PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/06/13 -- Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) has hired Aston Martin's Chief Engineer of Vehicle Engineering, Chris Porritt, to be its Vice President of Vehicle Engineering. Chris is a world-class leader and automotive engineer who established Aston Martin's Vehicle Engineering team from the ground up and used his innovative approach as Chief Engineer for Aston Martin's One-77 supercar. The One-77 was best known for its advanced structural design combined with cutting edge active suspension and aerodynamics. These combined to make it one of the fastest cars in the world.

Chris brings more than 25 years of automotive engineering experience to Tesla. Chris joined Aston Martin in 1997 where he brought the Vehicle Engineering function in-house, establishing vehicle dynamics, NVH and durability and later whole vehicle architecture and vehicle packaging, as well as thermal management, aerodynamics and full vehicle test. Chris's team was the group responsible for the architecture of the VH platform cars including DB9 and V12 Vantage. Prior to Aston Martin, Chris spent 10 years at Land Rover where he began as a college intern and rose to the role of principle engineer in Vehicle Dynamics.

"Tesla is a hardcore technology company, which means that anyone leading a team of engineers must be an outstanding engineer themself, as well as a good leader," said Elon Musk, Tesla co-founder and CEO. "Chris demonstrated exactly that in his prior role at Aston Martin, creating in the One-77 what was arguably their best car ever."

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

Chris attended Hatfield Polytechnic north of London earning a Mechanical and Automotive Engineering degree. He later earned a master's degree in Automotive Technology Management from Cranfield University.

About Tesla
Tesla Motors' (NASDAQ: TSLA) goal is to accelerate the world's transition to electric mobility with a full range of increasingly affordable electric cars. California-based Tesla designs and manufactures EVs, as well as EV powertrain components for industry partners. Tesla has delivered over 10,000 electric vehicles to customers in 31 countries.

Hodne | May 6, 2013

Great choice by the way!!!

Brant | May 6, 2013

On the fence with this one
My friends AM is in the shop way to often

Brian H | May 6, 2013

Note the closing reference to deliveries of over 10,000 cars. That probably includes Roadsters, of course.

rochec | May 6, 2013

@Brant - that has very little to do with the lead engineer and far more to do with the management of the entire company. If you are cutting corners to produce cheaper costs or not hiring the right people to build your products you'll end up with those issues, not because of the VP of Engineering.

Aleksandyr | May 6, 2013

the one-77 is so good looking. maybe something like that for the future roadster!!!

Benz | May 6, 2013

Good for him and good for Tesla Motors.

David Trushin | May 6, 2013

Now i understand. The fog lights were removed to make room for the machine guns.

ian | May 6, 2013

Cool stuff. The X and Gen III look to be in good hands.

David - Haha!

Great to announce this right before earnings too!

Brant | May 6, 2013

That is comforting to know

jeroens | May 6, 2013

Interesting movie, includes Chris:

Benz | May 6, 2013

This will turn out to be good for both Chris Porritt and for Tesla Motors as well, as both have vision and want to move forward. Great move.

Here is a YouTube video of Chris Porritt being interviewed in an Aston Martin One-77:

Great car indeed

GettingOldFast | May 6, 2013

The One-77 looks amazing! I am definitely putting in a reservation for GenIII the second they start taking them, even if I don't need a car at that time, and even if I haven't seen pictures of it yet!

s_curve | May 6, 2013

I will NOW start budgeting for that GenII Roadster.