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As Seen in James Bond: The Jaguar C-X75 by CALLUM

The Jaguar C-X75, one of only four surviving stunt cars from the James Bond movie Spectre, has been re-engineered and enhanced by CALLUM

CALLUM, a British design and engineering house, has substantially re-engineered a Jaguar C-X75 used in Spectre’s dramatic car chase to make it road-legal. It made its public debut on 21 April at the Bicester Heritage Scramble.

Originally created by the Jaguar Design team, led by Ian Callum in 2010, the Jaguar C-X75 played a starring role in 007’s action sequences filmed in the Vatican City. Four of the stunt cars survived with this particular chassis, Car Seven, the only one now licenced for UK road use after extensive work by CALLUM’s engineers.

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Williams Advanced Engineering built the C-X75 stunt cars for the 2015 film, designing them to withstand punishing chase scenes. Constructed around a robust, tubular spaceframe chassis with rally-derived suspension and Jaguar’s 5.0 litre, supercharged V8 engine, CALLUM’s private customer commissioned the Warwick-based team to transform the C-X75 for road use whilst carefully preserving its iconic history.

To achieve the Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) certification needed for UK road use, CALLUM’s engineers made hundreds of changes including new E-marked glass, switchgear, a quieter exhaust and catalytic convertors along with associated engine calibration tuning.

Having previously achieved IVA for other niche cars not originally destined for the road, such as Aston Martin’s DB4 GT Continuation Series, CALLUM has accumulated significant experience to develop low volume, novel engineered solutions.

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Meticulous Restoration and Enhancement of Jaguar C-X75 by CALLUM

Examples on the C-X75 include creating new wing mirrors with integrated side repeaters to replace the foam models used on the stunt car. In addition to satisfying the legislative requirements, CALLUM’s craftspeople sought solutions to improve the quality of the bodywork and fittings.

The team removed surplus quick-release latches, which were essential for access during filming. They reduced and aligned the panel gaps, enhanced the carbon fibre surface finish, and carefully resurfaced and repainted the car.

Praise for the original stunt car C-X75 focused on its taut body control, sharp steering, and agility. CALLUM engineering director Adam Donfrancesco led the in-house engineers. They retained the car’s fluid and engaging driving dynamics by making detailed but minor adjustments to dampers and ride height.

“Stunt cars are arguably the true stars. They bring to life the legendary scenes that stay with us as car enthusiasts,” says Donfrancesco.

“So few actually survive the rigours of filming. Preservation was key whilst meeting the legislation and it’s great we can reveal it to the enthusiastic Scramblers.

“Ian Callum and CALLUM have been long-time supporters and friends of Bicester Heritage. So, we are happy to be able to showcase their latest work on the C-X75. It is surely one of the finest chapters in his impressive back catalogue. And to see it on the road would be an unforgettable sight,” says Dan Geoghegan, chief executive, Bicester Motion.

About CALLUM

CALLUM is a design and engineering business. It creates and crafts its own bespoke and limited-edition products, and provides consultancy and services to partners and third parties.

Combining progressive design with engineering that pushes boundaries, CALLUM’s products and services span automotive, lifestyle, and travel.

CALLUM takes a collaborative approach. It brings together a team of 20+ talented individuals with experience across art, audio, automotive, fashion and motorsport. As well as embracing opportunities to collaborate with other businesses.

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Striving to build a legacy through innovative design and engineering, CALLUM takes on projects that intrigue and excite. In that way, creating stories that stir the imagination.

Established in July 2019, CALLUM’s founding members include British designer Ian Callum CBE. He is admired for his prolific automotive work that includes the Aston Martin Vanquish.

Through its Next Generation initiative, CALLUM strives to support and nurture young minds and talent. In that way, fostering an environment that encourages peer-to-peer learning to ensure CALLUM remains relevant, progressive, and true to its roots.

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