‘Full Chat’ With McLaren Design Director Frank Stephenson

Mr JWW (aka James William Walker) is one of the best YouTube car vloggers on the scene. Having started his channel less than a year ago, the up-and-coming YouTuber regularly uploads videos of himself and his various assortment of supercars, the most recent acquisition being a McLaren 675 LT. So it should come as no surprise that Walker chose to speak with McLaren design director Frank Stephenson for his new interview series, titled ‘Full Chat’.

Frank Stephenson needs no introduction in car design circles. Having graduated from Art Center, the Moroccan-born Norwegian/American started his career as a young designer at Ford in Cologne, Germany. He later worked with Chris Bangle at BMW and eventually moved over to Italy, where he worked for Fiat and Alfa Romeo and spent a brief time as Ferrari’s design director before joining McLaren. There are, however, a few things you may not know about Stephenson, like his passion for motorcycles or the interesting anecdotes he shares in the video above.

In a very candid interaction, Stephenson talks to Walker about his career as a motocross rider, tells the story of how he originally designed the Ford Escort RS Cosworth’s rear wing (and where he got the inspiration for it), and how he fashioned the first-generation BMW Mini exhaust outlet after a late night in the studio.

The video’s a bit long, but trust me, you won’t be disappointed…

Besides his antics as a YouTuber, James William Walker is the director of Kiniki Holdings Limited, a British swimwear and underwear company he started six years ago at age 24. His new website is expected to launch imminently, and will likely extend his offerings as a clothing manufacturer and retailer.


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