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Ferrari slams replica makers following the arrest of 8 people in Spain [video]

Replicas were being sold for 40,000 euros

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but Ferrari begs to differ as they're fed up with unlicensed replicas.

Noting the recent arrest of eight people in Spain who built 17 replicas of the F430 and 458 Italia, Ferrari says the cars are not copies but "forgeries pure and simple." The company goes on to say the replicas are on "par with those fake Hermes bags sold in the streets."

While Ferrari appears a bit tickled by the fact that only one would buy a replica just to be associated with the Prancing Horse, their message is clear as they stated "If you really want a Ferrari, knock on the door of a Maranello dealership, to be found in 62 countries around the world with over 200 dealers: there you are bound to find the real car of your dreams."

Source: Ferrari
Published Aug 5, 2013 5:00 pm By Michael Gauthier
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Forgeries not copies

Maranello, 1 August – While it’s true that even a Ferrari can be seen as a work of art, that might be stretching the point somewhat in the case of the eight people recently arrested in Spain for having set up an organisation to make fake upmarket cars including Ferraris and then selling them on the Internet at knock down prices when compared to the originals. No less than 17 fake Prancing Horse 458 Italias and F430s were discovered in two workshops in Algamese and Albalat dels Sorells and they were immediately dismantled by the authorities. In this instance it’s not a case of copies but just forgeries pure and simple, on a par with those fake Hermes bags sold in the streets.

Is there a market for these cars? Apparently so, which goes to show that the urge to own a Ferrari is very strong and widespread. This incident, not the first of its kind, confirms the importance of the role of the official Prancing Horse sales network and its relationship with potential customers. If you really want a Ferrari, knock on the door of a Maranello dealership, to be found in 62 countries around the world with over 200 dealers: there you are bound to find the real car of your dreams.

*In the history of painting there are many stories about forgeries, which have now become valuable because they reproduce the original paintings, that became masterpieces. Those artists who, without any original artistic ideas of their own are known as copyists and specialise in repeatedly painting various subjects, or more simply specific themes.

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123ekap
WOW... These one maybe have the reliability of a Toyota and less chance of catching fire
Sep 20, 2013 2:24 am
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DavidHenderson
Ferrari needs to mind it's own business and improve it's cars. Replica companies prove Ferrari's are not worth the $300k-$500k+ prices. What exactly are you getting for such a high when people off the street can reproduce the same car? Your just getting a name. That's all. Look at the interior of the Ferrari - IT'S AN ALMOST BARREN CAR. What a joke! For $300-$400k-$500k I should get a roaring beast that cracks glass and goes from 0-60 in 1.5 seconds with the interior rivaling the most expensive Lexus. Instead they are just coasting on the name and making gradual improvements. Please! I'm not a spoiled heir born with a golden spoon. I was born poor and had to earn my millions! If I spend $400k I expect to get more than just a name! And that goes without mentioning the repair costs! $15,000.00 for a clutch system, $2000 for an oil change. Why don't I just throw my hard earned money down the toilet? No way. I have a replica Ferrari on order right now from overseas with a V-12 engine! The Total cost is $70,000.00 door to door and the repairs will be just like a normal car! People will THINK it's a Ferrari and that's all that matters. I didn't spend 20 years getting rich to piss my money away. Make a car that counterfeiters CAN'T copy Ferrari! JUSTIFY your high asking prices! THAT is what you should be focusing on! Not enlisting the police AT THE TAXPAYERS EXPENSE to destroy fake cars which in and of itself PROVES that your cars are not worth the asking price because they have not evolved enough. Come on Ferrari. Make a car that clearly stands out as a fake. Once that happens people will stop buying fakes and start laughing at them EXACTLY the same as what happened in the 1980's when these fake cars first came on the market. Ferrari - grow or die. Evolve or die. Until you create a car that justifies your high asking prices I will NOT be buying a $400k Ferrari. I will be buying a $70,000.00 top of the line replica. Many "rich" people feel the same way. Those of us who did not have nice mommies and daddies and born with a golden spoon in our mouth are even preferring replicas even though we can easily "afford" the real thing. That is what should worry you Ferrari and cause you to spring into action and focus on IMPROVING YOUR CARS - not tattle taleing to call the police on some guys working out of some warehouse or garage.
Sep 15, 2013 8:38 pm
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PompanoTechie
where u can get good replica now?
Sep 19, 2013 4:06 pm
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jamsbong
ROFL! It is a Corolla underneath. a 1.8L FWD.
Aug 7, 2013 11:48 am
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docstef75
You can copy the shape of a car but you will never have it's essence, so, to stand out from the crowd: 1) a POOR guy doesn't need a bad copy of a Ferrari. He needs a better job and better life conditions. 2) for 40.0000 euros or less you can buy a REAL Ferrari ( look at the price of a testarossa, for example). 3) you all have to remember that create unlicensed replicas is a crime, justly, and Ferrari has done the right thing.
Aug 6, 2013 11:49 am
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sensei
So, Ferrari doesn`t sell performance. It sells an identity for those who lack the capacity to make one for themselves. Got it.
Aug 8, 2013 6:58 am
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docstef75
You have undrestood anyting. Some days ago i have read here about an aston martin db4 rebuilded with a 3D printer. During last Mille Miglia i've spoken with two pilot driving a db 4 and i saw the car very close: it was marvelous. The copy of that car may have the same shape, but will never have the essence of an autentic db 4. This concept is true for all car. When you buy (if you can afford the price) a Ferrari, a Porsche, a Lamborghini, a mclaren,.ecc... You buy not only performance and design, but a piece of history of that brand. To achieve that you must have an original car, not a copy. At the end a provocation for you: if Ferrari sell an identity for those who lack the capacity to make one for themselves, why a person with an identity need to stole the identity of a ferrari ?
Aug 13, 2013 5:49 pm
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porsche6616
someone should make this replica in China where Ferrari can't do much about it...
Aug 6, 2013 12:20 am
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hata0101
wow...they've got Toyota's reliability under the hood! LOL
Aug 5, 2013 9:30 pm
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benzboy
you know the upside to owning a Ford Pinto over a Ferrari? At least when the Pinto caught fire, you weren't out almost a half a million bucks or more. Reality what a concept.
Aug 5, 2013 8:44 pm
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benzboy
Ferrari's are overpriced, high maintenance bitches, whose lady parts seem to suffer from an STD as they are always catching on fire LMAO. Ferrari you have worse problems than this. By a vowel and get a clue!!
Aug 5, 2013 8:34 pm
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sensei
There is an "F" word associated with Ferraris that no one ever likes to talk about - Fragile.
Aug 8, 2013 6:56 am
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Han Solo
Ferrari stop being Selfish and Snobbish... you know this wont affect your Sales and your IPR at any level...People make replicas because they cant afford the real thing...Please don't destroy the dreams of many youngsters out there who can barely make ends meet...Just because they are POOR, it doesn't mean that they can't make their DREAMS come true... 1/3 of the world's population lives below the Poverty line...if I were you, I would applaud their effort rather than bringing them to court...SHAME ON YOU FERRARI...but then again you only care about the other half of the world population don't you??? the Rich Half...
Aug 5, 2013 8:23 pm
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Wuhgqvv9
For starters, they only care about the rich half because thats their market, in the same way Dacia only care about the poor half and could give a rats ass about the rich. Secondly, if youngsters who can barely make ends meet spend 40k euros on a Ferrari replica then they deserve to barely make ends meet. Thirdly, its not Ferrari's fault that 1/3 of the worlds population lives below the poverty line. If anything, the world debt is created by the lack of self control of consumers who are spending credit they can neither afford nor control. So your argument for Ferrari being selfish is flawed to say the least, they are a business, why should they share their products and brand for free?
Aug 6, 2013 5:25 pm
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sensei
It is not Ferrari`s responsibility to cater to markets that are not their clientele nor is it their responsibility for the world economic situation. However, your peddling some obviously discredited Libertarian bullshiiit when you say that it is the poor`s fault for the current state of world debt. When a miner in West Virgina causes the collapse of the banking system in Luxembourg, then your fantasy will finally have some merit. Until then, multi-national banks will continue to profit, thrive, and demand debt - a system fueled by bankers/brokers who lack any self-control because that hampers their short term profits. So, put the blame where it belongs - on those who actually have power.
Aug 8, 2013 6:55 am
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Han Solo
Are you for real Mr. Wuhgqvv9???...Are you actually blaming the Poor for the current state of world debt and Global Financial Crisis???...My God..I've heard that Ignorance is Bliss...now I'm actually seeing it...let's crucify the Poor and glorify the Rich and Powerful like we always do...Brother, I was just making fun of Ferrari for being so cheap...so what if a few Automotive Enthusiasts build replicas...If at all, Ferrari should be grateful that people are still interested in them after all the Spontaneous Vehicle Combustion (SVC) incidents ...grow up Ferrari...be a Socially responsible Company...
Aug 11, 2013 8:13 pm
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ErtahazHossain
They certainly look good and sound surprisingly great!
Aug 5, 2013 7:38 pm
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oziseb
Credit where it's due - not bad efforts!
Aug 5, 2013 7:25 pm
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SnakesInMyPants
I bet these replicas won't catch fire though.
Aug 5, 2013 7:12 pm
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tomi.ro
One can buy a stock Nissan GTR 90k euro, slam a Ferrari shell for 40 k euro and beat the living sh*t out of their pretty prancing horsie, no other tuning involved. Imagine how much profits is Ferrari making. The real rice for a Ferrari would be max 100.000
Aug 5, 2013 5:41 pm
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IGoSlow
"If you really want a Ferrari, knock on the door of a Maranello dealership" Errrr, for what? to buy some merchandising ? People make these things because they cant afford the real thing. Saying that, 40k euro?! Id expect some genuine ferrari parts in that!
Aug 5, 2013 5:15 pm
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