The company has officially announced that Chief Designer Stephenson has relinquished his position – replaced with Rob Melville, who was in charge of the Sports Series.
According to reports now former McLaren design guru Frank Stephenson will go back to Mini – where he served a mandate until 2002, but that hasn’t been confirmed just yet. Meanwhile, the company has publicly notified Rob Melville will be the successor as McLaren’s new Design Director. Melville was the creator of the Sports Series and second-generation Super Series, meaning he commissioned the P1, 650S, 675LT, 570S, and most recently, the new 720S. Melville has been with McLaren since 2009 as Senior Designer and he came from Jaguar Land Rover where he crafted the popular Range Rover Evoque.
He also had a stint at General Motors as Senior Creative Designer, in that time helping with the creation of models such as the Cadillac Converj, Chevrolet Corvette, and Hummer H2. He has much work to do as McLaren’s new Design Director, because there are 14 new models on tow as part of the Track22 business plan – with reports alleging to the creation of a new “LT” sub-brand, an electric supercar, and a P1 successor. “I am thrilled to be given the title of Design Director for McLaren Automotive,” said Melville. “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. I have always believed that great design tells a great story and that is what we do here at McLaren. I’m incredibly proud.”