Keith Helfet – #Petrolheads

Mentored by Sir William Lyons himself, automotive designer Keith Helfet has created multiple works of art for Jaguar and is best known for his work on the XJ-220, the XK -180 and the F Type. He initially studied mechanical engineering at the University of Cape Town and much to his disappointment, it was mainly applied maths. This resulted in him taking an aptitude test and it came back that he would be better suited to doing industrial design. It was this realisation that led him to try his hand at automotive design where he built a new shell for a Triumph Spitfire from scratch using plaster of paris while still in University. Through this project his passion was ignited and ultimately led him to the decision to pursue a career in this field.

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