Moray Callum, Ford's head designer behind the current Mustang and GT, retires
The man who penned many of Ford's hottest vehicles today bows out.
Moray, 62-years-old and brother to famed Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover designer, Ian Callum, had long been at the forefront of automotive design and can be credited with designing many vehicles we commonly know and see today. Previous work reportedly includes the 1999 Ford Super Duty trucks, 2011 Ford Explorer, 2005 Mazda Miata, and 2007 Mazda CX-7.
Moray Callum, the man responsible for designing some of Ford's hottest products on sale today.
More notably, Callum is credited with having recently penned the looks of the 2015 S550-generation Ford Mustang and the current Ford GT supercar, two of the most desirable and well-received performance cars from the marque. The design team he led is also reportedly responsible for the recently-released Mach-E and Bronco SUVs as well as the new-generation F-150.
“Moray’s influence is seen on streets around the globe,” states chief product platform and operations officer, Thai-Tang, in the press release. “He brought and sustained a design vision and leadership to studios – including Ghia in Italy and Mazda in Japan, in addition to Ford and Lincoln – that has elevated the beauty, meaning and function of cars, trucks and SUVs for millions of customers.”
Following Callum's official departure on May 1, the mantle will be taken up by former Renault vice president of exterior design, Anthony Lo, who will slowly transition into the brand starting April 1. Like Callum, Lo has an extensive history in automotive design having reportedly worked for companies like Lotus, where he designed the Lotus Carlton sport sedan, and Audi, where he designed the original Audi A4.
Lo is also known for the Saab Aero X concept and for helping create Renault's "Cycle of Life" design language, a strategy which became the basis for many award-winning concept cars.
Callum's successor is no stranger to fast cars and iconic automotive design.
There is a high bar currently set for Lo, but there are also high hopes with him as head designer at Ford. According to him, his affinity with the Blue Oval began on the streets of Hong Kong where the brand maintains a strong presence. He mentions how the Sierra Cosworth RS, “with its imposing floating rear spoiler and track-racing pedigree to match,” left a strong impression, possibly hinting at future design cues for Ford Performance models.
Perhaps Lo could be the one to fully bring the Mustang into the sports car fold with an ultra-low and sleeker design for the next generation, or maybe a return to hot hatches could be in order. Only time will truly tell what his presence means for Ford Motor Company, but if his career pans out like any of his previous stints, it can be assumed that Ford's future designs are in good hands.
From: Ford Media, Road & Track