Ferrari Loses Its Rights On Testarossa Name
Are you prepared to spend for a Testarossa electric shaver?by Kirby, on
The Ferrari Testarossa is arguably one of the most popular Ferrari models of all time. From a personal standpoint, it’s the model that first introduced me to the Prancing Horse and it’s the same model that occupied real estate space in my bedroom wall. It’s for that reason why I’m sharing this news with a heavy heart. As synonymous as the “Testarossa” name is to Ferrari, that won’t be the case moving forward after the Italian automaker lost the rights to the name. Picking up the famed name is a German toy company that builds bicycles, remote-controlled toys, and apparently, the occasional electric shaver or two.
The legal battle between Ferrari and Autec AG ultimately sided on the latter after a Dusseldorf court decided that the Prancing Horse hasn’t used the “Testarossa” name enough over the past 20 years to prevent the German toy maker to use it for its own purpose. Ferrari did argue that it continues maintenance work on the car and that should be enough for the company to keep the rights to the name. The German court didn’t it see it that way, though, so unless Ferrari appeals to a higher court in Germany (called the Oberlandesgericht) it’s looking like we’re going to need to come to terms with the realization that the Testarossa name won’t be used on a Ferrari in the foreseeable future.
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It’s a bitter taste for fans of the Ferrari Testarossa
Picking up the famed name is a German toy company that builds bicycles, remote-controlled toys, and apparently, the occasional electric shaver or two
I said in the past that of the old Ferrari names that I wanted to see the company revisit and use again, “Testarossa” was my top choice. Now it looks like the Italian automaker won’t be able to do that unless it files a motion to a higher court. I don’t know if it’s going to do that, but if it’s really serious about keeping the Testarossa name, that’s the best option they have.
I’m fully on board with this move because I don’t want Ferrari to lose the name just because it hasn’t used it enough in the past. I get it that the loophole is part of trademark laws in Europe, but still, the Testarossa name is as much Ferrari as any other name it has used in the past. I want Ferrari to fight to keep the name in its hands and I expect that it will unless I’m overestimating the name’s importance to the company.
For now, though, I think we need to brace ourselves for the reality that a modern version of the Ferrari Testarossa isn’t going to happen anytime soon. I’m disappointed that it’s come to this, but unless Ferrari acts on fighting to keep the name, we might as well resign ourselves to seeing the Testarossa name used in other products that aren’t connected to what made it famous in the first place.
On the bright side, the name just got a lot cheaper in the eyes of a lot of people. I never got close to being able to afford a Ferrari Testarossa, but now I have a chance to own a product with the Testarossa name on it at a much more affordable price. Just so happens that I’m looking for a new shaver, too...
|Type||rear, longitudinal flat-12|
|Bore/stroke||82 x 78 mm|
|Unitary displacement||411.92 cc|
|Total displacement||4943.04 cc|
|Compression ratio||9.3 : 1|
|Maximum power||385 HP @ 6,300 RPM|
|Power per liter||79 hp/l|
|Maximum torque||361 LB-FT @ 4,500 RPM|
|Valve actuation||twin overhead camshafts per bank, four valves per cylinder|
|Fuel feed||Bosch K-Jetronic mechanical injection|
|Ignition||Marelli Microplex electronic, single spark plug per cylinder|
|Top speed||290 KM/H (180 MPH)|
|Acceleration 0-60 mph||5.2 sec|
|0-400 m||13.6 sec|
|0-1000 m||24.1 sec|
Read our full review on the Ferrari Testarossa.
And this is what Autec AG is building: