A childhood dream comes true.
Stéphane Lenglin loves cars – so much so that he has made them his profession. The Exterieur Designer has been involved in the design of quite a few Porsche vehicles so far and it was his hand that shaped the Porsche 963, while also earning it its stripes. Seven colors adorn the Hypercar and pay hommage to Porsche's history in Le Mans. Stéphane Lenglin spoke with us about his favorite topic: vehicle design.
Question: You’ve been working as an exterior designer for Porsche for about six years. What vehicle design has been your favorite so far and why?
Stéphane Lenglin: Yes, time flies. It's going to be seven years in July of me being part of the exterior design team. And I have been working on many projects over those years. From concept studies to production cars, but so far, my highlight will be the 992 GT3 – after the 963 of course.
Why that? First, because it was one of my first big projects, which I have led from the first sketch to production. Also, because that’s a car I would love to own, if I manage to save enough money… It's important to dream!
Question: What would you say defines the Porsche design DNA?
Stéphane Lenglin: First of all, the Porsche design DNA to me is the timeless and iconic design with an important history. It’s what makes the Porsche design so unique. We Porsche designers always look and take inspiration from the past of the brand to create the future of the Porsche identity. Porsche developed its own way of maintaining its identity over the years. Opting for consequent evolution instead of a complete revolution. There is also the idea of ""form follows function"", which is also important to the Porsche DNA. Porsche design is authentic and honest. The ""clean"" surface treatment and the proportions are equally important.
And of course, Porsche has its iconic design themes, which are visible in all model ranges: the roof flyline, signature window graphic, the low nose and pronounced shoulder. All this defines the Porsche DNA.
Question: What do you love about your job as exterior designer?
Stéphane Lenglin: Almost everything. Since I was a kid, I always loved drawing cars. Now, I have the luck to combine my hobby and my job. What I also really like is that I face new challenges every day. As exterior designer for Porsche, I like the fact that I have the possibility to work on very different projects from production car to design study and motorsport project. It’s never boring and I always learn new things.
Question: What inspires you when you begin to work on a new exterior design?
Stéphane Lenglin: At first, I like to start a project by getting a clear head. To achieve this, I listen to some peaceful music and sketch on a white sheet of paper. That is the best way for me to begin.
Then, I will take my inspiration from what is around me. That can be anything: objects, cars, architecture etc. A look into the past can also be really inspiring for me, because design is a bit like the fashion industry: It’s kind of a circle. Trends come and go. We just have to introduce a bit of a modern spin and technology to make it work.