Apple Hire Former Aston Martin Chief Engineer

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Although no one has any clue what the Apple car will actually look like (despite some good sports on twitter claiming they do), we at least know that one of the world’s biggest brands is hiring as many awesome people as possible.

And they’ve now gone and hired a former Aston Martin chief engineer who recently had a stint with Tesla.

Chris Porritt, who was Tesla’s Vice President of Vehicle Engineering for a while, will oversee “special projects” at the multinational technology company.

Which basically means he will be charged with breathing life into the Apple Car (aka Project Titan).

A Sensible Choice

Porritt is a sensible and exciting choice; during his 3 years at Tesla, he worked on the Model X and S, and even had a hand in the development of the upcoming Model 3.

There was no poaching involved on Apple’s part, though; Porritt has been out of work for seven months – though he isn’t the first to switch from Tesla to Apple.

The news follows hot on the heels of Steve Zadesky’s move from Ford to Apple, but it’s expected that Porritt will be the head honcho.

His expertise will prove useful in numerous engineering roles, while his knowledge of vehicle dynamics will also be invaluable to Apple who have never previously developed a car.

Porritt’s roots are in the UK, where he interned at Land Rover in the mid-eighties before eventually landing the coveted Chief Engineer role at Aston Martin. Here, he helped to make some of the brand’s most prestigious cars, such as the Aston Martin DB9.

Not a bad resume. If you were already excited about the Apple Car, you must be damn near uncontrollable right now.

Will Titterington
  • 20th April 2016

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