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Driving design: Yacht designers on the cars that float their boat

Driving design: Yacht designers on the cars that float their boat

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Elliot March

March & White

Superyacht designers love their cars – especially these ten. So what car designs inspire them and which motors do they have at home?

Elliot March - March & White

What was your first car?

A BMW Z3. It ticked all the boxes for under £5,000.

What did you learn to drive in?

Something nondescript with a Ford badge.

How many cars do you have?

I’m running two. I’m a massive Alfa fan and have a 1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super and an Alfa 4C Spider. My friends think I’m mad, but I love the crazy Italians for their pursuit of form over function.

What’s your favourite and why?

It depends on what’s running! In all seriousness, I’m having lots of fun in the 4C at the moment – it’s absolutely bonkers, but it’s the most fun and best-handling car I’ve owned.

Do you take part in any track days, or classic car shows?

Living in LA I get to interact with a lot of the local and major car shows on the West Coast. At Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance you get to see a real mix of both US and European cars, plus there are always local meet-ups with the Alfa Club.

Do you have any favourite marques?

Myself and my business partner James [White] are huge fans of Aston Martin, both in terms of the cars and the way they think about their global brand. We can’t say any more at this point, but watch this space…

Which car pushes the boundaries of design in your opinion?

The Fiat Abarth 2000 from the 1960s was one of the first cars to use angular sloping lines in place of the usual flowing designs of the 1960s. Its shape influenced other manufacturers’ designs, including supercars like the Lamborghini Countach.

What’s the most fabulous car you’ve ever been in?

The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead. I likened it to driving a very expensive slipper.

Who or which brand would you ideally get to build or fit out a car for you and why?

The forward yet retro ethos of Singer Vehicle Design combined with an interior by Bottega Veneta. That would be epic.

What has car design learnt from the superyacht world, or vice versa?

The bespoke materials and artisans that we use for the interiors of superyachts are now coming into the interiors of luxury automotive vehicles such as the new Rolls-Royce Ghost. For us, we are learning from the automotive industry how to integrate technology, ergonomics and bespoke finishes in confined spaces.

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