Fritz Indra is back home in Austria after more than 30 years working in the auto industry.
He retired from his post as GM Powertrain executive director of advanced engineering April 1, relocating from Rüsselsheim, Germany, to his native Vienna.
There he will spend his time traveling, bicycling, and driving his Intermeccanica Indra, a rare early-1970s Italian supercar that coincidentally has the same name as its owner.
Indra has fit the car with a five-speed automatic transmission and added one of his favorite engines – an inline 4.0-liter, six-cylinder he developed for the second-generation Opel Senator. Only a few hundred units of the engine were produced.
Indras first job in the auto industry was with specialty German manufacturer Alpina, where he worked in from 1971-1979. There he developed racing engines and created the famous B7 Turbo.
In 1979, Indra joined Audi, where his first project was the 200hp turbocharged five-cylinder engine for the original quattro. The engine was developed from the 170hp 5T engine in the Audi 200.
Indra joined General Motors in 1985 as head of advanced development at GMs German subsidiary Opel in Rüsselsheim. One of Indras first tasks was to develop the 150hp, 16-valve engine for the Opel Kadett GSi. He also was heavily involved in the development of GMs successful Ecotec engine line.