Henrik Fisker’s Thunderbolt is an Unauthorized Copy: Aston Martin

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Aston Martin isn’t enthusiastic about Henrik Fisker’s one-off Thunderbolt.

Fisker unveiled the Thunderbolt at Amelia Island claiming that it’s based on the Vanquish but Aston Martin alleges otherwise. The company is saying that the Thunderbolt is actually an earlier-generation DB9, or DBS model and claims that it is only linked to the newer Vanquish by name. The Thunderbolt prototype features slight variations to Aston Martin’s trademarked design features, including the wings logo and side vents, which were noted in a claim filed in Los Angeles by the automaker.

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The company is also saying that Fisker’s purported plan to sell a production version that doesn’t include some of the iconic features is a classic “bait-and-switch” scheme.

“Fisker”s bad-faith intent to free-ride off the tremendous goodwill associated with the famous Aston Martin mark, wings logo, side vent mark, and Vanquish mark could not be more transparent,” Aston Martin said.

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  • How is this ANY different than Hamann, Masonry, Brabus, Gemballa? If anything, Henrik Fisker has more credibility to do this than the others because he was the lead designer for the two main cars in Aston Martin’s stable over the last 15 years: the DB9 and the V8 Vantage.