Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Most Famous Car Designers From Around The World 2017. When we buy cars we usually think about the brand, the make, the model, the colour, the engine, whether it’s diesel or petrol, how expensive it is, how tough it is, how many seats, how comfortable etc etc. Rarely do we ever take a step back and think who actually designed it. These car designers are often anonymous when it comes to the final consumer but they have played a critical, if not the most important, role in the history of the car. This car in essence came out of the mind of the person who designed it.
Across the world there is a veritable multitude of car designers. Those who are at the top of their game are highly successful and well paid. Without these designers, the companies that employ them, and the brands that we know and love, would not be able to sell the cars that we eventually buy. Without the designers, there would be no car industry. This list looks at ten of the most famous car designers from around the world (although perhaps famous is not the best term as you may not have even heard of them – unless you are a car geek who knows everything about the subject!).
List of Top 10 Most Famous Car Designers From Around The World 2017
10. Shiro Nakamura
Shiro Nakamura is a Japanese car designer and a vice president and officer of Nissan, perhaps best known for designing the Sergio Pininfarina. Since 20006, Nakamura has been the chief creative officer of the company. His nickname at the company is ‘Fingers’. Before working at Nissan he was a designer at Isuzu. He has won several awards, including the Eyes On Design Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. He was named the world’s 4th most creative person in 2010 by FastCompany Magazine.
9. Frank Stephenson
Franks Stephenson is an American car designer best known for his work with Mini, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and McLaren. He designed the new Mini, the new 500 and and X5. He also had a key role in deveoping the Ferrari 430 and the 612 as well as the McLaren MP4-12C. He is an immigrant by birthm having been born in Morocco to a Norweigian father and a Spanish mother. He has lived in Spain, Germany, Turkey and the United States. He began his career at Ford’s design studio in Cologne, Germany before moving to BMW where he designed the BMW X5. In July 2002, Stephenson was appointed Director of Ferrari-Maserati Concept Design and Development. Stephenson left Fiat in April 2008 to become Design Director at McLaren Automotive, where he oversaw the design of the P1 and new range of McLarens. He takes his inpiration from all over the place.
8. Henrik Fisker
Fisker is a Danish born automobile designer who lives in California. He is best known for designing iconic luxury cars including the BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9, Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Fisker Karma, Galpin-Fisker Mustang Rocket, VLF Force 1 V10 and the VLF Destino V8. His Fisker Karma was the world’s first premium plug-in hybrid and received a handful of accolades, including the International Design Awards Product Design of the Year. His career has spanned time at BMW, Ford and Aston Martin as well as Fisker Coachbuild and Fisker Automotive, HF Design and VLF Automotive. He is an entrepreneur at his heart and prefers to be in control. He is one of the Top 10 Most Famous Car Designers From Around The World 2017.
7. J Mays
Mays is perhaps most famous for designing the Audi TT. He began his career as an exterior designer at AUDI AG, a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group, in Ingolstadt, Germany. In 1997 he became Global Vice President of Design at Ford and became responsible for the design of 8 brands – Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Mazda, Volvo, Land Rover, Jaguar, and Aston Martin. He was involved in the design of the 2012 Focus and the 2011 Fiesta. He retired from Ford in 2013.
6. Ralph Gilles
Ralph Gilles is a Canadian American car designer and was President and CEO of SRT and Senior Vice President of Design at Chrysler before becoming head of design for Fiat/Chrysler in 2015. He designed the new Viper.
5. Ian Callum
Callum is a Scottish car designer who has worked for Ford, TWR, Aston Martin, and in 1999 became the Director of Design for Jaguar Cars. He was the brains behind the RS200 and the Escort Cosworth. He holds a Royal Designer for Industry from the Royal College for Arts.
4. Jason Castriota
Jason Castriota is an American car designer who designed the Ferrari 599, the P4/5, the Maserati GranTurismo, and the Maserati Birdcage. In 2010 he became the Design Director for Saab Automobile but left in 2014 to join a smaller firm in New York. He is best one among Top 10 Most Famous Car Designers From Around The World 2017.
3. Peter Schreyer
Peter Schreyer is a German car designer for Hyundai and Kia Motors. He contrinuted heavily to the design of the Audi TT which, in 2006, was named one of “the most influential automotive design in recent time” by Car Design News. In 2014 he was awarded the EyesOn Design Lifetime Achievement Award. He has also worked by Audi and Volkswagen.
2. Peter Stevens
Peter Stevens in perhaps the most famous British car designer and is responsible for the design of the McLaren F1, among many other cars. Until October 2014, he was Visiting Professor for the Royal College of Art Vehicle Design department. He also works for Rivian Automotive in Florida. He bagan his career at Ford, then Ogle, then Lotus, then McLaren. He has also worked for BMW, Lotus and Lamborghini as well as Toyota. He himself has raced at Goodwood.
1. Walter de Silva
de silva has to be at the top of this list. He is currently contracted to Volkswagen and he is responisble for many eco-friendly and innovative car designs. He is an Itlaina car designer and is responsible for all of VW’s brands including Audi, Volkswagen, SEAT, Škoda as well as Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti. He previously worked as head of design at Alfa Romeo.
So, there we have it the Top 10 Most Famous Car Designers From Around The World 2017. Ten of the most famous car designers who you may or may not have previosuly known. When you next go out and buy a car, spare a thought for the designer behind it. After all, without then, the car wouldn’t have come about in the first place.