Yesterday Toro Rosso announced their new car will be called the TR7 (not STR7, interestingly). In the seventies Triumph built a notoriously unreliable sportscar with the same name.
I wonder if there are many other examples of F1 cars and road cars sharing (or almost sharing) names?
The only other such story I can think of involves Jordan’s first season in 1991, when Eddie Jordan announced he was going to call his car the 911, which obviously conflicts with Porsche. It was eventually dubbed the 191, though apparently Jordan managed to blag himself a 911 from Porsche when agreeing not to use the name!
The first one that springs to mind at the moment is the Hesketh 308, but that appeared before the Ferrari 308.
There’s last years Sauber C30, which clashes with the Volvo C30, but at the moment I can’t think of any clashes where the road car came before the F1 car (otherwise there’s a veritable field day with early Arrows’!)
Well, off the top of my head, there’s almost every early Arrows matching the Audis now: A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A8. And then the Ferrari F10 and the BMW M5 F10 (dunno why they put the F10 in that car tho…).