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Interview: Afzal Kahn
16th Mar 2011

We regularly receive requests for a one to one interview with Afzal Kahn to share with our readers. Well, we were promised a chat and we have got our exclusive with the principal British designer himself, for you to enjoy!

Kahn News:  How did you start off in the automotive industry?

Afzal Kahn: As a young boy my foremost interest was cars. I used to walk past car dealerships thinking “I can reinvent this industry,” and I knew I could do it.

And as project ideas took off, I set up a small car accessory outlet in Bradford, even though the shop was small, customers would buy my products and as time went by, I set out to design my own wheel and I guess you know the rest.

Kahn News:  How does it feel to have manufactured the first wheel in the world with the spoke running all the way to the edge of the rim? And how did you achieve such an innovative feat?

Afzal Kahn: It\'s something I\'m proud of.

I saw no reason why I could not create something unique. I approached manufacturers in this country but I couldn\'t find any that were good enough to produce what I wanted. So I went all over the world to find a good manufacturer and eventually I settled on an Italian company who had the quality and production capabilities to manufacture exactly what I wanted.

I designed a wheel with a spoke that ran to the very edge of the rim, what you now know as the RS-R, a wheel that has now become one of the most replicated in the world.

Kahn News:  What makes A. Kahn Design stand out from the rest?

Afzal Kahn: Well, why settle for what\'s available?  

At A. Kahn Design, hundreds of thousands of pounds are spent in rigorous research and product development and I will not launch a product until I am satisfied. Every product I design whether it\'s a timepiece or body kit it\'s designed to make a statement in itself.

To dare to be different in today\'s society shows great passion, and I have a lot of time for people who share the same philosophy.

Kahn News: In 2008 Kahn joined forces with British tuner Cosworth. What led to that union?

Afzal Kahn: It was a speculative approach and they were receptive to ideas and business opportunities. Cosworth now supply engines to 4 of the F1 teams so our \'partnership\' has become much more high profile this year.

Kahn News: What lies in the future for A. Kahn Design

Afzal Kahn:  Exciting new product developments, expanding the Kahn Design product range withinand our lifestyle collection, new design initiatives, geographical expansion and much more.

For more information on the Kahn group visit: www.kahndesign.com

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