Gordon Murray -- aka the man who made both Brabham and McLaren into Formula One powerhouses and designed the world's greatest-ever road car -- was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by Prince William for his motoring accomplishments according to an article published Thursday by Petrolicious.

Still, a CBE is a pretty big deal.

"Receiving a CBE from Prince William is one of the highlights of my life – right up there with Formula One World Championship wins or creating the world's fastest production car," said Gordon Murray, in a statement.

"The Gordon Murray Group is about to embark on an exciting new chapter, with ground-breaking innovation once again driving our growth.

Energized by this accolade I can't wait to continue the journey, supported by a dedicated and hugely talented team."

In case you're still not totally sure who Gordon Murray is at this point, beyond what we mentioned earlier, he is one of the world's most celebrated living automotive designers and engineers.

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