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November 19, 2021

If your heart beats faster as soon as you hear the words “Hofmeister kink”, and you think of cars when you hear “kidneys”, this is the episode for you.

In an exclusive interview with designer Christopher Weil, Head of Exterior Design at BMW, you'll learn even more about typical BMW design elements and how they are used in the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé.

Together with Christopher the host Jonathan takes a closer look at the classic design elements of BMW and talks about their evolution.

02:30 How Christopher became a car designer
03:57 The most challenging things about designing cars
05:15 Coming up with new ideas
10:55 Most exciting cars to design
12:22 Favorite BMW of all time
13:07 Classic design elements at BMW
15:00 Exterior design vs interior design
16:00 Evolution of iconic design elements
17:39 Favorite BMW design element
18:30 Kidney grille: history and favorite
20:25 The hofmeister kink
22:20 The classic design elements in the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé
24:30 Making the distinction between combustion and electric
25:52 Evolution vs revolution
29:31 Elements that are hard and easy to design
32:15 Design ideas by fans
34:08 The right tools to design

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