Teo’s favourite word is ‘impossible’ and he absolutely loves it when people use it to describe any of his undertakings. What he enjoys even more, however, is proving them wrong. His character ain’t easy to depict, though you can’t go wrong by saying that he is a serial entrepreneur and a talent enabler. In all of his ventures, Teodosiy has always sought to empower the passionate, driven and gifted individuals, regardless of their social, academic and professional backgrounds. He believes that this is the only way to ‘hack the system’ and achieve what has previously been seen as impossible.
It should come as no surprise then that Teo’s favourite quote is by Margaret Mead and goes like this: ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.’ And it almost feels as these words have been used as the very blueprint on which Teodosy has created Kinetik Automotive. Because behind the captivating name and the beautiful logo, there is a small group of considerate and highly driven people who are literally changing the world of motoring.
If the character of Dexter out of Dexter’s Laboratory has a real-life equivalent, that may as well have been Ivan. He is our Chief Technology Officer and most of his time is dedicated to parametric modelling. What this means is that he is exclusively responsible for almost all 3D printed parts created at Kinetik Automotive. Before joining our team, however, he was involved in all matters of exciting projects, most of which he had thought of and realised himself.
From a very early age, he’s had keen interests in a series of fields amongst which robotics, aeromodelling, electrical engineering and pyrotechnics. By the age of 13 he had already made an electric conversion on his bike, created a 3D model of a CNC machine, a working jet engine and built a Tesla coil to listen to music on. And as if that wasn’t enough of a resume, Ivan has experience programming in multiple languages! Currently, he spends his free time building a large music recording studio, playing the piano and restoring his classic cars.
Dani is a great example of why you should never give up on your dreams. Ever since he finished school he has done everything in his power in the hope of becoming a car designer. The automotive industry, however, is an extremely competitive field where often hard work and dedication alone just are not enough. By a pure stroke of luck though Dani found himself in Bulgaria visiting his girlfriend’s parents when the COVID 19 lockdown happened. Realising that he won’t be able to leave the country for quite some time he went on the internet in search of a job. Within five minutes he found the Kinetik Automotive website and the rest is history.
Dani literally lives and breathes design and is constantly looking to make products more user-friendly. He defines himself not as an artist, but as an industrial designer who loves cars and for him, function should always come before form. He believes that vehicles need to serve a purpose but also create memorable experiences.
Describing a person with just a single word is a tough task, though that isn’t the case with Anton. He is an innovator by heart. And you don’t even need to have spent much time with him to know that. It is plain obvious. He has an incredible drive to create and introduce technologies that would help people have better, longer and happier lives. His enthusiasm is incredibly infectious which is one of the reasons why we love working with him so much.
At Kinetik Automotive, Anton is our Project Manager and Electromechanical Engineer. He makes sure that the workload is distributed evenly and efficiently within the team and that all projects are moving according to plan. Apart from that, he is also accountable for most of the electrical work done on the car’s drivetrain. Moreover, he is also responsible for coordinating our network of partners and suppliers. So if you happen to be one of them, you are most probably talking to Anton.
Mitko is an intern at Kinetik Automotive and even though he’s only been with us for a short amount of time he has already proven himself as a valuable asset and a great team player. Thanks to his hard work and dedication he has earned our trust and is now the lead designer on not one, but two different projects. Moreover, just like the rest of us, Mitko wears many hats. Apart from sketching and designing he is also the man behind many of the detailed parametric 3D models that we use for printing.
Despite growing up in the computer age, Mitko has managed to find the balance between digital and analogue in his work. He believes that the latter offers more flexibility and virtually unlimited possibilities when trying to communicate an idea. Despite that, he admits that the speed and feel of doodling on paper are still unmatched by any digital tool he has ever gotten his hands on. When it comes to inspiration, Mitko has an appreciation for automotive designs from all eras, though he is most fascinated by the 1960s in America, when creativity, optimism and inspiration were off the scale and cars definitely reflected that.
Gerard was born in a small village in the Netherlands and up to this day has been struggling to grow a full beard. But don’t be fooled to think that the man has no interesting stories to tell. In fact, there are plenty of them considering that he has cycled through Turkey, Iran, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iceland, USA, Russia and Mongolia and has studied and worked in France, Switzerland, The Czech Republic, USA and The Netherlands. Gerard is also a passionate climber, the founder of the Clean Climber foundation and the inventor of a unique product currently going by the name of Edelrid Balance.
And whenever Gerard hasn’t been on his crazy adventures, he’s been taking part in the development of exciting projects such as Ten Kate Racing, Mission Motors, Trefecta, Suter Racing Technology, Gordon Muray T25 and many others. With a masters degree in automotive engineering and such extensive experience in the field, it is no wonder that we wanted to bring him on board. Thus, after several months of remote collaboration, Gerard made his way to our HQ in Varna and became part of our team.
A telecom engineer, manufacturing engineer and an embedded systems programmer. This is Ivan Nikolaev - an old friend of the Kinetik Automotive family and since mid-2020 a full-time member of our team. His wide engineering background, multipotentiality and great sense of humour make him a valuable asset and an amazing colleague to work with.
If asked about his favourite leisure activities Ivan is most probably going to mention playing computer games and watching movies. But most of all he loves taking things apart to find out how they work and eventually put them back together. Keeping that in mind it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he is also a firm believer in fixing things rather than buying replacements.
Ivan grew up around his father’s car repair shop, which is where his love for cars comes from. To pursue his passion for designing vehicles he travelled to Austria to study automotive engineering. While at university he became friends with a car collector who happened to have a large number of classic rally cars, which as you could probably imagine, sparked Ivan’s interest in rallying and vintage car racing. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, that his favourite car is the Group B Lancia Delta Integrale HF.
Ivan is a very goal-oriented person, who doesn’t quit easily and likes to think that everything is possible, as long as you are ready to put enough time and effort into it. A mindset that we very much appreciate as it is the very backbone of our team. Outside of work Ivan likes to spend time with friends and to get out in nature.
From a very young age, Petar was fascinated by technology and wanted to learn more about what made different gadgets work. As he grew up his passion shifted more towards cars which is why he enrolled in a mechanical engineering course at the Ruhr-University Bochum. During his time in Germany, Petar's creative side got the better of him and he developed an interest in photography and videography. So alongside studying for his degree he started shooting car and music videos in his free time.
So how did Petar find us? Well after completing his internship at Mercedes Benz, he decided that he wanted to work at a smaller company and within a team where he would be pushing the boundaries on a daily basis. And while browsing Instagram of all places he landed on our page. Having seen our projects and our methodologies, he decided that Kinetik was the right place for him. From there it was a simple matter of exchanging a few messages and arranging a meeting with our CEO.