Ferdinand Piech is known as an excellent driver, and he would order his top managers to accompany him on grueling test drives of new vehicles. He held at least four a year - on ice, in the desert, on the track and through mountains.
Proximity to the boss, either in his car or behind, signaled company hierarchy.
Company doctors would follow the pack. Their biggest worry was not accidents but heart attacks, physical collapses or dehydration. Piech pressed on, with little regard for rest or sanitary stops. He could go all day without even a lunch break.