Apple has hired Chris Porritt, Tesla’s vice president of vehicle engineering, according to Electrek. This comes four months after Steve Zadesky, the head of Apple’s rumored electric car project, reportedly left the company.
Porritt spent a little under three years at Tesla, and was apparently very close with Elon Musk. He was hired in May of 2013 after spending 16 years at Aston Martin, where he was chief engineer. There, he oversaw projects like Aston Martin’s One-77 supercar, as well as the development of the VH platform of Aston Martin cars, which included the DB9 and V12 Vantage.
Porritt could take over the rumored Apple car project
Porritt would be the second employee poached from Tesla’s engineering department this week — just yesterday, the self-driving tech startup Comma.ai hired Riccardo Biasinito to work on autonomous software integration. Of course, the electric and self-driving car industries have proven to be so insular in their infancy that these poachings happen often. Tesla has been known to hire Apple employees the same way that Apple is keen to taking Tesla’s talent.
Apple declined to comment, and an email to Tesla went unanswered. Porritt’s LinkedIn profile still displays Tesla as his employer.