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McLaren Trademarks Suggest Future Cars Won’t Get Alphanumeric Names

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  • McLaren has submitted trademark applications for three new names with the U.K’s Intellectual Property Office, as first reported by Carbuzz.
  • The three names are Solus, Aeron, and Aonic, and all have been filed in the Motor Vehicles category.
  • These new names could end up being used for the successor to the 720S and McLaren’s future electrified supercars.

Since McLaren Automotive started building road cars in 2011, most of its supercars have been given complex alphanumeric names. The first modern McLaren Automotive supercar was the MP4-12C, with that mouthful shortened to 12C after a year. The 12C was followed by a slew of supercars with hard-to-remember monikers, such as the 650S, 570GT, 765LT, and 620R. But recently McLaren has started using real names such as Senna, Elva, Speedtail, and Artura. Now it appears that McLaren is ditching the alphabet-soup names for good, with the British supercar firm submitting trademark applications for three new names with the United Kingdom’s Intellectual Property Office, as first reported by Carbuzz.

The three names McLaren is seeking to protect are Solus, Aeron, and Aonic. All three trademark applications have been filed under Class 12, which is for “motor land vehicles and parts and fittings therefor.” There are no other details in the applications to indicate what sort of vehicles these names might belong to, but they are likely to be for all-new models unrelated to McLaren’s current offerings, although they could be used on a special edition like the Senna-based Sabre.

McLaren has said in the past that it will not enter the lucrative super-SUV segment as Lamborghini, Aston Martin, and Ferrari have done, and any other four-door body style is also likely out of the question. The 720S has been on sale since 2017 and could be due for a replacement soon, and at least one of these nameplates could end up on a hybrid or fully electric supercar. Solus, a term often used in stage directions, comes from Latin and means alone or by oneself, and it could perhaps end up on a hard-core single-seater in the same vein as the Ferrari Monza SP1.

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