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Garage producing fake Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s discovered in Brazil

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In one of the more blatant – and frankly comical - examples of infringing a brands copyright and intellectual property rights, a garage in Brazil has recently been raided and closed down by police after it was found to be producing replicas of well-known supercars from manufacturers including Ferrari and Lamborghini.

According to the Associated Press agency, the raid in the Santa Catarina state took place following a tip-off from one of the famous Italian brands. The police discovered eight vehicles in various degrees of completion, along with tools, bodywork moulds and an extremely comprehensive selection of spare parts. Brazilian police say that it’s not clear how many finished vehicles may have rolled out of the garage, or how many may already be in the hands of buyers. The father and son duo who ran the operation have been arrested on industrial property charges.

Police also reported that the replicas, dubbed by AP as ‘Fauxrraris and Shamborghinis’ were being offered for sale on various social media channels for between £38,000 to £53,000, compared with a cost (in Brazil) of around £320,000-£640,000 for a genuine car.
Brazilian police said that the cars had been documented as prototypes, adding:

But there are indications of fraud because you can’t register a homemade prototype car with a registered car logo… “it is a crime against intellectual property because of the use of the logos and the use of the industrial designs”

Following the raid, a Lamborghini spokesman said the company did not intend to prosecute but wanted to avoid the “unlawful use of rights” and stressed “the risk for customers and the public in general” presented by replicas lacking “basic safety features”.

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