Ferrari lost the rights to the design of the iconic 250 GTOJuly 11, 2020
Ares Design lawyers managed to convince the European Union Intellectual Property Office of Ferrari’s dishonesty and unregister 250 GTO design rights. The Italian automaker is only allowed to produce toys and large-scale copies of the cult model, but cars with the appearance of a sports car can now be made by anyone who wants.
Atelier Ares Design refers to the rule according to which the right to intellectual property can be revoked if the company has not used it in the past five years. In the case of Ferrari, we are talking about the release of cars with the design of the 250 GTO, because in 2007 the Italians received a patent for it in the “vehicles” category. However, to date, not a single machine, even remotely resembling a historical model, has appeared in the company, which has allowed it to be accused of violating patent laws.
Despite the protests of Ferrari, the department sided with Ares Design. The brand retained the right to produce toys and large-scale copies of the sports car, but practically anyone can use the design of the cult model to build a replica. It is possible that the first will be Ares Design itself. In 2018, the company showed renderings of a modern interpretation of the Ferrari 250 GTO and announced that it would release ten such cars.
The donor for the revived 250 GTO could be the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta or the more recent 812 Superfast. In the latter case, under the hood of a sports car will be a 6.5-liter V12 engine that produces 800 horsepower and 718 Nm of torque. Box – a seven-speed “robot” with two clutches.
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