He was born in Torino to a Swiss father and mother from Piemonte. After graduating in mechanical engineering from the Università degli Studi di Torino (1913) he moved to Bologna to work for Fiat. He was a tutor to Amédée Gordini and, at Mugello, he raced a Fiat 501 to third place on 13 June 1920.
His work to remedy high gasoline prices resulted in the first Weber carburetor, a "sidedraft, double-throat ... bolted to a Weber designed overhead-valve/supercharger conversion for the 501 Fiat". In 1923 he established the Fabbrica Italiana Carburatori Weber company.
He is buried in the Certosa di Bologna.
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