VW Chief Designer de Silva took on this responsibility on 1st February, 2007, and is responsible for the design of all Group brands. Prior to that, the Italian designer was in charge of Audi Group design which included Audi, Lamborghini and SEAT brands.
Back in 2010, he received the Design Prize of the Federal Republic of Germany (highest official distinction awarded for design in Germany) for the design of the Audi A5. Last week the iconic automobile designer took centre stage with Stephan Winkelmann for the unveiling of Lamborghini Egoista concept car that gets power from a 5.2-liter V10 engine capable of 600hp. Walter De Silva created they single seat vehicle, while Stefan Sielaff was in charge of interioirs, and Alessandro Dambrosio oversaw exterior details.
Walter De Silva said, “The cockpit, made completely of carbon fiber and aluminum, represents a sort of survival cell, allowing the driver to isolate and protect themselves from external elements.” “We kept an eye on the future when designing the Egoista, with the idea that its cockpit could have been taken from a jet aircraft and integrated into a road vehicle, to provide a different travel option.”
In a letter sent across to him, Bavarian State Minister of Federal and European Affairs Emilia Müller wrote that de Silva had “changed the form language and design culture of Germany as a vehicle designer,” and praised his “outstanding achievement with the world-class company Audi.” The letter adds, “Your professional career shows how European the biographies of the top people in industry, culture and the creative sector have become and what potential there is in mutual interaction between the various corporate and creative cultures in Europe,” “As an Italian citizen, you are at home in both worlds, and especially also in Bavaria.” Walter Maria de Silva said, “I am very pleased about this honor. It reminds me of the most beautiful car I ever designed – the Audi A5 Coupe.”