#057 BMW design elements explained – by a BMW designer | BMW Podcast
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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 our 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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