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Drawing from decades of engineering experience at Maserati, Ford and other automotive firms, Joerg Ross will be in charge of powertrain development at Aston Martin.

Aston Martin has hired former Ferrari and Maserati powertrain head Joerg Ross to lead its engine, transmission and electrification efforts.

Ross will reportedly report to another former Ferrari manager, Maximilian Szwaj, who joined Aston Martin late last year as head of research and development.

"I'm delighted to be joining Aston Martin at what is an exciting time for the brand," Ross said in a statement posted by Motor Authority. "The company is at a significant point in its history, with the recent announcement of its first all-electric car, the RapidE."

The automaker recently shifted its EV strategy after China's LeEco -- a troubled company affiliated with Faraday Future -- backed out of a development partnership agreement. The British marque has vowed to move forward on the RapidE EV without outside help, requiring more development capital and in-house engineering.

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The company is hoping to bring the limited-edition RapidE to market by 2019, with a starting price around $255,000.