Currently reading: Ferrari and Italian charity in court over use of 'Purosangue' name
Firm's first SUV could be due a new moniker as anti-doping organisation fights for exclusivity

Ferrari has become embroiled in a legal dispute with a charity organisation over its plan to use the name ‘Purosangue’ for its first SUV

The name, meaning ‘thoroughbred’ or ‘pure blood’, was confirmed for Maranello’s Porsche Cayenne rival in 2018, but has been used by an Italian anti-doping charity called The Purosangue Foundation since 2013.

According to a Financial Times report, the car maker claims that the charity has not made enough commercial use of its name to claim exclusivity, and has opened legal proceedings in Bologna to attempt to obtain the right to use the name.  

The smaller brand registered Purosangue as a trademark in 2013, and later blocked Ferrari’s attempt to trademark the name itself when the first details of the SUV were made public. 

An attorney for The Purosangue Foundation told the FT that the charity has a branding partnership in place with clothing brand Adidas, which constitutes ongoing use of the Purosangue brand. 

Ferrari has turned to the law to protect its brand image on several occasions. In 2014, the company sent music producer Deadmau5 a cease and desist notice after he painted his 458 in a distinctive paint scheme inspired by a viral video. 

Read more

Ferrari's 2022 rapid luxury SUV detailed by technical boss

The greatest Ferraris ever tested by Autocar​

Ferrari to slow range expansion in 2020

Felix Page

Felix Page
Title: News and features editor

Felix is Autocar's news editor, responsible for leading the brand's agenda-shaping coverage across all facets of the global automotive industry - both in print and online.

He has interviewed the most powerful and widely respected people in motoring, covered the reveals and launches of today's most important cars, and broken some of the biggest automotive stories of the last few years. 

Join the debate

Add a comment…
jagdavey 3 February 2020

It will obviously look nothing like the rendering.......

When aston Martin first showed off the concept DBX it was a jagged up 2 door coupe. The reality production car looked more like a "proper" SUV. The same will happen to Ferrari's new SUV, this rendering is nothing near what the real car will look like.


JMax18 3 February 2020

Fear not Prancing Horse fans,

Fear not Prancing Horse fans,

Its not difficult to work out which has more money; Ferrari or an anti-doping charity. And its unclear how a charity will benefit the government.

Thats how things work in Italy.