Niki Smart is a British car designer, known for being lead designer on the Ariel Atom project and his concept car design for Cadillac, as design manager for the General Motors Advanced Design team in Los Angeles, California.
Smart began designing the Ariel Atom whilst studying at Coventry University, in conjunction with Ariel Motor Company boss and senior lecturer Simon Saunders. Smart completed his masters in vehicle design at the Royal College of Art, London in 1999. In 1997, Smart moved on to Tom Walkinshaw Racing as a designer and then to the Ford Motor Company in 1998.
Smart is now design manager for the General Motors Advanced Design team in Los Angeles, California and oversaw the design of the Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept in 2010 and the Cadillac Ciel Concept, a hybrid electric concept car released in 2011.
Smart also oversaw the design of the Cadillac Elmiraj, which was unveiled at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2013.