Tesla Roadster Makes Rare Appearance At Design College

OCT 29 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 9

How does one inspire future automotive designers? Well, it depends on who’s involved.

How about providing them with a next-gen Tesla Roadster prototype to check out? This is a fantastic idea, and especially even more so when the particular college in mention is the Alma Mater of Tesla Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen. Nothing like being at the right place at the right time!

The upcoming Tesla Roadster was unveiled as somewhat of a surprise during the Tesla electric semi-truck reveal. Since then, it has definitely not been a stranger to the media, but sightings have still been limited. Nonetheless, just this past weekend it made its way to the distinguished ArtCenter College of Design in Los Angeles, California.

Not only did Franz study at the ArtCenter, but also some of his esteemed colleagues and team members at Tesla, like Tesla’s Director of Product Design, Javier Verdura, among a handful of others, were educated there. Thus, it’s a highly recognized location of study for some of today’s top automotive designers and stands to be one that may produce some of the leaders in the field in the coming years. The ArtCenter benefits not only from its reputation, but also from its location in regards to the Silicon Valley startups and the growing focus on California as a global hub for EVs.

The ArtCenter recently hosted is 2018 Car Classic exhibition and celebrated the 70th anniversary of its Transportation Design program. What more to make the event extra special than to bring in a red Tesla Roadster prototype, which was designed by its most celebrated grad? If you can think of something better, let us know. Anyhow, enjoy the images. There’s no discounting the fact now that Tesla designs are winning the world over. We can’t even imagine the positive impact once the Model Y, Tesla pickup truck, and Tesla Semi actually come to be.

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9 Comments on "Tesla Roadster Makes Rare Appearance At Design College"

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Big Solar

best looking super/hypercar design ever?

John

Debatable. Wait until it rolls out, those folks owning Bugattis, Lambos, and Ferraris will likely disagree, at least about how the rear end looks…

Paul Smith

No doubt they will, as their resale values bottom out.

ffbj

I think you want famous not infamous college of design. Unless they are poor, bad, or known for producing inferior graduates.
Though it could be bad is good, as in You are so Bad, but you really mean they are good.

Roy_H

infamous
[in-fuh-muhs]

adjective
having an extremely bad reputation:
an infamous city.
deserving of or causing an evil reputation; shamefully malign; detestable:
an infamous deed.

Law .
deprived of certain rights as a citizen, as a consequence of conviction of certain offenses.
of or relating to offenses involving such deprivation.

Pushmi-Pullyu

Or maybe the “infamous” descriptor is meant to be taken ironically, as gentle teasing. Perhaps the school is “infamous” in the auto industry, because…

An article from The Drive.com: “Your Favorite Car Designer Probably Went to ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena”

An excerpt from the article:

Name an iconic shape, from the dashing new MINI to achingly elegant Aston Martin DB9, and odds are the hands that shaped the little clay figures learned their technique in California. The college boasts the country’s first full-fledged transportation design department and a beautiful campus that places it right in the thick of Southern California’s famously vibrant car culture, plus twenty-odd local major manufacturer design studios.

Pushmi-Pullyu

Not sure why my comment got removed by the software ‘bot; let me try again.

Why did Steven call the college “infamous”? I dunno, but maybe it’s an inside joke in the auto industry.

From The Drive: “Your Favorite Car Designer Probably Went to ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena”

http://www.thedrive.com/video/2385/your-favorite-car-designer-probably-went-to-artcenter-college-of-design-pasadena

Quoting from the article:

For car design, our country’s hit-factory is ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena. Name an iconic shape, from the dashing new MINI to achingly elegant Aston Martin DB9, and odds are the hands that shaped the little clay figures learned their technique in California. The college boasts the country’s first full-fledged transportation design department and a beautiful campus that places it right in the thick of Southern California’s famously vibrant car culture, plus twenty-odd local major manufacturer design studios.