Where do you go after a 25-year career in the British car industry, culminating as the Chief Engineer at Aston Martin who helped bring along projects like the painfully gorgeous One-77 above? If you're Chris Porritt, you pivot to Tesla Motors. And after that? Apparently, you go to Apple.
That's , who brings us the scoop that Porritt has apparently accepted a position working on "special projects" at Apple. That just happens to be the department that oversees the tech company's semi-secretive Project Titan, Apple's moonshot project to introduce some kind of automotive product within the next few years.
The hypothesis is that Porritt will replace Steve Zadesky, the assumed leader of Project Titan who earlier this year was reported to be leaving the company.
Porritt's involvement at Apple could be seen as encouraging news for auto enthusiasts—judging by , he's a true gearhead. Starting as an intern at Land Rover in 1987, Porritt worked his way up to Principal Engineer in Vehicle Dynamics after a decade at the company. He then moved over to Aston Martin, where as Chief Engineer he presided over products including the One-77, the V12 Zagato, and the DB9.
Porritt joined Tesla as Vice President of Vehicle Engineering in 2013, where he reportedly worked on platform dynamics for the Model S, Model X, and the upcoming Model 3. As , Porritt departed from Tesla nearly a year ago.
While Apple steadfastly refuses to confirm or comment on its automotive project, it's basically an open secret at this point. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said as much, calling Apple "" for the number of former Tesla engineers who have departed the electric carmaker to join the Cupertino tech company.
If Apple is indeed working on some kind of automobile, with Porritt at the lead, we can hopefully take comfort in the assumption that it will have decent driving dynamics. Unless, of course, it's autonomous.