10. FREEMAN THOMAS (53, American)
Director of strategic design, Ford
Key cars (and bike): VW New Beetle, 2000 Audi TT, Dodge Tomahawk, Ford Start
An unsung legend and longtime J Mays collaborator, Thomas has been behind a wide variety of cars, from the Audi TT and VW Beetle concepts to the wonderfully nut-job 500-hp Dodge Tomahawk show bike, the Chrysler 300C, and the future-facing 2010 Ford Start concept. Visionary.