Frank Stephenson has an enviable portfolio of automotive designs. He has spent time at McLaren, Ferrari and Maserati to name a few, designing some of the world’s most iconic cars. What to do when you have designed machines like the Ferrari F430, McLaren P1, Escort Cosworth and Maserati MC12? Why, you combined them together to make one crazy video game supercar Grand Theft Auto V. Wait, what?
This is exactly what Stephenson is doing in what has become a GTA content series for his YouTube channel. It all started with a friendly review of the original cars used in the popular video game, many of which look like real versions. A second video followed, and the popularity was such that Stephenson decided to design his own not quite official supercar worthy of the game. Instead of mixing a few cars to create something generic, he took inspiration from several of the games. his own actual designs to create a car he calls Frankenstein. And boy is that a suitable name.
The basis of the car is the Maserati MC12, itself based on the Ferrari Enzo. The Maserati lends its wheelbase and long proportions to the design, but the greenhouse comes from the McLaren P1. There is more McLaren influence on the doors, especially with the 12C’s intake design. Ferrari takes a stance up front with a nose derived from the F430, while at the rear things are crazy with the FXX rear clip. If that’s not wild enough, Stephenson goes the old-fashioned way with the Escort Cosworth, bolting a biplane fin behind the cockpit. The front fender / fender offset is also borrowed from the Cozzy.
Does it work? The end product is certainly interesting, and to Stephenson’s credit, he critiques his own design as he does others. It’s not all cuddles and puppies, either – the front could use more of the F430’s influence, and it’s not particularly happy with the way the doors fit together. However, that doesn’t stop him from making his Frankenstein available as a downloadable mod for GTA V players on PC.
It’s not an official GTA add-on, but it’s still pretty cool to have a video game car designed by a prominent car designer.