Frank Stephenson on the McLaren P1

McLaren Automotive is an exciting company. Here we have a firm created with the sole purpose of making high-performance road cars utilising the Formula One technology of mother company McLaren. Everything it does, every move it makes is meticulously calculated for this goal. In this day and age where profit seems to rule decisions, this degree of integrity is endearing. The P1 is the latest car to join this small elite family. Frank Stephenson... Read More

McLaren: Building a car company

It is fascinating stuff to watch the building of a car company, especially one that will no doubt make supreme road cars to rival those made by German and Italian firms who have been in the business for almost as long as the life of the motor car. This is exactly what McLaren is doing. The maker of winning Formula One cars is now fully committed to building road cars. And the car making side has been given its own specialist company McLaren... Read More

Frank Stephenson on McLaren interior design

Frank Stephenson is car designer with an exceptional resume that includes working at BMW where he penned the 2001 Mini, Maserati where he designed the MC12, Ferrari where he worked on the F430, and Fiat where he almost saved the company with the Fiat 500. Since heading up McLaren Automotive design department in 2008, he has shown us the first road car to be born out of the car making arm of the F1 company, the MP4-12C, and has hinted at where... Read More

Visions for 2020 hybrid McLaren

Premium marque McLaren Automotive has challenged third year transport design students at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Turin to pen their visions for a hybrid two-seater off-road McLaren for 2020. Working closely with McLaren design director Frank Stephenson, and the engineering team at the headquarters in the UK, the students developed their concepts based on McLaren’s lightweight carbon fibre chassis ‘MonoCell’ – a feature... Read More