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Video of the Day: How I Designed… The Maserati MC12!

Love the MC12? The designer tells his story of how he was inspired to create this beauty


Frank Stephenson has designed so many cars that we love today. His YouTube series, How I designed is a journey of his stories of designing some of these iconic cars.

Stephenson says, “In this episode of ‘How I Designed…’ I will be sketching you through some of my favourite elements on the MC12 while telling you a little bit of how the car came to be. The aim was to create a championship winning race car that wouldn’t outshine Ferrari in any way. This is how the MC12 was born. It went on to win multiple GT Championships while also finding itself a devoted cult following which I am immensely proud of.”

A bio of Frank Stephenson:

“Frank Stephenson (3 October, 1959), was born and raised in Casablanca, Morocco to an American father and a Spanish mother. At the age of 11 his family moved to Istanbul, Turkey followed by 2 years in Madrid, Spain where he graduated from high school. After high school Stephenson spent six years competing professionally in motocross. His passion for drawing and automobiles since his youth led him to study automotive design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California from 1982 to 1986. Stephenson has been the director of design for MINI, Ferrari, Maserati, Fiat, Lancia, Alfa Romeo and McLaren before moving on to Lilium Aviation to lead the design team creating flying taxis, known as eVTOL aircraft, as well as being Design Master at Suning Intelligent Technology, a major Chinese technology company. Additionally, he is the design director of his independent design studio, Frank Stephenson Design, an award winning team which designs and collaborates with companies world-wide seeking success through creative innovation. Stephenson speaks English, Italian, German, and Spanish fluently and is an international speaker on many design-related and motivational subjects. Since 2010 he has been listed in Debretts People of Today.”

Tom Stahler
Tom Stahler
Tom Stahler is the Managing Editor of the Journal. Tom has a lifelong love of cars and motor racing – beginning with the 1968 USRRC race at Road America, in a stroller, at eight months of age. His words, photos and broadcasts can can be found on a myriad of media. He has won the Motor Press Guild’s Dean Batchelor Award and a Gold Medal in the International Automotive Media Awards.


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