Edward John 'Ted' Cutting was a British automotive engineer. He began his career aged 15 as a draughtsman with the KLG spark plug company. In 1946 he joined the Allard Motor Company where he designed his first complete car and in 1949 moved to Aston Martin. On joining Aston Martin took part in the DB2 re-design, worked with Eberan von Eberhorst on DB3, DB3S and DP Lagonda V12 cars. In 1955 became Chief Designer for racing cars, producing DBR1- DBR2 -DBR3 and the GP cars DBR4 & 5. He designed the body, engine, chassis, suspension and fully engineered the Aston Martin DBR1, winner of the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 1961 became Chief Designer for the Company with Tadek Marek the Chief Engineer and Harold Beech the Technical Director, all working together under John Wyer and ultimately David Brown. From 1962 as Chief Designer his Project racing cars DP212 - DP214 and DP215 were conceived purely as prototype racing cars, particularly for long distance races, unique vehicles to gain maximum publicity. DP215 was recorded at 319.6 kilometres per hour (198.6 mph) on the Mulsanne Straight in practice at Le Mans and remains the fastest 6 cylinder front engine Aston ever made. In 1966 he joined the Ford Motor Company as a race car design engineer and initially began work on the GT40 racing project with John Wyer at Advanced Vehicles in Slough. Circumstances changed so he was asked to join Ford of Britain in advanced chassis engineering at the beginning of the Capri project and then working through advanced pre-production on all car models up to the Granada, introducing many innovations along the way. He remained with the company until his retirement in 1985.

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