As someone with a new 720s spider on order it will be interesting to see what Trump does with his proposed 25% tariffs on cars and parts coming into the US. Today the commerce department will give their recommendations on whether autos and parts pose a national security issue, which would allow him to impose the tariffs.
For me it would potentially add 90k to my car, which I would not pay. It would really add to the thread of depreciation for the 720. Just imagine paying the tax and the next president comes in and drops the tariffs what a mess for guys buying and paying the increased tax. Just a potential mess.
Hopefully this and the BREXIT stuff works out. If not I see major issues for mclaren here in the US.
Although on the subject of economics (and many other subjects) Trump is an imbecile, Steve Mnuchin is a smart guy. So far Steve has been successful in reining in most of Trump's kindergarten-level impulses. It's now looking like the tariff hikes on Chinese imports were a negotiating tactic rather than a strategic shift.
If Trump were to cut the UK off at the knees by slapping a huge tariff on Range Rovers, Jaguars, MINIs, Civics and McLarens, it would be seen in the UK, one of the USA's best friends in the world, as an act of deliberate and gratuitous belligerence. For better or worse, Trump has consistently manifested warm and fuzzy sentiments towards the UK, and one would be surprised if that were to lapse. Trump has stated that he would like to strike a very liberal trade deal with the UK post-Brexit.
If the UK were to end up stuck in some bloody customs union with the EU goons, there would be less protection for UK-specific car imports, but even so it feels like Trump derives more satisfaction by spitting in other directions rather than towards Europe.
I could be wrong, but when it comes to tariffs on car imports from the UK, I wouldn't expect Trump to descend to his usual depths of ignorance.