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Twice nominated as the UK’s Prince Philip Designer of the Year, Peter Stevens has won numerous honors for his work including 2002 Automotive Designer of the Year by AutoCar Magazine. Currently a speaker, design consultant, teacher and lecturer, Peter is one of the UK's best-known vehicle designers. After training at the Royal College of Art (RCA) he began his career as a designer at Ford. He also began his long career as a tutor at the RCA. In the 1980s, he spent five years as chief designer at Lotus Cars, where he developed the Esprit revision and designed the Lotus Elan (M100). He then designed the Jaguar XJR-15 and later became Chief Designer at McLaren Cars where he was responsible for the design of the McLaren F1.
After a spell as chief designer at Lamborghini, he returned to the UK, undertaking consultancy for Prodrive, BMW, Williams and Toyota. Alongside his automotive design consultancy, he became Visiting Professor of Vehicle Design at the RCA. He was appointed as design director at the MG Rover Group in 2000. Meanwhile, as consultant director of design for Mahindra and Mahindra in India, Stevens oversaw the introduction of the GIO and the sell-out XUV500.
From 2011-12, Stevens was director of design, at Rivian Automotive, a green auto manufacturer located in Rockledge, Florida. Besides judging and speaking engagements around the world, Stevens is involved in the design and application of hybrid technology, including a high performance electric racecar, and innovative, energy efficient public transportation solutions.