August 10, 1963 |
|Alma mater||Art Center College of Design|
Founder of Fisker Automotive
|Known for||Aston Martin DB9
Henrik Fisker (born 10 August 1963) is an automobile designer, and was a founding partner and executive chairman of Fisker Automotive. He has lived and worked in Germany, London, and Southern California. Fisker graduated from the short-lived Swiss campus of California's Art Center College of Design in 1989. Best known among his creations are the Aston Martin DB9, Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Fisker Karma, and BMW Z8.
Life and career
Fisker was born in Denmark. From 1989 to 1992, Fisker worked as a designer at BMW Technik GmbH, BMW's advanced design studio in Munich. From 1992 to 1997, Fisker designed the Z07 concept car, which was showcased at the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show, and the exterior of the production BMW Z8 roadster. Starting in January 2000, Fisker was the president and chief executive officer of DesignworksUSA, a BMW-subsidiary industrial design firm headquartered in Newbury Park, California, with a European office in Munich, Germany.
Fisker joined the Ford Motor Company in 2001, where he served as design director for Aston Martin. From September 2001 to August 2003, he was creative director of Ingeni, Ford's London-based design and creativity center. In August 2003, Fisker became the director of Ford's Global Advanced Design Studio (CAPC) in Irvine, California. He has also served as a member of the board of directors at Aston Martin.
In 2004, Fisker left Ford to team up with Bernhard Koehler to start a new luxury car company, Fisker Coachbuild, based in Southern California. The company built and sold tailor-made cars based on production platforms.
Fisker Coachbuild and Quantum Technologies teamed up to form Fisker Automotive; from this platform Fisker could create his car designs and produce them under his own name. The first car to be produced by Fisker Automotive was the Fisker Karma, a hybrid luxury car debuted in January 2008 at the North American International Auto Show. Fisker Karma production was launched in November 2011.
Fisker performed initial design on the electric car Tesla Model S, and designed the body of the Artega GT internal combustion sports car, which in 2011 spawned an electric version with an identical body.
In March 2013, Fisker resigned from Fisker Automotive.
- "Official Launch of New American Car Company: FISKER COACHBUILD, LLC.". PR Newswire. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
- "Pure Expression... ...From a luxury carmaker". Bloomberg Business Week. 25 September 2006. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
- Anthony Crawford (27 March 2009). "SpaceX : Tesla Model S Unveiled". CarAdvice. Retrieved 7 February 2010. "The model S was originally penned by Henrik Fisker of Fisker Khama (another electric car company) fame"
- "She's electric". Top Gear. 30 March 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2010. "Tesla originally commissioned Henrik Fisker (of Aston fame) to design the Model S"
- Christopher (17 August 2009). "Tesla Model S Electric Car". Electric-Car-Insider.com. Retrieved 7 February 2010. "The original design was conceived by Henrik Fisker"
- Quick, Darren. Artega SE joins growing list of all-electric sportscars GizMag, 22 March 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
- Breaking: Co-Founder Henrik Fisker Leaves Fisker Automotive, Struggling Electric-Car Firm. The Washington Post, (13 March 2013).