On the eve of the highly anticipated release of Tesla’s Model X electric sports utility vehicle, ArtCenter alum Javier Verdura, director of Product Design at Tesla Motors, took a few minutes to chat with us about the many ArtCenter alums contributing to this pivotal team responsible for one of the most significant car releases in recent memory. From the top design post held by Franz von Holzhausen to the current crew of interns, ArtCenter alums were front and center in all aspects of the design process. So we seized this opportunity to explore the contours of the connection linking the hottest electric carmaker on the planet and our diverse community of sharp inventors and innovators. (more…)
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Tesla Motors’ Model S sedan might be the best thing on four wheels.
Designed by Art Center alum Franz von Holzhausen, the battery-powered sedan this week was named Motor Trend magazine’s 2013 car of the year and topped the Popular Science “Best of What’s New” list.
The family-size sedan beat out some high-power competition — BMW’s new 3-Series, Honda’s revamped Accord and Toyota’s 2013 Lexus GS — to become the first electric car to earn the Motor Trend honor.
“It is a testament not only to the luxury sedan and electric car segment, but to American engineering overall,” said Edward Loh, editor-in-chief of Motor Trend. “To be the first car in the 64-year history of the award to be powered by something other than gasoline must mean it is very special.”
Popular Science gave the Model S the grand prize ahead of on- and off-wheel innovations in the auto category – from Ferrari’s fastest car, the 730-horsepower F12 Berlinetta, to MyLink, which integrates a smartphone into the dashboard.
Yahoo! Autos tested 100 vehicles — from the amped-up Ford Shelby GT500 to the pared-down Toyota Prius C — and named the Tesla Model S their 2013 car of the year.
Art Center alum Franz von Holzhausen and a team of 11 spent eight months designing the Model S, an electric luxury sedan styled somewhere between a Jaguar XJ and an Audi A7.
Bucking the electric car stereotype, the $50,000-and-up Model S goes form zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and seats seven with room for groceries. Designers took a page from the aviation industry adding 17-inch center-console screen with connectivity to the Web, navigation and the car’s systems.
Some recent media coverage featuring Art Center, our faculty, students and alumni:
- Illustration student Jesse Tise was interviewed by Amelia’s Magazine.
- The Pasadena Star-News reports on an innovative pet carrier created by alums Melony Lee, Michael Leung and Greg Mote.
- The Designmatters and Environmental Design Department’s Safe Agua project received a SPARK! Award, and was featured in Metropolis Magazine.
- The Pasadena Star-News and the International Business Times wrote pieces on the Williamson Gallery’s ENERGY exhibition.
- The Pasadena Star-News reported on Pasadena’s shop local campaign, designed in partnership with The Agency.
- A recent post on Core77 focused on a conversation between Art Center President Lorne Buchman, Product Design Chair Karen Hofmann and frog design about the future of design education.
- Art Center once again tops the DesignIntelligence rankings for undergraduate and graduate Industrial Design programs. Also, Karen Hofmann was named a DesignIntelligence “Most Admired Educator” for the second year in a row.
- The most recent Los Angeles Times Magazine included an article on Tesla Motors, featuring alumni Franz von Holzhausen, Bernard Lee and Nadya Arnaout.