Chris Porritt could be tapped to lead Project Titan.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has famously called Apple the "Tesla graveyard" of failed employees and it looks like Apple has erected another headstone as Electrek and 9to5Mac are both reporting Apple has hired former Tesla Vice President of Vehicle Engineering Chris Porritt.
Nothing is official but Porritt has decades of automotive experience as he was a principal engineer at Land Rover before becoming the chief engineer at Aston Martin. During his time at the latter company, he was the chief engineer for several high-profile vehicles including the One-77 and the V12 Zagato.
Porritt will reportedly be working on “special projects” for Apple including Project Titan. His role at the company remains unconfirmed but speculation suggests he could be put in charge of the long-rumored Apple Car project. The rumors are bolstered by claims that a handful of senior Apple engineers will be reporting directly to Porritt. These reportedly include Product Development Engineering Director Albert Golko and Emery Sanford who is named in "dozens of Apple’s patents."
Apple has been tight-lipped about its automotive ambitions but the company is reportedly developing a high-tech electric vehicle with semi-autonomous driving technology. The model is rumored to have a "ship-date" of 2019 but that doesn't necessarily mean we'll see it on the streets by the end of the decade as the term can also be used to describe when engineers sign off on a product.