Jaguar I-Pace Debut Marked A Very Special Milestone For Its Designer, Ian Callum

Being a car designer has to be one of the hardest gigs in the industry. Making a car out of nothing is hard enough, but then being able to make others feel something because of the way a car looks is difficult. Ian Callum is one of the best and well-known designers in the industry and he recently shed some light on his interesting start.

We bet that the majority of car enthusiasts has heard of Callum thanks to his creations. Some of the vehicles he has penned include the Nissan R390, Aston Martin DB9, Jaguar F-Type and Aston Martin Vanquish. All of those cars are simply gorgeous.

Callum recently took to Twitter to reveal something interesting about his past. We have placed the tweet below for you to read.

Callum reached out to then Vice President of Jaguar, Bill Heynes, asking for some advice on how to become a car designer for the British automaker. Callum received a reply on March 1, 1968 and on March 1, 2018, Jaguar’s first electric production car, which was designed by Callum, made its debut!

In the video below, Callum talks through the design of the I-Pace. The designer claims that the electric SUV takes inspiration from the C-X75 supercar that was featured in “Spectre”, James Bond’s latest movie. If we squint our eyes, we can kind of see what he’s talking about. The front grille, air intakes, taillight elements, and cab-forward design are similar to the stillborn C-X75 PHEV that was supposed to enter limited production but was canned in 2012.

Hearing that he asked Jaguar for tips on how to become a designer and that the automaker actually replied, only for Callum to find himself ending up designing Jags, is a heart-warming story. You don’t hear too many of those anymore. Hopefully, he’ll continue to create some of the most beautiful cars in the world, whether it’ll be for Jaguar or any other manufacturer.

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  • Dariush

    Amazing vehicle

  • Bash

    This ticks all the right boxes for me, design wise.

  • Matthijs

    Great story and he actually replies to a lot of people on Twitter. Good man

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    superb designs through the years

  • Izak Podgornik

    30 years ago I asked Mitsubishi the same thing. I only got back a couple of generic brochures. Maybe that’s the reason they are where they are now?

    • Nordschleife

      This makes me feel kinda sad. Hopefully you still followed your dream.

      • Izak Podgornik

        I’m quite happy where I am now in my life, I’m just not designing cars. I was quite good in that, actually, and still doodle. But thank you for asking:)

        • Nordschleife

          As long as you’re happy..cool.

  • DON’T KNOW WHY HE COULDN’T HIDE THE PLUG. SEEMS DESIGNERS PUT THE UGLY DOOR IN THE DRIVER’S SIDE FENDER AS A BADGE OF HONOR.

    • Peter Spriggs

      Designers don’t put engineering elements anywhere, engineers do that 🙂

      • CAN’T BE THAT HARD TO TAKE WHAT IS ESSENTIALLY AN EXTENSION CORD AND ROUTE IT TO A LOCATION WHERE IT DOESN’T STAND OUT LIKE A SORE THUMB.

  • Nordschleife

    And I love that the configurator is already up. This is a great vehicle for jaguar.

  • Six_Tymes

    love it, i hope people buy it. if i could afford one i would

  • Callanish

    Love it. My only concern would be charge point locations. Tesla’s got a head start over everyone with those.

  • What an amazing story, like 50 years ago you were asking if you can be a designer and now you are responsible for one of many beautiful Jaguar product. Sir William must be smiling to see Jaguar now.

    And also how kind is Bill Heynes to have time to reply those kind of letter, I assume there is a lot of those kind of letter. Also I wonder if Mr. Callum still kept that Jaguar Pirana picture.

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