McLaren hires Frank Stephenson as new design director

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McLaren hires Frank Stephenson as new design director

McLaren hires Frank Stephenson as new design director

You may not know him by name, but Frank Stephenson is the man responsible for the designs of the Mini Cooper, the Fiat 500 and the Alfa Romeo Mi.To - three of the most lauded hatchbacks of the last decade.

He is also responsible for the design of the Ferrari F430 and 612 Scaglietti in addition to his duties at the Fiat Group, which has many speculating whether Stephenson might be the man to pick up where Gordon Murray left off on the McLaren P11. Stephenson resigned from his post at Alfa Romeo in April.

Born in Morocco and raised in Spain, Stephenson attended the Art Center College of Design, which has turned out many famous designers, including Chip Foose and Chris Bangle. The McLaren P11 is a car rumored to have been Murray's last project with McLaren before leaving to found his own company in 2004. Murray was the designer of the legendary McLaren F1.

The P11 project was expected to be its spiritual successor, an all-new supercar, but it has lain dormant since his departure. With the acquisition of Stephenson's immense talent, however, and the firm's cessation of its partnership with Mercedes for the SLR supercar, there is renewed hope of the P11's revival.

The new supercar is expected to feature a mid-engine V10, rather than the v12 of the F1. It will also be smaller and lighter than its predecessor. The McLaren F1 was at its height the fastest production car in the world, but the new car will be aimed more squarely at the likes of the Ferrari 430 Scuderia and the Porsche 911 GT2, rather than the Bugatti Veyron or other top-speed-seeking supercars.

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Comments (4)
  1. impressive indeed.
    we'll be waiting for the next super car.

  2. impressive move! One can only expect impresive cars to come out of Frank's pen! ...

  3. I admit that the guy is good, that is a good opportunist; there is no denying that he was long enough at BMw\Mini to have realy designed the mini. But guys come on, he was hardy at fiat or alfa or even at ferrarir to have been able to have designed all those iconoc cars as you claim.

    this guy shamelessly takes credit for all the things that others have done; he never claims it himself, but doesn't deny it either. For me that is even wprse. I know i am in the industry, and in the industry we know for sure who the real designers of all cars are. He isn't.

  4. hi vava .bro ihad just pass my 12th exam (india)and i am very intrusted in car designing what should i do..and where.......*?

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