Ian Callum, the renowned designer formerly with Jaguar, has recently revealed the Skye: a compact, feature-rich off-roader. In 2019, he launched his own brand, aiming to create bespoke, meticulously designed products.
Meet the Callum Skye, a 4×4 from the Visionary Former Jaguar Designer
Ian Callum, once Jaguar‘s chief designer, introduces the fully electric Skye. Its first prototype will hit the roads this spring. He founded his own studio, focusing on crafting custom, limited-series models. The Skye marks the brand’s first model, boasting an entirely in-house design and production. This achievement stands out, especially for a company with a modest team of 20.
The company embraces a clear philosophy: “minimal mass, maximum capability.” The Skye’s form directly reflects its functional prowess, prioritizing use over design. Remarkably light and compact, the Skye weighs just 1,150 kg and extends slightly over 4 meters long and 1.9 meters wide.
Embodying “Minimal Mass, Maximum Capabilities”
With these specifications, the Skye promises to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 4 seconds, and it offers a 280 km range. It likely features a 42 kWh battery, though the engine details remain under wraps. Callum plans two distinct versions: a harmonious urban model and a rugged, off-road variant.
Additionally, the brand boasts about the Skye’s exceptional charging capabilities, targeting a full charge in just 10 minutes. This feature highlights a partnership with Nybolt, a Cambridge-based electric vehicle battery manufacturer. Ian Callum’s venture aims to produce an initial batch of 50 models in its Warwick factory, self-funding the first prototype.
Beyond the Skye, Callum’s firm sets its sights on more models. Ian Callum emphasizes his ambition to transcend being just another design agency for other brands. He believes his company has carved out a unique place in the market: crafting simple, yet flawlessly designed vehicles. Looking ahead, the studio plans to produce its cars in 1,000-unit batches.