, but on the evidence of the Focus and C-MAX, Jurgen has done a remarkable job,” said Graham Heeps, editor, Vehicle Dynamics International and member of the judging panel.
“Most car manufacturers concentrate on either vehicle dynamics performance or on quality and refinement,” Putzschler said. “The perfect combination of both attributes may be the key reason for the award. We could have decided to significantly increase refinement, quality impression and maturity and trade vehicle dynamics against it, but we decided to improve on both.”
The engineer is a true perfectionist when it comes to his job, having spent almost half his career behind the wheel of on Ford test vehicle or another. From Ford facilities in Germany and Belgium, to the famous Nurburgring circuit and lesser known roads in Wales and Essex in the UK, he goes to great lengths to help ensure Ford’s C-segment vehicles are not only comfortable, but also good to drive.