The son of a doctor, Todt was born in Pierrefort on 25 February 1946 with a passion for motorsport – his childhood idols were Jim Clark and Dan Gurney – and as a youngster he would fix cars with friends. He was a rally co-driver from 1966 to 1981, coming second with Guy Frequelin driving a Talbot Sunbeam Lotus in the World Rally Championship in his final year. Having moved out of the co-driver's seat, Todt was responsible for the creation of Peugeot Talbot Sport and the mastermind behind the 205 Turbo 16, the 405 Turbo 16 and the 905. Under his guidance Peugeot won two world championships, four Paris-Dakar Rallies (grabbing the media's attention when he used a coin toss to decide whether Jacky Ickx or Ari Vatanen should win in 1989) and two Le Mans 24 Hours. In 1993, Luca di Montezemolo brought Todt to Ferrari and tasked him with restructuring the racing division. His first race was the French Grand Prix on 1 July that year. Together with the president, he brought Michael Schumacher, Ross Brown and Rory Byrne to Ferrari and the three men proved key to the glory years that followed (11 Drivers' and Constructors' World Championships). Todt remained at Maranello until 2009, first as head of the racing division and then as CEO. He became FIA president on 23 October 2009 and was re-elected unanimously in 2013.