Why a visionary loves looking at the back - meet McLaren’s ...


Why a visionary loves looking at the back - meet McLaren’s design supremo

We chat to Rob Melville about technical sculptures, a ‘supercar in a tracksuit’, and what he has up his sleeve

Mark Smyth

Frank Stephenson is a legend in automotive design. In his career he penned the new Mini while head of design at BMW, where he was also responsible for the X5. 

At Ferrari he designed the F430 and then, at Fiat, the reborn 500. Then he went to McLaren Automotive where he penned its first model, the MP4-12C, among others. Those are some very big shoes to fill and the man doing so is Rob Melville, now design director for McLaren.

Melville joined the company in 2009, becoming the chief designer in 2015 and director of design in 2017 when Stephenson left McLaren. In his early years with the company he was involved in the design of the P1 hypercar...

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