Early in his career, car designer Franz von Holzhausen had a hand in a number of interesting vehicles, from VW’s popular New Beetle to Saturn’s short-lived Sky convertible. But he may have found his life’s work in 2008 when he joined Tesla. At the time, the electric-car pioneer was just getting going and had outsourced much of the work on its original Roadster to supercar maker Lotus. von Holzhausen took charge of design with its second vehicle, the Model S sedan, and his streamlined, understated aesthetic has helped define the Tesla experience ever since.
As the company’s lineup has expanded, von Holzhausen has gotten an ever-broader tapestry to work on--from 2017’s affordable $35,000 Model 3 sedan to the all-new Roadster, a $200,000 dream machine. Due in 2020 and engineered to go from 0 to 60 in 1.9 seconds, the Roadster aspires to be the fastest production vehicle ever and will sport a von Holzhausen-designed removable glass roof.