McLaren has found itself in the spotlight at the Goodwood Festival of Speed: because it unveiled the tasty looking McLaren 570S Spider, because it announced a fourth year of profits from six years of existence, at a healthy and much envied 10% plus margin, and because, as I write this, Ron Dennis - Mr McLaren to a generation who don’t recall the original - is splitting from the team he made great again.

In the shade of all that, the revelation that the 570S Spider will likely become McLaren’s best-selling model seems somewhat overwhelmed, but it is a statistic that is worth dwelling on because it not only bucks an industry trend of declining convertible sales but also raises the prospect of a supercar maker’s most popular model being open-roofed, something that was unthinkable even a decade ago because of all the compromises a drop-top brought to the party.