Lionsgate Official Press Release and Trailer, “Chasing Perfect”


  • All-new documentary film Chasing Perfect, released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment, reveals the captivating story of designer, Frank Stephenson
  • Stephenson gives a unique insight into the design stories behind his most iconic cars, including the MINI, Fiat 500 and McLaren P1
  • Beautiful production values and unrivalled behind-the-scenes access bring Stephenson’s design work and process to life more than ever before
  • Chasing Perfect also tells the personal and heartfelt story of Stephenson and what drives him in his desire to achieve ‘perfect’ design
  • Stephenson gives a glimpse into his work in the revolutionary future of personal transportation; the world’s first all-electric VTOL flying taxi
  • Chasing Perfect will be released in the UK on digital download from May 20th and is available on DVD from May 27th

A stunning new feature-length documentary, Chasing Perfect, will be released on May 20th revealing the untold story of Frank Stephenson, the man behind some of the world’s most iconic car designs.

Responsible for the shape of the MINI, Fiat 500, Ferrari FXX, McLaren P1 and more, Stephenson reveals the inspiration and meticulous creative process behind each, giving viewers a unique insight into his quest for ‘perfect’ design.

Richly shot, with unrivalled behind-the-scenes access, Chasing Perfect celebrates the beauty of automotive design, and offers enthusiasts the perfect stage to indulge in Stephenson’s culturally defining icons.

Stephenson led design teams at Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia, McLaren and MINI, and tells fascinating unheard anecdotes about the creation of his many automotive masterpieces. With these incredible insights into the world of designing cars, and with an in-depth tour of Jay Leno’s legendary garage, Chasing Perfectis a must-watch for all car enthusiasts.

Frank Stephenson said:“Car design is often shrouded in mystery but in Chasing Perfect I wanted to throw open the doors to the creative process, shining a light on exactly how cars like the MINI, Fiat 500 and McLaren P1 come to be. Great design takes a lot of hard work but for me, it’s still the best job in the world.”

Outside of his automotive creations, Chasing Perfect tells the very personal journey of Stephenson’s quest for perfection, inspired by his father. It’s a rare insight into the mindset necessary to become one of the world’s top car designers.

“I was fortunate to have my father as an inspirational mentor who pushed me to pursue perfection, but I’ve come to realise it’s something that I’ll always be chasing. I want the message of this film to inspire the next generation of car designers; the creative process of design can be hard, but pushing yourself to always try to achieve perfection – no matter how unattainable it may be – is the best piece of advice I can give to making incredible design become reality.”

The production not only follows Stephenson’s career, from his early work on the Escort Cosworth at Ford in the ‘90s, but also his current work with Frank Stephenson Design through different locations around the world including California, Spain and the UK.

Frank is currently working with Lilium to develop an icon of the future: the world’s first all-electric vertical take-off and landing on-demand taxi service. Lilium is targeting 2025 as the date customers will first be able to book a flying taxi through its app.

“What you see in the film is a genuine working prototype and is designed to be ‘to take the skies, providing affordable flying taxi services around the world. In fact, right now we are working on something much more advanced and I am convinced transportation like this will become reality sooner than people tend to think,”said Stephenson.

Chasing Perfect is available for digital download from 20th May and on DVD from 27th May, courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment.


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About Lionsgate
The first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate is a global content platform whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world.  In addition to its filmed entertainment leadership, Lionsgate content drives a growing presence in interactive and location-based entertainment, gaming, virtual reality and other new entertainment technologies.  Lionsgate’s content initiatives are backed by a nearly 17,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global licensing infrastructure.  The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring and ground-breaking content created with special emphasis on the evolving patterns and diverse composition of the Company’s worldwide consumer base.

Media Contacts

On behalf of Lionsgate:

Madison O’Shields
Lionsgate UK

For more information:

Andrew Roberts, Influence Associates
Tel: +44 (0) 2072 879 610
Mob: +44 (0) 7432 7188 01
Luke Madden, Influence Associates
Tel: +44 (0) 2072 879 610
Mob: +44 (0) 7771 514 245

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