Blaton wanted his F40 LM to be absolutely unique so his F40 ended up with its roof chopped off, a modified rear spoiler, altered bodywork, side exhausts and a competition windshield. Repainted in yellow, the car was christened as Ferrari F40 LM “Barchetta.”
Ferrari was unhappy with the sacrilege and sent a cease-and-desist letter ordering him to remove all Ferrari badges and markings. Ferrari refused to acknowledge the car’s existence and also Jean Blaton was also blacklisted from attending official Ferrari track days.
Ferrari is going to introduce its first-ever SUV named Purosangue, which is Italian for ‘thoroughbred’. However, a small anti-doping charity organization called Purosangue Foundation has been using that name since 2013, creating a direct conflict with Ferrari.
While Ferrari acknowledged that The Purosangue Foundation trademarked the name first, it claimed that the small charity did not make enough use of its trademark over the past five years to bar Ferrari from using the name. Absurd, right? Well, Ferrari won.
When Ferrari doesn’t shy away from sending cease-and-desist letters to its owners for something trivial, imagine how the Italian manufacturer will respond to someone trying to copy its design.
Back in 2016, Mansory had introduced the 4XX Siracusa body kit for the Ferrari 488 GTB with many design elements seemingly inspired by the Ferrari FXX-K, which Ferrari considered a rip-off. After five long years, a judgment was finally passed in Ferrari’s favor.
Case in point, German fashion designer Phillipp Plein was sued by Ferrari when he posted a picture of a pair of sneakers designed by him placed on his apple-green Ferrari 812 Superfast.
The Italian marque said he was wrongly using the supercar to add value to his products, and elevate his status as a designer. Additionally, the Ferrari’s legal council also added that he was using the brand’s trademark with a lifestyle totally inconsistent with its brand perception".
Plein lost and was ordered to pay €300,000 (around $340,000) in damages and €25,000 (approximately $28,300) in legal fees.
Canadian electronic music producer Joel Thomas Zimmerman, is known for his trolling skills; he even developed a serious reputation for slapping very expensive supercars with crazy wrap designs, which is what rubbed Ferrari in the wrong way.
Back in 2014, Deadmau5 kitted out his Ferrari 458 is a Nyancat-inspired theme with a special name – Purrari. He then put it for sale on Craigslist, which is when Ferrari decided it was enough. The renowned DJ was immediately sent a letter of cease-and-desist.