Son of a Belgian diplomat, Luc Donckerwolke lived in 13 different countries, from Peru where he was born, to Switzerland, where he completed his car design studies. A born traveler, the odometer of Donckerwolke's car piles up about 10,000km a month. Most of those kilometers are driven on weekends when he travels about 1,800km roundtrip from Lamborghini's headquarters of Sant'Agata Bolognese near Bologna to Budapest, Hungary, to visit his girlfriend. For a meeting at Lamborghini parent Audi, he prefers to drive the 1,230km back and forth to Ingolstadt, north of Munich, Germany.
Father of the most recent Lamborghini supercars - Lamborghini Murcielago coupe and roadster, the Gallardo Spyder - Donckerwolke says he has two design mentors: Hartmut Warkuss, former VW group head of design, and his current boss, Walter de' Silva, head of design for Audi brand group.
Name: Luc Donckerwolke.
Title: Lamborghini head of design.
Countries lived in: Peru, Burundi, Panama, Paraguay, Senegal, Rwanda, Bolivia, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic and Italy.
Family: Divorced; sons Ludovic, 10, and Quentin, 7.
Education: Degree in transportation design from the Art College of Design (Europe) in La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland, 1991; degree in electromechanical engineering from ECAM engineering school in Brussels in 1988.
First car: a Toyota Hilux pickup, a very popular means of transportation in Rwanda.
What is in your garage now? A perfectly running Lamborghini Espada, an Audi A6 and Audi TT coupe, and a Lamborghini 350 GT that I am restoring.
What is your dream car? A Lamborghini Miura. Every time I drive one, I realize I still have a lot to learn to properly drive such a sports car.
Where do you get your best ideas? After I understand the problem, I need to get away from the office. Then the solution comes to me.
What do you dislike about your job? Mobile phones and people who worked with me for a short time and then say they are car designers, too.
Do you have a hero? I always wanted to be Superman. And since I was a kid, I have really loved cartoon racecar driver Michel Vaillant.
If you could meet any figures from history who would they be? Peter Ustinov, a man with a phenomenal international culture, and Paul N. "Red" Adair, the legendary specialist in extinguishing oilwell fires.
What personal things do you have in your office? A sculpture of Michel Vaillant jumping into his racecar at the start of a 24 Hours of Le Mans in the '50s.
What do you do to relax? I change atmospheres by driving far away from home. I seek out culture shocks.
What do you dislike about yourself? I have not learned how to enjoy the small pleasures of daily life.
What is your most treasured possession? Pictures of my childhood from the many different countries I have lived in.
When are you not at your best? When I compromise my principles to please someone.
How would you describe yourself to others? As someone who is lucky enough to have his hobby as his job.
What talent would you most like to have? To be comfortable in society.
If you were to choose an alternative career what would it be? Volcanologist.
Which cars have you personally designed? The Audi AL2 concept car, the A2 production car, the RDX Le Mans racecar, the first-generation Skoda Octavia and Fabia, and the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder and Murcielago coupe and roadster.
Which cars would you like to have designed? The first-generation Porsche 911, the Fiat 500 and the Lamborghini Miura.
Which cars are you happy that you didn't design? The Citroen Saxo and the Peugeot 106, which are examples of bad badge engineering because they had many different parts, but still looked too similar; and the face-lifted Fiat Multipla because it betrays the cleanness of the original design.