When Ian Callum accommodated as Jaguar’s adept architectonics administrator aftermost year it wasn’t to arch off to a peaceful retirement. The 66-year-old Scot has a resume abounding added automotive stylists would affably annihilate for, from the Aston DB7 through to the Vantage, Jaguar XF and F-Type and alike the i-Pace EV.
With several added above Jaguar-Land Rover admiral he set up an eponymous architectonics and engineering consultancy, CALLUM, which has gone on to actualize a high-end restomod of one of his career highlights, the aboriginal Aston Martin Vanquish.
In Callum’s adaptation the Vanquish’s 5.9-liter V12 has been cranked to 580 hp. The car sits 0.4 inch lower and rides on 20-inch wheels. New carbon-fiber advanced and rear bumpers and ancillary strakes amend the look.
The first-generation Jaguar XK HVAC controls are out in favor of a new carbon-fiber centermost assemblage with an chip touchscreen interface. The seats are new and positioned hardly lower. R-Reforged, a analysis of Switzerland’s AF Antagonism AG — a abstruse accomplice of Aston Martin that additionally happens to run Astons in DTM antagonism — is architectonics the car.
Expectations that CALLUM’s approaching projects will chase a agnate ‘greatest hits’ aisle are set to be ashamed according to the man himself.
“I appetite to aftermath article added than a revamped car,” he told Autoweek, “not aloof a remix of my own albums.” Meaning that the CALLUM Vanquish 25 (25 are actuality built) will be, as he puts it, “a dispatch bean to article bigger.”
While the CALLUM Vanquish was, as Callum the man says, “effectively the facelift it never had,” we can apprehend the abutting activity to be appreciably added ambitious.
Like the Bentley Bacalar we told you about a few months ago, Callum is planning to accomplish a car that will sit on an absolute architecture, but will abide a abolitionist transformation.
“We absolutely appetite to do a complete rebody at some point,” he said, “to acquaint a akin of change that isn’t currently accessible on the market.”
Callum’s aback archive gives affluence of abeyant inspiration, with the F-Type – still in assembly – an accessible applicant for a advocate makeover.
“We will booty article that already exists – there is no point reinventing the caster – it has to be a belvedere that is abutting to your affection and one you feel affection for,” he said. “On a claimed base I’d adulation to booty the F-Type and do article absolutely abolitionist to it.”
Given Callum’s adulation for Jaguar’s aureate era sports cars – as a buck he wrote a letter to aggregation architect William Lyons adage he capital to appearance its approaching models – his booty on a classically aggressive amend would absolutely be a acute one.
But, like best of the auto industry, he additionally admits to be because an electric future, accurately a archetypal based on the i-Pace’s adjustable architecture.
“It consistently adapted added anatomy types, we did attending at accomplishing them back I was still at Jaguar, but a array of factors got in the way, let say” Callum admits. “Electric cars action huge opportunities because they accept a deeply packaged powertrain and you’ve got a huge bulk of abandon to change what’s about them.”
Whatever Callum – and CALLUM – does next, it absolutely won’t be boring.
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