Robert Melville to Take Over as McLaren’s Design Director

The resurgence of McLaren Automotive came from groundbreaking technology, which went hand-in-hand with groundbreaking design.

One of the minds that contributed to the company’s “form follows function” design philosophy was Robert Melville, a Senior Designer with a hand in the 650S, 675LT and P1, and credited as the lead in creating the 570S and 720S. For his much acclaimed work, he is being promoted to Design Director in the absence of Frank Stephenson.

Stephenson leaves in his wake some of the most incredible automotive designs of this millennium. His previous notable work came for Ferrari-Maserati, as he oversaw the dramatic Maserati MC12, the Ferrari F430, the Maserati GranTurismo and a handful of others. He later transitioned into leading the revival of McLaren Automotive, taking on the new range of McLarens and even designing the livery for our P1 GTR. Stephenson is rumored to be moving on to return to Mini as chief designer, where he worked more than a decade ago.

Melville will now take over and oversee the creation of more than a dozen new McLaren models in the next handful of years, as outlined in the company’s “Track22” plan that sets the company’s model-line course from now through 2022.