Car Master Frank Stephenson takes to the skies


New documentary ‘Chasing Perfect’ traces the renowned car designer’s vertical move into electric aircraft design.

Frank Stephenson takes sparklingly different approaches to design. His Ferrari FXX is a track-only supercar conceived to give the closest feeling to a race car as technically possible. The McLaren P1 hybrid hypercar offered an opportunity for this maverick designer to reimagine aerodynamic solutions by emulating nature. The MINI is British icon re-invented for the 21st century, whilst the new era Fiat cinquecento saw the loveable Italian run-around designed for contemporary cities. Then there is the Ford Escort Cosworth racing car, complete with its enormous spoiler. These are all very different products, yet behind the surface brilliance is a considered approach to design and a creative mind constantly pushing frontiers.


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