Soon, German consumers may be able to buy Testarossa shavers and even bicycles. Ferrari has lost the right to the Testarossa name in the country after a court ruled in favor of German toy-making company Autec.
Autec currently makes remote-controlled toys such as cars, helicopters and monster trucks, but according to German newspaper Spiegel, it had been pressuring Ferrari over the use of the “Testarossa” name. The Ferrari Testarossa exited production in 1996, but the Italian marque argued for its right to the name due to ongoing business and maintenance of the sports car. Despite the explanation, the fact that the Testarossa name hasn’t been used by Ferrari in over two decades swayed the court.
Autec has plans to use the Testarossa name for those aforementioned electric shavers and bicycles.
It’s a shocking decision, really, since Ferrari still produces and sells parts for the Testarossa. In Germany, however, this apparently wasn’t enough to hold onto the iconic nameplate by Ferrari.