Tesla Snags Top Engineer From Aston Martin


  • Tesla Model X Picture

    Tesla Model X Picture

    As the new vice president of vehicle engineering at Tesla Motors, Chris Porritt will spearhead development of the new Tesla Model X crossover. | May 07, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Tesla Motors has named Chris Porritt vice president of vehicle engineering.
  • Porritt previously was Aston Martin's chief engineer.
  • Porritt headed development of the Aston Martin One-77.

PALO ALTO, California — Tesla Motors has named Chris Porritt vice president of vehicle engineering. Porritt, in his previous role as Aston Martin's chief engineer, headed development of the Aston Martin One-77.

Porritt's 25-plus years of experience include 16 years at Aston Martin, where he built the company's engineering team from scratch and led the development of Aston's VH platform, which underpins the DB9 and the V12 Vantage.

Porritt, who has a master's degree in automotive technology management from Britain's Cranfield University, previously spent 10 years at Land Rover, rising from college intern to principal engineer in vehicle dynamics.

"I look forward to driving new standards for vehicle engineering innovation in the Model S, Model X and future vehicle lines," Porritt said in a statement released by Tesla. "This is an incredible opportunity to bring technologies normally reserved for supercars to the high volume market."

Edmunds says: Tesla poaches some major tech talent from Aston Martin.

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