Apple hires Tesla’s vice president of Vehicle Engineering

9to5Mac, in collaboration with its sister-site Electrek, has exclusively confirmed and discovered that Apple hired former Tesla’s vice president of Vehicle Engineering and former Aston Martin chief engineer, Chirs Porritt, to work on “special projects” — in other words, an Apple Car.

Porritt helped developed cars like the One-77, which went from concept to production in a little over 12 months, for Astin Martion, so he certainly knows a thing or two about fast turnarounds. And, given the performance of most Aston Martins, he knows how to develop fast and comfy cruisers.

Porritt established Aston Martin's Vehicle Engineering team from the ground up and used his approach as chief engineer for Aston Martin's One-77 supercar (pictured below). 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.

At Tesla, he helped finalize the design of Tesla’s first truly affordable electric car, the “Model S.” Porritt 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.

Earlier this week, a German newspaper reported that Apple has a team of 20 working in Berlin alongside potential partner Magna Steyr, the world's largest contract car maker. The report puts the release of the first Apple car into 2019 or 2020. Keep in mind that the company hasn’t confirmed that it’s working on a car.