Automotive startup Callum has taken a leap into the future with its electric off-roader, the Skye. The designer behind this groundbreaking vehicle is none other than Ian Callum, the renowned former styling head for Jaguar and Aston Martin. Assuredly a departure from his earlier projects, Callum's Skye offers a mix of sports-car elegance and off-road ruggedness. Built on a space-frame chassis and weighing just about 2,600 pounds, the Skye provides significant ground clearance (13.7 inches) and boasts a circa-170-mile range on a single charge. Interestingly, the vehicle's design includes a two-plus-two seating configuration, offering both practicality and comfort.
The Skye's unique space-frame, utilizing carbon-fiber links between metallic joining sections, is an exclusive Callum innovation. Its lightweight bodywork, fabricated from composite materials, pairs perfectly with the fully independent suspension system, allowing for an adjustable ground clearance feature. Harnessing power from a 42.0-kWh lithium-ion battery, an ultrafast charging variation is also in the works that promises to fully charge in just 10 minutes. The Skye aims to hit the market with a target weight of 2535 pounds, offering both an impressive 50/50 weight distribution and projected acceleration - under four seconds from a standstill to 60 mph.
Despite the luxury and advanced engineering, Ian Callum maintains that the Skye should not be pigeonholed into any existing vehicle category. This unique hybrid of a sports-car and an off-roader showcases Callum's talent for avant-garde design, blending the traditional with the potential of the future. Even though comprehensive power figures are not currently available, the target acceleration alone suggests a power output of at least 300 horsepower. Callum Skye, currently planned for a 2024 launch in Europe, certainly pioneers an untrodden path in the realm of electric vehicles.