One can argue that a car named after a racing driver could just be a marketing stunt, However, some of these cars do come with an impressive spec sheet that it honors the name that it carries at the same time. While some names like Michael Schumacher was not so lucky to get an impressive car named after him just yet, here are five supercars that were named after famous racing drivers.
Bugatti VeyronWhen the Veyron first appeared, it immediately became the automotive media's sweetheart. It may not be the prettiest car around, but it does host a range of great figures. Powered by an 8.0-liter, quad-turbocharged, W16 engine, it produces the infamous 1,001PS which allowed it to snatch the Fastest Production Car title at 408km/h back then. Not to forget, 0-100 only took 2.46 seconds. But did you know that the car was actually named after a French Grand Prix motor racing driver, Pierre Veyron? Started off as an engineering student, his friend convinced him to take on racing which led him to winning the 1930 Geneva Grand Prix in a Bugatti Type 37A. Not long after, Veyron was hired by Jean Bugatti, son of Bugatti founder Ettore Bugatti, to be their test driver and development engineer. He also raced under Bugatti's brand, winning many races like the 1933 and 1934 Berlin Avus, as well as the 1939 24 Hours of Le Mans. During WW2, Veyron joined the French Resistance which earned him the Legion of Honour in 1945. A badass, this guy is.
Bugatti ChironYes, it is another Bugatti in the list. Louis Chiron might not be known by many but this guy does wonders in a Bugatti back when he was racing. Chiron made a name for himself on many occasions, especially when he was the only Monegasque driver to have ever scored points in an F1 race, as well as getting a podium. But it was not long until he was joined by another Monegasque in the name of Charles LeClerc after the young racer scored his F1 point in the 2018 Azerbaijan GP, and the first podium in the 2019 Bahrain GP. The Bugatti Chiron is an amazing piece of engineering as well. Being the successor to the record-breaking Veyron, the Chiron still gets the 8.0L W16 with quad turbos, but it has been updated to produce 1,500PS. With a 0-100 time in just 2.4 seconds, the Chiron will keep on gaining speed until it reaches its electronically-limted top speed of 420km/h. Nice.
Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss
Stirling Moss tests a Maserati 250F (photo: Maserati SpA)Sir Stirling Craufurd Moss is one of the names that requires no further introduction in motor racing. The British racing driver won 212 of the 529 races he took part in, which had also paved his way into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. Strangely enough even with such achievements, it had led him being described as “the greatest driver never to win the World Championship”. His racing career kicked off in 1948 and went on to race in various championships until 1962. Over those years, he drove 84 different makes of cars, and as many as 62 races in a single year! Back in the days, he was the English driver with the most F1 victories, until Nigel Mansell overtook him. Moss' relationship with Mercedes is no secret as he drove for the Silver Arrows for quite a number of years in the 50's. Achieving wins and podiums in the 300 SLR, it was a nice gesture from Mercedes to dedicate the final version of the modern road-going SLR as the Stirling Moss edition.
SLR Stirling Moss McLaren (Z199) 2009Unlike the standard SLR, the SLR Stirling Moss is instantly distinguishable from its speedster styling that omits the roof and windscreen. The car was inspired by Moss' 300 SLR car and is about 200kg lighter than the regular model. The changes however was not limited to only the looks as the 5.4-liter SLR AMG V8 also gets a boost of power to 660PS. This allows it to go from 0-100 in 3 seconds, and a top speed of 350km/h.