Ex-McLaren Head of Design Mark Roberts moves to Charge Cars
Mark Roberts, one of the founding team at McLaren, has made a move from designing traditional V12 and twin turbo V8s to work on electrified classics as he joins startup automotive company Charge Cars.
Charge aims to reimagine classic vehicles, including the 60’s Mustang, with an electric powertrain and all-new high-tech updates while preserving the classic external design. The company has chosen Roberts to become the Chief Creative Officer, based in West London.
Roberts, who brings more than 30 years of experience working on the Legendary McLaren F1 and the McLaren P1 through to the new McLaren Elva, also brings a massive passion for classic car design to the company which plans to release a limited run of converted Mustangs.
“Charge has something really special and I felt it the moment I walked in the door—a spark and an energy that only a startup can have. It reminded me of when I first started at McLaren,” said Roberts. “I’ve always had a real passion for classic vehicles, and after many years working with cutting-edge technology on super cars, I love the concept of taking an iconic classic and incorporating super car technology into it whilst always respecting the original design. I’m looking forward to working on electric cars with real soul that give people a way to show their personality whilst still being mindful of their carbon footprint.”
The vehicles feature zero emissions, have a 200-mi (320-km) range, and are equipped with technologies and components from technology partner Arrival, including motors, power electronics, battery systems, intelligent software, and user interfaces. The vehicle is built using officially licensed Ford Mustang shells from the 1960s.
The fully electric Mustang features:
- Four-wheel drive (with independent wheel control)
- 0 - 60 mph (0 - 96 km/h): under 4 s
- Battery capacity: 64 kWh
- DC charging: 50 kW
- Range: 200 mi (320 km)
- Peak Power: 300 kW
- Wheel torque: 7500 N·m
- Drive: RiWD/AiWD
- Motor torque: 1200 N·m
Roberts began his career at Lotus before joining McLaren Cars as employee number nine in the McLaren F1 Design Team. During his 30-year tenure at McLaren, he led the creative direction of the McLaren F1 launch and was integral to the design of all contemporary McLaren sports cars, including the critically acclaimed McLaren P1, Senna, Speedtail, and the new Elva.
Only 499 of the electric classic will be built, with prices starting from £300,000.
For more information, visit https://charge.cars.