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High-tech super cars stay up to speed thanks to master technicians like Mickael Lagrange
Today's automotive industry is reeling from a shortage of qualified, capable professionals. In the U.S., and in North America as a whole, it's not uncommon for there to be only a single individual handling every repair on a given make and model of an ultra high-end car. Master technician Mickael Lagrange is routinely entrusted with some of the most exotic cars ever built. Years of working for the most illustrious auto manufacturers in the world — including Porsche and Lamborghini — have made him a rare and valuable asset to the industry as a whole.

As a boy, Lagrange would spend countless hours tinkering with bicycles and electric scooters, and he taught himself what each and every piece was, what each did and how each piece worked together to create something that was more than the sum of its parts. When the time came for Lagrange to decide on a career path there was no doubt in his mind about what he wanted to spend his life doing.

The moment he started working at Porsche, Lagrange immediately began absorbing everything there was to know about these unbelievably complex works of art and engineering. The company saw huge potential in Lagrange, whose expertise had always been years ahead of his age. Impressed with their new star mechanic, Porsche offered to train Lagrange to work on the company's most premiere sports cars. Naturally, he accepted without hesitation.

"I've been passionate about this brand since I was a kid," he recalled excitedly. "I was passionate about the brand, the cars and the technology. I completed all the internal trainings provided at Porsche, both in France and at the factory in Germany. I passed the company's exams and became one of the top 4 Gold Technicians in France."

The intricate engineering under the hoods of today's supercars grows vastly more complex every year. In order to maintain his Gold-level master technician status – the highest level that exists at Porsche – Lagrange must pass a series of rigorous examinations every three years. As one of the top 4 technicians in all of France, this astoundingly complicated science is second nature to Lagrange. He is such a renowned expert, in fact, that he was once called upon by the police to assist in a case that was beyond the technical capabilities of the investigators.

"The police had suspicions about a Porsche Cayenne Turbo, and they thought the owner was carrying drugs into France from a bordering country. They summoned me to help their technician dismantle the car, and I told them everywhere the owner could possibly hide drugs," said Lagrange, whose thorough knowledge of the car in question may well have gotten an innocent suspect off the hook. "We spent the day dismantling the car and inspecting everything, but we didn't find anything. I don't know how the case ends."

Because of his unmatched comprehensive understanding of their full range of cars, Porsche has turned to Lagrange to help train their next generation of technicians. Those who have the privilege of training under Lagrange are given the best education available to aspiring master technicians. One of those who learned much of what he knows from Lagrange is Arnaud Anjollini.

"I had the opportunity to work with Mickael for three years for Porsche, during which Mickael was my master of learning. Mickael showed me a new vision of the automotive world, like no other," Anjollini said, describing the influence Lagrange had upon him and his path in life. "Mickael is a patient man, a perfectionist, and passionate about his work — qualities that he gave me during my three years of learning from him."

Lagrange's work on high-tech supercars is hardly limited to Porsche. After 17 years of experience under his belt at the company, he received an offer to he couldn't refuse and decided to make a change. In 2017 Lagrange joined the ranks of world-class technicians at supercar manufacturer Lamborghini. His current position with the world-renowned supercar manufacturer is in some ways significantly different from his role at Porsche. But despite their differences both are exquisitely engineered luxury cars, and everything Lagrange had learned through years of training and experience at Porsche made him perfect for the position with Lamborghini.

"There is a lot of similarity between Porsche and Lamborghini. Both are very high-end sports cars and luxury cars. But Lamborghinis are a level above Porsches. Porsche's supercar models are like the classic models from Lamborghini," Lagrange described. "Lamborghini's cars are rarer, more powerful, more technically-advanced — and much more expensive. It's necessary to be more pointed and more attentive when working on a Lamborghini."

Lagrange has led extensive work projects on the company's full catalog of dream cars, including the legendary Centenario. Valued at well over $2 million, the Centenario can reach a 217 mile-per-hour sprint in just a few face-melting seconds. Merely seeing one of these monsters is incredibly rare. The myriad YouTube uploads of these sightings invariably include the giddy laughter of enamored onlookers. The cars in those videos can only be worked on by the most highly-trained experts in the industry. As one of the few master technicians with his level of advanced knowledge, Lagrange is one of the only people in Europe – and the world at large – capable of performing the repairs and maintenance these legendary machines demand.

Lagrange devotes an unmatched level of care and attention to each car that enters his workshop. His unrivaled expertise and professionalism have earned him the utmost trust and respect of Porsche and Lamborghini — not to mention law enforcement. But perhaps his most satisfied clients are the individual owners of some of the finest cars these companies have ever manufactured. More than anything, that loyalty to and from his clients is what makes Mickael Lagrange the most powerful force in this elite, exclusive industry.

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