Frank Stephenson is widely known for his design work at MINI, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and McLaren. He is considered as one of the most prominent car designers of the current age.
He British-American automobile designer served as Design Director at McLaren Automotive since 2008 overseeing the styling of all the company's 21st-century vehicles, from the 12C to the new 720S.
But this could change, as per reports, Stephenson is leaving McLaren to return to MINI, where he was the chief designer until 2002. Mini's former design director, Anders Warming, left the automaker last year to join Borgward.
Stephenson is known for designing the first new generation MINI hatch (the R50) in 2000 and established a design language which the company has continued to this day.
He quit MINI in 2001 and joined Ferrari and Fiat where he played a central role in designing the Ferrari F430, Fiat 500 and even the Maserati MC12.
In recent past, the designer has been a critic of MINI's current designs. Commenting about the Countryman with Yahoo a few years ago, he slammed it saying designers had hurt the brand.
"Oh, my gosh, I don't like it. I mean I don't like the whole new trend at all. I think they just wildly abused the brand. And they've gone away from their roots in such a way that now the buyers are not the same buyers," he said.
Neither Stephenson or McLaren have confirmed the move.