Former Ferrari designer and mechanical engineer Mauro Forghieri died at age 87 Wednesday.
The legendary designer followed his father's footsteps and joined Ferrari in 1959, according to a Formula 1 statement. He was named head of Ferrari's racing department at age 27, according to The Official Ferrari Magazine. He oversaw many championship-winning Ferraris from 1963-87.
Forghieri has been linked with Ferrari for nearly 40 years and is one of the most significant figures in the company's history, the brand said in a Facebook post. He won 54 Formula 1 races and 11 world championships, according to The Official Ferrari Magazine.
"We have lost a part of our history, a man who gave a great deal to Ferrari and to the world of racing in general," Ferrari Vice Chairman Piero Ferrari said in a statement.
Forghieri also was Lamborghini's F1 chief engineer, Bugatti's technical director and worked for Oral Engineering in Italy.
"He was a huge part of F1 and Ferrari and leaves behind an incredible legacy for all of us," Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali said in a Twitter post.