Callum is the brand of the famous car designer Ian Callum. After decades of being active as a car designer, with numerous gems at Aston Martin and Jaguar as a legacy, Ian Callum started his own business in 2019. Given its name, Callum Designs is formally a design studio, but it also designs and makes its own cars. That started with a modified and modernized version of the original Aston Martin Vanquish, itself a Callum design. Now Callum Designs goes a lot further with its own car, the Callum Skye.
That Skye is a completely different type than the Vanquish. No low, fat super GT with V12 here, but a compact electric high-legged car that, with its squat carriage, open wheel arches, and virtually absent overhangs, looks a bit like a ‘beach buggy’. The Skye must therefore be able to handle any terrain and even excel because Callum promises both good driving characteristics on the road and excellent off-road capabilities. The low weight plays a key role in this. The Skye, built around a tubular frame, weighs only 1,150 kg, very little for an EV, and distributes that weight fairly between the front and rear axles. A modest battery pack of 42 kWh provides a range of 273 km. Charging takes place at an unprecedented pace: with an optional fast charger and the right charger, the job should be completed in less than ten minutes. The Callum Skye has four-wheel drive, so we assume two electric motors. Power and torque are not mentioned, but we do know that this machine should be able to go from 0 to 100 in less than 4 seconds.
With a length of 4.05 meters, the Callum Skye is compact, but according to Callum, it feels particularly refined and high-quality. The closed cabin has an interior according to the 2+2 principle, with two full seats and two ’emergency seats’. The occupants have a special view outside because the lower half of the doors are also made of glass. Callum’s new toy is not just a fun finger exercise; the company wants to share concrete specifications of the production version in the spring of 2024.