Ferrari renames its F1 car F150th Italia, avoids Ford lawsuit

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 10, 2011

As you may know already, 4WheelsNews focused these days on the 2011 Chicago Auto Show but another hot subject draw our attention: Ford decided to fill a lawsuit today against luxury sports car maker Ferrari and over the F-150 name.

Apparently, Ford said that the name of Ferrari’s latest F1 car called ‘F150’ was way too close to the F-150 name which describes one of the most popular pickup trucks on the market, and honestly we do understand them.

But it appears that Ferrari made a smart move today when it announced tat the new F1 car will be named F150th Italia.

Apparently, Ferrari sent a letter to Ford saying that the F150 designation never has, nor ever will be used as the name of a commercially available product and there will definitely not be a production run of single-seaters.

The F1 car got that name due to the fact that the company celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy, an event of such great importance that the Italian government has declared, for this year only, a national holiday.

For these reasons, Ferrari believes that its own contender in the forthcoming F1 championship cannot be confused with other types of commercially available vehicle of any sort whatsoever, nor can it give the impression that there is a link to another brand of road-going vehicle. Therefore it is very difficult to understand Ford’s viewpoint on the matter.Despite this and to further prove it is acting in good faith and that it operates in a completely correct manner, Ferrari has decided to ensure that in all areas of operation, the abbreviated version will be replaced at all times with the full version, Ferrari F150th Italia.” said the press release.

Topics: ferrari, f1 car

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