Aston Martin issued legal proceedings against its former designer, Henrik Fisker, over his Thunderbolt concept, but the issue has now been amicably resolved
9 April 2015

Aston Martin has dropped its lawsuit against Fisker, which was issued after Henrik Fisker revealed his Thunderbolt design prototype.

Aston Martin had said the prototype was an unauthorised copy of Aston’s designs and was "wholly unacceptable". Aston took issue with several elements of the Thunderbolt’s styling, including its logo.

However, a joint statement has confirmed that the two sides have come to an agreement. The statement confirms that "Henrik Fisker has decided that 'Project Thunderbolt' will not be produced" and as a result "Aston Martin will withdraw the lawsuit".

The statement also confirms that the matters have all been resolved amicably and there will be no further comment.

At the time that the lawsuit was issued, a statement from Aston Martin said: “This lawsuit centres on Henrik Fisker’s creation and promotion of automobiles that Aston Martin contends infringes Aston Martin’s rights, by an improper and unauthorised attempt to exploit and free-ride off them. Aston Martin regards such conduct as wholly unacceptable and reserves all rights available at law to challenge it.”

Denmark-born Henrik Fisker is a former Aston Martin design boss and was responsible for the DB9 and the V8 Vantage. He left in 2004 to form Fisker Automotive, which was responsible for the Fisker Karma, a plug-hybrid that was launched in 2011. Fisker Automotive filed for bankruptcy in November 2013.

Fisker revealed the Thunderbolt at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in Florida in March this year. The car was described as a concept and based on the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish but did not have Aston Martin’s official endorsement. Despite this, Fisker said he would build the car to order if the demand was there.

He also said some elements of the car’s design would not make it to production if it were to be made. Production cars would not feature the 11.6in curved infotainment screen of the concept, and would get minor styling adjustments.

“I wanted to create an elegant, beautiful GT sports coupé, with pure emotional sculpture that would stay timeless,” said Fisker at the time of the Thunderbolt’s launch.

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27 March 2015
Surely Aston should be sacking their designer because all their cars look the same, and apparently, it's easy for someone else to copy their designs..!

28 March 2015
Fisker can contact David Brown, the guy who came up with a retro DB6, and use his logo's to have it ooze a bit of Aston heritage. Must be a bitter pill after what happened with Karma, the legal feud with Elon Musk and the Artega that got terminated.

27 March 2015
Surely Aston should be sacking their designer because all their cars look the same, and apparently, it's easy for someone else to copy their designs..!

27 March 2015
Reeks of the bullied kid at school picking on the little kids.

Having had Porsche steal its lunch money Aston decides to go give Fisker a kicking to make itself feel less inadequate.

27 March 2015
Why not sue Ford for its shameless copy of the grille as well?

27 March 2015
If I was Aston, I'd sue myself for every car I've made for the last 13 years being a shameless copy of the DB9

 

27 March 2015
Leslie Brook wrote:

If I was Aston, I'd sue myself for every car I've made for the last 13 years being a shameless copy of the DB9

And Mini should sue itself for Mk3 copying Mk2 copying Mk1 - I thought design involved new ideas, but evidently not according to the Mini 'designers'

27 March 2015
Bit harsh on Aston! some bloke worked for them and was paid for design so Astons rightful intellectual property. then ups and leaves and plans to make knock offs in a shed. I would sue his harris off.

27 March 2015
Isn't this basically buying an Aston and then letting Fisker coach-build a new body? Or is he claiming that it's his original design?
Which it may once have been, but is now the property of Aston Martin... Either way I feel Aston did cower down to Porsche over the GT3 affair, even though they like anyone else would seem to have fair rights to name their car based on a race series spec! And now they are in the mood to sue someone too. As someone pointed out how about suing Ford for stealing their grill and sticking it on ever lowly Ford possible. Scared of the big ish and happy to pick on the little ones.

27 March 2015
Isn't this basically buying an Aston and then letting Fisker coach-build a new body? Or is he claiming that it's his original design?
Which it may once have been, but is now the property of Aston Martin... Either way I feel Aston did cower down to Porsche over the GT3 affair, even though they like anyone else would seem to have fair rights to name their car based on a race series spec! And now they are in the mood to sue someone too. As someone pointed out how about suing Ford for stealing their grill and sticking it on ever lowly Ford possible. Scared of the big ish and happy to pick on the little ones.

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