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Ferrari Not Impressed With Stretched 360

 Ferrari Not Impressed With Stretched 360
Stretched 'Ferrari' 360 Limosine

Threatens to sue

Threatens to sue

Ferrari tuning, some see it as blasphemous while some argue that everything, including prancing pony super cars, can be improved upon. Most tuning companies draw the line at new rims, over-sized rear spoilers and carbon-fibre body kits, but sometimes you come across more extremely 'tuned' cars.

One of these extreme cars is the stretched 2000 Ferrari 360 which seats 8 people and is now on sale on eBay for GBP 150,000 (Euro 195,000). This is not a collectors item, this is a business all on its own and comes with two website URL's and will cost customers GBP 700 an hour to rent. The eight carbon fibre sport seats can be accessed through two huge electric gullwing doors.

Ferrari headquarters however are not amused by this unique Ferrari and sent out their lawyers to ask Dan Cawley, the current owner, to remove all Ferrari and 360 Modena badges from the car. Reasoning behind it is that the 6 meter long limo is no longer an actual Ferrari and that he is infringing on their copyright.

Cawley asks in return via TimesOnline: “What kind of precedent does it set when you can’t do what you like with your own property?”

Published Mar 13, 2008 10:33 am By Frank de Leeuw van Weenen
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alessandro
Please tell him to make for next a jet fighter 25 feet longer and then fly it. It will be expensive, but impressive. Jss' my condolences Scuderia Ferrari! I'm sorry!
Apr 24, 2008 8:04 pm
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wael
think of it this way, many of us consider a ferrari to b a peace of art. should u purchase a dali, would u have the right to alter it in any way? (and before the lot of u say that a peace of art is unique, i have listed dali as a comparison for being one of the most amazing artists, yet highly commercial)... also note, this excessive altering affects the performance and aerodynamics of the car... let alone the image of the brand. those of u comparing it to honda or lexus, or whatever.... there is a slight difference in the brands. i say sue him for this idiotic move.
Apr 20, 2008 3:35 pm
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wael
ck314, did not read ur comment before... WORD!
Apr 20, 2008 3:21 pm
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wael
think of it this way, many of us consider a ferrari to b a peace of art. should u purchase a dali, would u have the right to alter it in any way? (and before the lot of u say that a peace of art is unique, i have listed dali as a comparison for being one of the most amazing artists, yet highly commercial)... also note, this exessive altering affects the performance and aerodynamics of the car... let alone the image of the brand. those of u comparing it to honda or lexus, or whatever.... there is a slight difference in the brands.
Apr 20, 2008 3:19 pm
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gothspeed
The guy should just rebadge it and be proud of his work.
Mar 20, 2008 6:09 pm
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ck314
oops philosophy*
Mar 16, 2008 4:22 pm
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samuelzeus
Being prideful about something is much about Ferrari but in past they used to make some cars like SuperAmerica 400, 410 superamerica(Ghia) and 412 which they were only luxurious purpose without much of sports utilities. For sure, they used to take that sort of business strategy to keep the company going. Had Ferrari made a limo at that time for the rich, no body would've surprised. Don't be too sure if they look back in the future.
Mar 16, 2008 4:04 pm
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samuelzeus
It was to pzigly
Mar 16, 2008 4:08 pm
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ck314
theres no analogy with this anyway.. the luxury ferrari's you mention were created with that phylosophy in mind, from scratch while this is simply an aberration of the original concept.. simply turn things around: would you find it logic to convert a maybach 62 into a raging racing car and leave all original logotypes on it?
Mar 16, 2008 4:21 pm
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pzigly
They still make lux cars. The 612 is a Lux car, but will crush your ribs with a touch of the gas pedal. Any Lux car they make now will turn into a sports car with the push of that race button because there is soooo much competition now. They can not make anyting less than 400hp because it is in their blood now-a-days to stay on top. I sill dont think limo is in the equation for Ferarri at all because it is not in their blood.
Mar 18, 2008 12:22 pm
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tootall
Carolinaluvr101. Great point. However I am almost sure that the people who do perform those modifications on their Nissans, would probably keep their cars almost, because that is what they wanted. They simply built them to their personal specs as they so seem fit. So I don't think that Nissan would care. Because the original owners has kept them.
Mar 15, 2008 5:47 pm
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puddingpuppet
Just a nice little example of Ferrari trying to squeeze a profit out wherever they can. It's pathetic.
Mar 15, 2008 10:54 am
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ck314
legally, ferrari would win, period.. the car might be yours but not the brand itself, which means youre not allowed to market something modified to the extreme it's become the opposite of what it was at the beginning.. in other words, you redefine your car? okay, but then rebadge it, this isnt new.. look at carlsson mercedes, gemballa porsche, and so many others, all REBADGED, so get a clue.. would you buy a picasso or a rembrandt, change it completely and leave the signature on??
Mar 14, 2008 7:44 pm
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JohnnyG
Nissan of Japan is trying to prevent people from moding the GT-R.
Mar 14, 2008 7:14 pm
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carcrazy1234
waaaaat?? u nuts man?? how will THAT work lol GTR's have been modified right when they were bought by people RIGHT when it came out from the R32 to the R34??? do u have an article on that or wut?
Mar 17, 2008 4:48 am
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carolinaluvr101
Okay so what the man did is certainly sacrilege, but Ferrari shouldn't worry about it because everyone knows that the 360 was perfectly fine and nothing like this limo when it came out. They need to stop flipping out and so should everyone else here because most people who buy Ferraris (including the person(s) who buy this THING) are not petrolheads who already know the detailed specs. on the car the day its released, but people who buy the car to say, "Hey Bob, I just bought myself a FIIRR-ARRRR-EEE to stick my silicon-filled wife in." Although not every Ferrari driver is like this, you only need to watch the numerous videos on YouTube of people crashing their Ferraris to get an idea. Also consider what people who bought Nissan Skylines did to their cars; they painted them neon, they stuck nitros on them, they rebuilt the engines (that's a really good thing!), and they put on the most preposterous body kits on them. Yet, Nissan never let out a peep... only they did built the GT-R which cannot be tuned as easily. Sorry if that offended anyone!
Mar 14, 2008 6:53 pm
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unknownuser
If Ferrari would win this law suit it would set precedence for every Automaker and the Owners of any vehicle. This would mean that you with your Honda Accord could not tint the windows in fear of a lawsuit. Or add anything aftermarket what so ever to you any vehicle that did not have that Automaker’s trademark badge. An even better example, if you put aftermarket non Ferrari wheels on YOUR super sports car with out Ferrair’s written consent. Ferrari could and will sue you. This is will hurt the aftermarket companies and more important us as car owners, because we would have to pay high dollar prices for trademark approved accessories. This also would allow Ferrari to sue anyone that is selling one in other than original factory condition. Overall this might hurt Ferrari sales with owners fearing lawsuits.
Mar 14, 2008 6:44 pm
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JohnnyG
Joe_Limon- Yes, but those modified Ferrari's that we always see had Ferrari's permission/approval to do so. The guy is marketing this as " The world’s first and only Stretched Ferrari F1 360 Limousine". The car is sitting on a new chassis by the way, not the original. He is making a profit off of this and it's wrong.
Mar 14, 2008 6:24 pm
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pzigly
Sry for grammer mistake. I wanted to put idio..t, but website wouldnt let me lol
Mar 14, 2008 6:12 pm
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pzigly
If the guy said that this is a "genuine" 360 then he is an moron and/or looking for trouble and he should be sued. He needs to change it to custom 360.
Mar 14, 2008 6:10 pm
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JohnnyG
This is on his limo companies website and also has its own dedicated website. The guy is practically marketing this car as the first "genuine" Ferrari 360 Modena stretch limo. Only way it would be genuine is if it were made by Ferrari. So yes, Ferrari has every right to file a lawsuit.
Mar 14, 2008 5:58 pm
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pzigly
I agree that this Ferarri is ruined, but most people who buy a Ferarri do not use it to its full potential anyway. They just use it to cruise and show off to stand out. This is the ultimate showoff cruiser and will stand out among all other limos. What is the point of debadging, everyone knows it was a Ferarri. Blind people will will even know its a Ferarri once they hear it. Unlike music this guy cant mass produce these limos like a remix, and collect the profit which can reduce sales of the original song. He only has one, and when he sells it to some guy in Dubai (lol) its not like Ferarri will loose out on any type of sale. Whoever buys this will want a limo or a show off toy, not a sports car. Who ever wants a sports car will buy a Ferarri not a Ferarri limo. They are 2 different demographics. Ferarri shouldn't even worry about this. EVERYONE KNOWS THAT FERARRI DONT MAKE LIMOS. Everyone knows that this is custom and not affiliated with Ferarri.
Mar 14, 2008 5:56 pm
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samuelzeus
Hi pzigly, I guess you've gotta know that much of stereotype may not apply to car industry anymore just as you know that Porsche made suv and making luxurious four door sports. Then Ferrari can make whatever like sports limo in the future.
Mar 15, 2008 5:51 am
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pzigly
Porsche made an SUV and 4dr, but its a very sporty SUV and a very sporty car. I dont think Ferrari will ever start making limos. There is nothing sporty about them except maybe that it would go fast in a straight. Ferrari pride them selves on handling. They dont need to think about anything other than sports cars. They make enough money and they are not owned by anyone that will make them create one. Ferrari makes more money on products than profits from cars. They are too prideful to make a limo. For Ferrari making a limo is like selling out. To me if Ferrari makes a limo it will be like killing your favorite super hero.
Mar 15, 2008 9:25 am
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dmanero
roadrunner - what are you 5. This is a degrace to Ferrari. If you say this is the best looking Ferrari you have seen, you eith have no taste or have no cool what the line up is of Ferrari.
Mar 14, 2008 3:13 pm
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phobos
why does ferrari need a hyper limo? sue this guy..he destroyed a very decent ferrari 360
Mar 14, 2008 3:04 pm
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