After 20 years with the automaker, Ian Callum left Jaguar earlier this year. It was immediately clear that he wasn't planning on retiring just yet. Instead, he's teamed up with an all-star group of designers for a new project: David Fairbairn, the man responsible for Jaguar's recreation of the Lightweight E-Type; Adam Donfrancesco, whose resume includes the Noble, Aston Martin GT8 and GT12, plus Jaguar’s F-Type GT4; and Tom Bird, the commercial director who put the Jaguar C-X75 concept car, shown above, into the last James Bond movie. And with those founding members at the table, the new design and engineering firm CALLUM was born.
In a press release, Ian Callum had this to say about the next chapter in his career:
I wanted to get back to the essence of creativity; the challenge of producing something wonderful and personal. To design the alternative has always been my mantra, but always the beautiful alternative and something to enjoy. In today’s modern world, collaboration is the catalyst for new ideas, and this is our ethos and inspiration, both within our team and as we look to work with partners in the future. CALLUM is an exciting new chapter that will focus on "Journeys to Destinations," and all that encompasses.
Focusing on "art, audio, automotive, fashion, lifestyle and motorsport," CALLUM kicks things off with 18 employees at a 20,000-square-foot facility in Warwick, England. Meanwhile back at Jaguar, the torch has been passed to Julian Thomson, who's also been with Jaguar since 2000, having designed the first Lotus Elise beforehand.
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