Winterkorn said research and development done at the supercar brands can benefit the entire company. Winterkorn told German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung that development in the upper segments undertaken by Lamborghini and Bugatti had been advantageous for all the brands.
He stated that Volkswagen's engineers had gained a lot of technical experience, including aerodynamics, fromt their work with Bugatti, stating A jumbo jet takes off at 250kmh, whereas a Bugatti remains safely on the ground at 400kmh.
Winterkorn, formerly hedd of Audi, which also placed him over Lamborghini, pointed out that the brand has enjoyed a four-fold increase' since Audi purchased it in 2001. He oversaw the final development of the Murcielago and Gallardo, and the Audi R8, which is based on the Gallardo.