Future McLaren Super Cars Will Have Some Provocative Names
McLaren’s future models will no longer have numerical and alphabetic designations, as the brand moves to more exciting and provocative namesby Dim Angelov, on LISTEN 02:49
Cars are one of the human inventions that most captivated man’s imagination. This is especially true for supercars, which is why many people compare their seductive curves to those of a beautiful woman. Given that supercars (and by extension cars) can be viewed as living beings, as opposed to a means of transport, it’s only fair that they have the appropriate names.
Since McLaren returned to making road cars, their names seemed like a bit of an afterthought. The main offender was the MP4-12C, which according to some journalists sounded like it belonged to a fax machine. But all that is about to change, as McLaren recently filed trademarks for three non-numeric names.
McLaren has proven it can make some immensely capable supercars. After all, the McLaren F1 is still the fastest normally-aspirated production car, in the world. Anything that can go faster features forced induction or hybridization, which is saying something. However, for all of McLaren’s performance achievements, the brand’s model names felt like a bit of an afterthought (except F1).
After coming up with models like the 650S, 570GT, 675LT, and 720S, McLaren finally started moving away from the numeric/alphabetic method of naming its vehicles. This started with models like the Senna, Speedtail, Sabre, Elva, and Artura, and the latest trademark filings, made by McLaren, suggest that this is the way forward.
McLaren trademarked three new names – Solus, Aeron, and Aionic – under Class 12, which stands for “motor land vehicles and parts and fittings, therefore”.
There are no details regarding what type of cars will wear these names. One of them could belong to a potential upcoming model that would replace the 720S, which has been on sale since 2017.
Whatever McLaren decides to stick the nameplates on, it will not be an SUV, as the British carmaker stated it will not be entering “the lucrative super-SUV segment as Lamborghini, Aston Martin, and Ferrari”. An interesting remark, made by Caranddriver could be a hint at what one of the names could be placed on. “Solus” comes from Latin and means “alone” or “by oneself”, which could mean that McLaren may be coking a radical one-seater, similar to the Ferrari Monza SP1.
While the three potential name bearers are still a mystery, we speculate that the Solus may be a one-seater, while one of the two could be a successor to the 720S. The third potential model may place the emphasis on hybridization or even be a fully electric model. We, for once, can’t wait to find out.