Tesla Motors Taps Aston Martin Engineering Chief

Electric-car specialist Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA  ) has hired Chris Porritt from Aston Martin. Porritt will serve as vice president of vehicle engineering, similar to his role at Aston Martin, where he served as chief engineer of vehicle engineering. Porritt led Aston Martin's vehicle engineering team and has 25 years of automotive engineering experience. Tesla commends Porritt's work on the Aston Martin One-77, which is renowned for its structural design and aerodynamics.

The news comes more than a year after Tesla's previous chief engineer, Peter Rawlinson stepped down, sparking some fears among investors at the time.

"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."

Shares tapped new all-time highs today approaching $60, and Tesla reports earnings on May 8.


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  • Report this Comment On May 06, 2013, at 5:42 PM, Marshgre wrote:

    Does this mean the guy who assembles the electric motor will be signing the casing?

    On a serious note. I think this indicates that Tesla is growing its business. That's a good sign for anyone long on Tesla.

  • Report this Comment On May 07, 2013, at 5:12 AM, teslatrenches wrote:

    Elon is being lied to by his Fremont site manufacturing staff. He has taking action to find out what's going in the trenches but its being sanitized. I wish my former employees and Elon the best.

  • Report this Comment On May 07, 2013, at 7:25 AM, TMFMarlowe wrote:

    I first heard about this last week, and I couldn't help wondering if this means that future Teslas will come with bizarre corrosion problems, nigh-unreadable gauges, and inconveniently-located ashtray covers that pop up at random and unhelpful moments.

    Sorry, couldn't resist.

    John Rosevear, former (and likely future) Aston Martin owner

    (To be clear, I love Aston's crazy beasties, and really I'm wondering why Porritt left AML and who will replace him there. This was likely a very good hire for Tesla.)

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