Although Flewitt is arguably most responsible for McLaren Automotive's seven-year reinvention into Britain's Ferrari, he's more modest when asked to compare himself to Chapman or McLaren.
"Bruce McLaren would be three different people today. Somebody designing the car, somebody driving the car and somebody running the business. I'm definitely not the driver or the designer in that sense. My strengths are in production and business," he says.
Flewitt joined McLaren in 2012 from Ford, where he rose to head of manufacturing for Europe, and his methodical approach has led to consistent profitability — something Chapman's business methods failed to do at Lotus.
Flewitt's goals for McLaren's road cars aren't far removed from those of Chapman's, even if the price is far higher.
"Our goal is simply to make the best driving cars in their segment, and it's a very honest goal. It's what we really believe in," he says.
His passion for sports cars and for racing them makes him highly effective talking to owners at the increasing number of customer events McLaren stages.
"When I'm not doing it for work I'm doing it as a hobby. I think that gives a level of credibility to me and to the business," he says.