You can’t deny the appeal of the McLaren Sports Series, so the man responsible for them has been appointed as Director of Design. Rob Melville has also overseen the 2nd generation of the Super Series with the introduction of the 720S. Reporting directly to COO Dr. Jens Ludmann, Rob will be responsible for the overall design strategies and philosophy. This will also involve working with engineers and the assembly line workers to make them a reality. McLaren‘s Track 22 plan has 14 new models planned before 2022, so Mr. Melville has a long road ahead. But his expertise in transforming the 12C into the 650S speaks for itself.
Rob’s previous work at Jaguar/Land Rover was the basis for the Evoque, and his tenure at Cadillac was highlighted by the Converj concept. The press release also states that Frank Stephenson has decided to leave McLaren after a decade of design. Rob is quoted as saying: “I am thrilled to be given the title of Design Director for McLaren Automotive. I remember when I got the call to come and join McLaren back in 2009 and the joy I felt then is the same today. We have developed a fantastic design team and have integrated a design philosophy that I feel passionately about. I have always believed that great design tells a great story and that is what we do here at McLaren. I’m incredibly proud”. We’re excited to see what lies in store for the brand, so stay with us for all your McLaren updates.