Robert Melville has just been promoted to Design Director at McLaren Automotive. This comes after Frank Stephenson, McLaren's Design Director since 2008, stepped down due to personal reasons.
Melville is responsible for working on the McLaren P1, 650S, 675LT, and the Sports Series during his stints as Senior Designer and Chief Designer. His most recent work is the new 720S, the first model in the second-generation Super Series.
Prior to joining McLaren, Melville worked at Jaguar Land Rover as part of the design team assigned to drafting the Range Rover Evoque. He then moved to GM before joining McLaren Automotive back in 2009 as a Senior Designer. In 2014, he was promoted to Chief Designer and now, three years later, finds himself as McLaren's new Design Director.
“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,” commented Melville.
With his new position of Design Director, Melville will be responsible for overseeing development of 14 new upcoming models or derivatives that were promised in McLaren's Track 22 business plan. The plan is said to include a new 'LT' sub-brand and a possible P1 replacement. For now however, we can expect Melville's design DNA from the 720S to be found on their upcoming model lineup.