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Designers on Design: McLaren's Frank Stephenson on Ferrari LaFerrari

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/7/2013 Edward Loh

On day one of the 83rd annual Geneva Auto Show, I spoke with McLaren design chief Frank Stephenson on his new P1 supercar. An hour later, I ran into him at Ferrari's busy booth where he and P1 program chief engineer Paul Mackenzie were taking a close look at the LaFerrari flagship.


Motor Trend : What are your first impressions?

Frank Stephenson : I think it's pretty good actually. I heard all kinds of rumors and likes and dislikes...and these cars should be like that anyways. But I think it's very nice. They've made a Ferrari out of it, which is good. Definitely moving on from the Enzo. This looks like a real Ferrari! I do like it...beautiful sculpture...

Read more about the LaFerrari: Ferrari LaFerrari First Look

FS : [Pointing to an arc along the rear flank] I don't agree with that line because it doesn't do anything. That's something we would have never done at McLaren. That line has no reason to be there. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

MT : How did you get in here?

FS : [Laughs] I walked in! I used to work here!

MT : Yeah, but how did you get [Paul McKenzie] in here?

FS : I asked Luca!

Interestingly enough, later that night, I was chatting with Robert Cumberford, Automobile magazine's automotive design editor, about the cars we had seen at the show and he echoed Stephenson's thoughts on the Ferrari - including his dislike of the character line on the flank. Great designers do think alike.

For more on the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1, read our Geneva Motor Show First Looks.

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