DESIGNER of the Day… HENRIK FISKER

Henrik Fisker (born 10 August 1963) is a Danish-born automotive designer and entrepreneur residing in Los Angeles, California.

He is best known for designing iconic luxury cars including the BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9, Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Fisker Karma, Galpin-Fisker Mustang Rocket, VLF Force 1 V10 and the VLF Destino V8.

He also designed the Viking motorcycle and Benetti Fisker 50 superyacht.

He is the founder of HF Design & Technology, co-founder of VLF Automotive, founder and former CEO of Fisker Coachbuild, founder of Fisker Automotive, where he served as chairman and CEO until March 2013, and founder, chairman and CEO of Fisker Inc.

His Fisker Karma was the world’s first premium plug-in hybrid and received a handful of accolades, including the International Design Awards Product Design of the Year, Silver Edison Award, Automobile magazine’s Design of the Year Award, Top Gear Car of the Year, Fast Company‘s Innovation By Design Award, and was named one of Time magazine’s 50 Best Inventions of 2011.

Fisker was named one of the 10 Most Interesting People of 2015 by The Drive.

Goliath.com named him one of the 10 greatest car designers in automotive history, writing that he has created “some of the modern masterpieces in the automobile industry.”

Cool Cars with Henrik Fisker – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 177

Today’s Episode : At Malibu Cars & Coffee, Fireball walks with his guest, Car Designer HENRIK FISKER. Featured are the Fisker Karma and Tesla P90DL. Then, off to Dukes to see Gidget and chow.

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HENRIK FISKER to be Fireball’s Guest for this Sunday’s Malibu Cars & Coffee…

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My guest for this weekend’s Malibu Cars & Coffee will be world renowned Car Designer HENRIK FISKER. Henrik is planning some great projects coming shortly and he’ll have a very cool car at the show. (That’s a surprise) I’ll be filming for the Vlog, taking a drive and doing a photoshoot as well. If you want a chance to talk with an amazing designer, get your butt to Malibu this Sunday.

DRIVING THE FUTURE SPOTLIGHT!! Henrik Fisker’s Aston Martin Thunderbolt

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What’s it like to drive the FISKER KARMA… from Henrik himself?

A few months back while I was in Las Vegas for the SEMA Show, I ran into my friend Henrik Fisker. And in that moment, the idea of doing an episode of my show with Henrik and having him as an official Malibu Ride of the Week was born.

A few weeks later, Henrik and his adorable wife/partner Geeta rolled up to one of my shows in a stunning 2012 Fisker Karma. Now, those that may be living in a cave or have no Internet may not know Henrik. But if you’ve noticed that his last name and the name of the car are the same, that’s because the Karma is Henrik’s brainchild and the deep blue gem that emerged from his last company.

And although Fisker Automotive as a company is no more, that hasn’t stopped Henrik from creating beautiful design and being a trailblazer in the world of cars. As a designer and entrepreneur, Henrik has laid the groundwork for great design by having stints at BMW, Aston Martin and Ford. But designing this amazing Laguna Blue jewel (1 of only 77 in the world) has landed him at the LA Auto Show this month with an amazing new car called the ROCKET, build by world renowned customizers, Galpin Auto Sports.

Although my time with Henrik as my guest at the show was limited, we did manage to take a spin up the coast to Free Zuma and get this shot. He mentioned that his Karma is standard and unmodified, but who in their right mind would alter such a beautiful piece of art? “My love for proportions and sculpture,” he said, “was what I wanted to create a dramatic and deeply sculptured 4-door coupe.” We both agreed that the proportions, wheel to body, length of hood and the low greenhouse were the best elements. You could literally stare at it all day.

I had a Fisker Karma for a week and was constantly asked what it was and if they could take a photo. Have to say that I spent a lot of time waiting and not driving, but I didn’t mind, as I was grateful to be behind the wheel of something so beautiful.

“When I was doing the clay model for this car,” Henrik said, “I had to tell the modelers to loosen up and pretend we where doing a “one off” supercar to get the extreme sculpture I wanted around the hood and rear fenders.” And being a car designer myself, I knew that this was not an easy task at a major manufacturer. Cost cutting constantly looms heavily.

And when Henrik told me that the inspiration for his logo of combining the Blue Pacific with the Orange setting Sun came from driving in Malibu at sunset, I knew that there’s probably no better car suited for this town.

It was an absolute joy meeting these guys and having them as my guests at the show. Henrik and I graduated Art Center at the same time and it’s always exciting to see what designers have done since then. Be sure to check out his ROCKET if you’re going to the LA Show and be on the lookout for it coming to Malibu for the Cars & Coffee soon. BIG THANKS to Henrik for his kindness to all who came last week. There’ll be more Fiskers on the horizon for sure and with someone who makes it a point to build good Karma and have such a positive influence on the world of design, Henrik’s success is only beginning. Good on ya, HF.

The FISKER KARMA is an Agent of Change… (Review)

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The best cars on the planet are in a race. A very serious race. A race to be the best, out in front, the leader of the ultimate driving blah, blah, blah. And you see and hear it everywhere. It’s overwhelming. My town, your town, every town has banner ads, commercials, billboards and the Superbowl. And they all want you to see them… not necessarily as what they are, but what they are striving to be.

Now, many have achieved true greatness. Machines that do exactly what they say. A great driving experience, supple this and powerful that. But really, take off a lot of those badges and what do you have? A lot of confusion. Many have trouble separating themselves from the pack.

Cars today look a lot alike. Some have been able to transcend the jelly bean look in lieu of sharp, crisp and inventive lines. Some have even blown your minds with their visions of concept cars or power plants. Some have created absolute marksmanship. And some… actually… just one… has done something else. Entirely something else…

Henrik Fisker’s KARMA is not really a car at all. According to Vice President/Global Design, Alexander Klatt… “It’s a Statement of Consciousness.” And I am one to agree. A bright shining star among a cluster of many beautiful stars. But what makes Fisker brighter and more intense is that it’s goal doesn’t seem to be to sell cars at all. Curious, I thought at first. It’s goal… seems to be to create a visionary future of infinite possibilities. A future where people are aware in a way that transcends themselves. What do I mean by this?

In many ways, our world is comprised of fear. People are locked in “What if” scenarios that imprison them without them knowing it. “What if I’m late? What if we hear bad news? What if I don’t get the job?” This fear causes them to be locked in themselves in a perpetual worrisome future. And that gets interpreted as a selfish point of view. Not bad selfish, but just unable to see beyond themselves… and what’s causing fear. Unable to create Peace and Harmony in their lives. You know these people, don’t you?

Driving a cool car while you’re in this kind of state actually makes the car insignificant. Who cares if you’re driving a 600hp whatever if you’re afraid and worried that it’s gonna get dinged or whether you can afford the next payment. Who cares if it cost $60K when you’re jealous of the dood that just bought a car for $120K. That kind of thinking keeps you out of the present. And the present is where all your answers lie.

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When you enter a Karma, something happens. Something unexpected. And what happens is that you actually enter and stay in the present…

The Karma is so full of extraordinary ideas and innovations that it “holds” you like a gentle 10 foot wave of consciousness that promises to take you on the ride of your life. Not with a roar, but with a silent peace that opens your eyes to a whole new world.

Now, I’ve driven many cars over the years… and joked that I didn’t want to send them back because they were too cool. But the experience in the Karma made me seriously think about packing up all my stuff and disappearing… forever. But, alas… none of my stuff would fit. And that... led me to the idea of leaving it all behind.

What makes the Karma a conscious bright light? A list too long to envision here, but there are some examples. The wood trim in the car comes solely from downed trees. Submerged, Forest Fires, Fallen Mahogany and many others. In fact, they are the only ones using it in this way. The leaf skeletons in the interior are touches of opulence that open your eyes to beauty. The EcoChic interior in this Inferno Red Edition kept me transfixed by stating that leather may be a thing of the past and that luxury should be more about the expansion of ideas and positive permanent change. And finally, the Solar Panel roof is the only one of it’s kind by shaping itself into an arc reminiscent of the earth’s horizon.

A 50 mile range on full Electric means that with my lifestyle, I would rarely go to the gas station, if ever. But the gas assist extends the range to over 300 miles if you suddenly get a bug to head to Vegas. Although, in this car, you’d probably opt to go see the redwoods instead. At an average of 53mpg, 403hp and over 900ftlbs torque, this 5300lb baby has no problem doing ANYTHING but causing shock by it’s stunning design. People stopped me constantly to ask what it was, take pictures and comment on it’s grace and elegance. I was driving a concept car. But, with how it places you in a state of bliss, the idea of racing a Ferrari becomes completely childish. Just knowing you have a CO2 emission of 188g/mile gave me an eternal calmness that bled throughout my day, in and out of the car.

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What we all want comes down to very few things. Peace, Joy, Prosperity, Love, Health. And all the things and doodads we want always leads to one of these, otherwise, we wouldn’t want them. But, for the first time, I’ve driven a car that actually represent all these things. The idea that I could drive it again is overwhelming, but the idea of being able to share the experience with passengers becomes a mission.

Henrik and his team are Agents of Change. They know that change comes from incremental strategic and focused movements, shifting the race towards oneness. They’ve created a product that just happens to be a car, but in actuality is an ambassador for good. My visit to Fisker and my talk with Alex (to see what else is coming) enlightened me to realize that there are people out there that are not in the car race at all, but are blazing a whole new trail in a 21st Century direction. And they also realize that change, in no matter what form, is always good because they choose for it to be that way. The Fisker Karma is a wise vehicle for an all new way of thinking. Not because it’s electric or looks awesome, but because of the people that give themselves no choice but to be greater each day. A perspective and inspiration we can all benefit from to make all our lives richer.

“The greatest remedy in the world is change. And change implies the passing of the old into the new. It is also the only path that leads from the lesser to the greater, from the dream to the reality, from the wish to the heart’s desire fulfilled. It is change that brings us everything we want. It is the opposite of change that brings us that which we don’t want.

But change is not always external. Real change, or rather the cause of all change, is always internal. It is change in the within that always produced change in the without. To go from place to place is not a change unless it produces a change of mind- a renewal of mind. It is a change of mind that is the change desired. It is the renewal of mind that produces better health, more happiness, greater power, the increase of life, and the consequent increase that is all that is good in life.

And the constant renewal of mind- the daily change of mind- is possible regardless of times, circumstances of places. He who can change his mind every day and think the new about everything every day, will always be well; he will always have happiness; he will always be free; his life will always be interesting; he will constantly move forward into the larger, the richer and the better; and whatever is needed for his welfare today, of that he shall surely have an abundance.”

Christian D. Larson

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LA Auto Show “CONCEPT WEEK” begins with Fisker, Mercedes & Jag

What an awesome day today. Hung out with buddy Matt Farah from The Car Show and Fisker CEO, Henrik Fisker (above). Now his car (The Karma) is changing everything (I’ll get into that later.) But we went to school together and so I thought it appropriate to start with some cool Art Center Clay Concepts below. It’s “Concept Week” here with the Fireball, so let’s take a look at what’s cool. (Although, every day is gonna be cool, right? 😉

From Mercedes and Monster to Jag and an Electric Bike Concept, cool ideas are abundant. Each day I’ll bring you another LAAS Concept in detail. Tomorrow? The Acura NSX…

 

FISKER snags $100 Million In Funding To Build The ATLANTIC…

“Boom. Big bucks in ma pocket means I’m gonna build me an awesome car.” Can’t you see Fisker saying that? I can. ‘Course, he probably said it in German. Let’s see…

“Buum. Snickerdoodle heins shleebin woot bucks ein mi packete achtung baby awesome car.” Yea, I can speak German. Noooo problem.

Way to go, Henrik. Good on ya, brutha. Now, go fix the Karma.

Fireball to be a Judge again at the 2018 ART CENTER CAR CLASSIC…

Get ready for the ultimate car design event of the year! The 2018 ART CENTER CAR CLASSIC will be held Sunday, October 28th at the Pasadena Campus.

Fireball will join the likes of Henrik Fisker, Dave Marek, Tom Peters and Derek Jenkins as a judge in this year’s show.

ART CENTER CAR CLASSIC is tomorrow Sunday!

This Sunday, it’s the 2017 ART CENTER CAR CLASSIC! Join Fireball and a bunch of celebs as they judge some of the most amazing international cars ever created. On hand will be JAY LENO, Car Designers HENRIK FISKER, DAVE MAREK and JOHN SAHS!