BMW confirms the recruitment of a top engineer from Mercedes AMG image

Mercedes’ AMG high performance division is losing engineers to rivals BMW and Volkswagen.

Less than three weeks after Friedrich “Fritz” Eichler, AMG’s former head of engines and powertrains, left Mercedes to work for Volkswagen, Arnd Meyer, AMG’s key chassis engineer, joined BMW’s M division.

Following a report from Autocar quoting unnamed sources from AMG as saying Meyer was hired by BMW M, we contacted BMW for confirmation. „We confirm that Arnd Meyer is in charge of chassis, powertrain, electrics and electronics development at BMW M. He took over his new role on 1 January,” BMW spokesman Benjamin Titz told us via e-mail.

Although an AMG spokesperson suggested to Autocar that a contractual agreement is in place preventing Meyer from taking up the position at BMW M, according to BMW’s spokesman the former AMG engineer has already started work in Munich on January 1.

Arnd Meyer was responsible for the chassis engineering of all new AMG models, including the new SLS AMG Black Series and the upcoming SLS Electric Drive. VW’s Friedrich Eichler is credited for developing the latest line of high performance petrol engines and the upcoming turbocharged four-cylinder engine which will power the all-wheel-drive A45 AMG and CLA45 AMG models.