A UK car hire company has created the worlds’s fastest limosine, the stretch Ferrari with a top speed of nearly 170 mph.
Essentially, the company cuts luxury cars in half and adds center sections from fiberglass, ading additional seating, at minimal additional weight.
Ferrari has ordered them to remove the Ferrari badge from the car, claiming that the scope of modifications is too significant to allow the car to be marked as being a Ferrari.
In truth, the Italian car manufacturers have a point. If someone drives into the elongated side panels, the protection afforded customers does not come up to usual Ferrari standards. The border between minor and major modifications could do with additional clarification however. Clearly, a novel paint job or furry dice does not stop a Jag from being a Jag. If one buys a car, isn’t it one’s own to do what one likes with?
The real question is whether I can be sued by the manufacturers for copyright infringement for denting the bodywork of my car due to bad parking and manouvering, or is this covered by the fair use provision?
Apparently, according to Dr. David Phillips, a similar question was heard in Rolls Royce v Dodd  FSR 517, where Mr. Dodd put a Spitfire engine into a Roller. What will the Diddymen think of next?