“An entirely new way of moving.”
At first glance, Harald Belker might not look like a veteran time traveller. And yet, with his slight stubble, tennis socks and an adidas leisure outfit very much at home in the past, he nevertheless spends most of his working time in the year 2035. So, what’s it like? With a knowing smile, Harald Belker takes a deep breath and states, “man, it’s big there!” Right now, the LA-based German automotive designer is busy crafting visionary vehicles for the upcoming film project Pulse, a high-octane movie featuring streamlined magnet gliders slipping through gleaming urban canyons. We are told to expect a digital high-speed adventure that will make the latest F1 race look like a horse and cart parade. “It is an entirely new way of moving,” Belker explains.
And he should know: After all, he studied car design at the renowned Art Centre College of Design in Pasadena after spending several years at the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Unit in Orange County. Now based in California, his office sideboard gives pride of place to plenty of miniature cars. Nevertheless, most of his designs do not end up on the street or in a near-by parking garage, but on the big movie screen – Belker is Hollywood’s most sought-after vehicle designer.