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.
Fifty years ago I wrote to Bill Heynes, Vice President of Jaguar, asking him advice on how to become a car designer for Jaguar. He replied on the 1st March 1968. On 1st March 2018 we launched I Pace to the world. Happy man! pic.twitter.com/pjjqtK4cMn
— Ian Callum (@IanCallum) March 2, 2018
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.