Learning from the exotic Lamborghini Countach

A couple of years ago, whilst researching our book The Life Negroni, I asked Adrian van Hooydonk what is his favourite car design of all time. The BMW creative boss immediately responded: Marcello Gandini’s Lamborghini Countach. Of course he would, for this 1970s icon is too gloriously exotic for words. Here in an interview, the Lamborghini design director Mitja Borkert tells me the Countach remains a great informer of the Italian supercar... Read More

McLaren CEO on the future of the luxury car marque

There are plenty of new companies joining the car making game. Few will survive. McLaren Automotive is not even a decade old, yet the company operates in a calm and mature fashion, and with the F1 expertise at hand as well as a brave approach to design, the products are hugely fresh and exciting. I spoke with Mike Flewitt, company CEO, on the future of the luxury performance car marque. Read the full interview here. #gallery-2 { margin:... Read More

The exotic and the autonomous: Geneva Show highlights

Autonomous driving is side-tracking. The conversation has temporarily diverted from its original explosive futuristic narrative for an altogether more tangible one. The automotive world is looking at more pragmatic solutions that can be applied now, without the complications of full autonomy. Read the full review originally published in Wallpaper* here. Read more on the McLaren 720S, the Range Rover Velar and Rolls-Royce ‘diamond-stardust’... Read More

Introducing the dramatic McLaren 720S supercar

‘It is special,’ smiles McLaren Automotive chief executive Mike Flewitt pointing to the latest 720S that proceeds the 650S in the Super Series. ‘It almost feels like a milestone in the maturity and development of the company,’ he told me at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this week for this car represents the first production vehicle to be replaced since McLaren Automotive was born seven years ago. ‘We started out with one car, the 12C,... Read More

Ian Callum talks Jaguar I-Pace electric car design

Meet Jaguar‘s first all-electric proposition. The I-Pace, revealed in November as a conceptual study at the LA Auto Show, is one of the most important Jaguar cars to be released since the E-Type. It represents a big step for the marque too, for it is the company’s first pure battery-powered electric product. This isn’t just a design study either – Jaguar is promising a production electric I-Pace based closely on this car with all-wheel... Read More

Top five creative moments in car design in 2016

As we start to bid farewell to 2016 and welcome a new year with all its fresh promises, I started to put together a list of my top five interesting speculative car design moments of this year. BMW Group’s Vision Next 100 collective of concept cars for MINI, BMW and Rolls-Royce was the first to come to mind as these vehicles are a bed of vibrant ideas, begging to be explored. Then came Bentley, and the marque’s softly radical approach to the... Read More

Thomas Ingenlath discusses Volvo’s modern design identity

Thomas Ingenlath has been directing the Volvo design team in Gothenburg since 2012 – his mission here is to forge a strong visual identity for the Swedish marque. Volvo used to have a pretty definite brand message as the maker of safe and robust family cars. Volvo cars were synonymous with utility, but being utilitarian isn’t quite the sexy image a car marque in the current century wishes to project. Instead, Volvo would like to be perceived... Read More

In talk with Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern

Jaguar Land Rover is going through an incredible time. The undisputed makers of sports-utility cars, way before SUV became a household name, is redesigning its core models and introducing new cars. Last week the marque revealed its new Discovery design, a pinnacle model in the Discovery range to bridge the more luxurious Range Rover and soon to be updated rugged Defender. The new Discovery’s design is simple, yet clever with a focus on providing... Read More

Death Drive: A love-hate note to the motor car  

For over a century, the motor car reigned as the supreme toy, the ultimate consumer product. Sculpted and engineered with love and passion, and little concern for safety or the environment, the car was loaded with mixed emotions – love and lust, greed and shame, ego and fear, freedom and danger. The motor car was sexy; dying in one was also sexy. It helped if you held some sort of celebrity status for a brush of extra mystery. James Dean’s... Read More

Bugatti design director on form follows performance

The Chiron is the most powerful, the fastest and most exclusive car built by Bugatti. This hypercar has succeeded the Veyron as the luxury marque’s sole model. Only 500 are made, and retails at over £2m. It may be a hugely indulgent and exclusive car, yet the Chiron remains an inspired example of industrial design – pure and uncluttered, and staying true to Bugatti’s design ethos ‘form follows performance’. Ettore Bugatti, the... Read More

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