The McLaren team is very busy, and these images of UK design brands could be our first glimpse of the next model to join the brand’s Ultimate Series lineup. To be clear, that doesn’t appear to be the Artura the British brand is teasing ahead of its upcoming debut. Autoweek from the Netherlands discovered the deposit
McLaren filed the documents for this design mark on November 5, 2019. The documents are fairly straightforward, but show the company saving this look for classes as motor cars, games and toys, displays and icons.
The design is as aggressive as you would expect from a McLaren Ultimate Series. There is a low nose with a huge divider. Tiny, curved headlights sit on either side of the front. The vented parts at the base of the windshield are likely connected to the openings in the front fairing to channel air over the roof. The sharp edges of the fenders rise above and wrap around the hood. It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but these elements can work like winglets to create downforce on the wheels.
Looking at the vehicle from the side, the cut lines of the doors penetrate deep into the roof, suggesting butterfly or butterfly openings. The rear fenders appear to rise above the wheels and then wrap around the body creating a flying buttress. On the rear deck there is a vertical spoiler that attaches to the wing. Near the base of the roof there are cut-out parts that would direct air to the engine, the powertrain liner has a variety of triangular shaped holes that likely serve to exhaust hot air.
There are black dots on either side of the back end in several of these designs. It is not clear if they could represent small vents or mesh. The exhaust comes out high enough on the tail to create space for a gargantuan diffuser.
The rear wing has a rather complex shape. There are two horizontal elements covering the entire width of the back. Each upright also has its own vertical piece which would likely aid high speed stability by cleaning up the airflow leaving the vehicle.
Sadly, this vehicle is a mystery beyond the style. Autoweek speculates that it could prove to be a spiritual successor to the P1 by being a plug-in hybrid hypercar. In 2020, McLaren filed for registration of several names for future products, possibly including this one, like Arkon, Veo and Vion.