We here at Car and Driver we have mentioned many times in the first Greek hypercar which we actually had the opportunity to do to accompany you and convey our impressions to you. We are referring obviously in the creation of Dimitris KorreProject 4, which incorporates a revolutionary suspension system thanks to which he can move quickly and efficiently on every surface.
The idea of Dimitris Korre caused quite a bit of talk from the first moment it was introduced, while the comments he received from the four-time world champion were laudatory Tommi Makinen who had the opportunity to drive it to its… natural environment.
Unfortunately Korres Project 4 it never went into production. However, what the resourceful Greek did not succeed in, it seems that he will succeed former Aston Martin and Jaguar designer Ian Callum;whose company recently presented the Skye, a vehicle that is quite reminiscent of the Greek supercar.
And we say it reminds us why Callum’s proposal may make big off-road promises, but it doesn’t have it innovative suspension system built from scratch by Dimitris Korres and his colleagues, allowing the Project 4 chassis to increase or decrease the ground clearance up to 40 cm at the touch of a switch. It is a revolutionary, completely mechanical, without any hydraulic mechanism, active suspension system where all wheels are interconnected
The Callum company was founded in 2019 by the experienced designer and a group of close associates. Her first creation was a restomod version of her Aston Martin Vanquish, which was designed by Callum himself. When Vanquish 25 was introducedas it was called, the famous designer promised that the next project will have a completely different approach and made sure he was consistent in his statement.
According to the renderings that were made public a few weeks ago, but also from the positions of the British designer, the Callum Skye it is a vehicle that stands out with its sporty silhouette and increased ground clearance which allows it to move quickly and efficiently away from the tarmac. Which is exactly what it was designed to do Korres Project 4.
Skye’s originals will begin testing within the first quarter of 2024. Essentially we are talking about a luxurious four-seater that combines design cues from a supercar and from a massive off-roader. Its length is 4.0 m., width 1.9 m., while the weight distribution is 50/50.
Note that the rear windshield can be removed and to be transformed into a small pick-up where the cart will fit, for example, the basic equipment of a skier. It is especially the glass panels at the bottom of the doors which we saw a few years ago in McLaren Senna and offer better visibility to the driver.
In contrast with Korres Project 4 here we have a drive system consisting of electric motors, mounted on the axles. Details of the total power have not been released but it is estimated that will be close to 300 PS, while the energy will be provided by lithium ion battery with a capacity of 42 kWh, offering a range of approximately 270 km. According to the manufacturer, customers will be able to choose optional a more advanced battery which will “wear” in less than 10 minutes of charging.
From now on the extensive use of carbon will keep the weight of the electric vehicle down and is not expected to exceed 1,150 kg, while the acceleration for 0-100 km/h will come in less than 4.0 sec. THE independent posting it will be available in two settings. The first will aim at the top off road performance while the second will be set to respond both when Skye moving on asphalt but also when he goes out.
In the coming months, when the Callum Skye start testing, we will have the opportunity to learn more about its specifications. We will also learn details about the interior which until today has not been revealed and all we know is the arrangement of 2 and 2 seats.
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