Fisker cancels Thunderbolt project
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Aston Martin has dropped all legal action against its former design director, Henrik Fisker, regarding his Thunderbolt concept, with the latter cancelling any production plans for the car. If you like the look of the Fisker-designed, Vanquish-based Thunderbolt keep staring, because this is probably the closest you'll ever come to owning one, now that all production plans are off the table.
Fisker introduced the Thunderbolt, a restyled Aston Martin Vanquish with an upgraded interior, at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in early March.
Despite noting that the concept wasn't officially sanctioned by Aston Martin, Fisker and his collaborators, the Galpin Auto Group, which owns an Aston Martin dealership in California, planned to make a version available for purchase if there was sufficient interest. A week or so later, Aston Martin shot back with a lawsuit claiming copyright infringement over the Thunderbolt's grille, side gills and wing logo.
Moreover, the British company claimed, through its lawyers, that Galpin was lured into breaching the terms of its dealership agreement and that Fisker was attempting a "bait and switch", with the proposed production version of the Thunderbolt (red, below) featuring an altered, but still copyright infringing, design.
This, it seems, has all been settled. In a statement to the press, the three parties claimed to have "swiftly and amicably [resolved] their differences" with the result being that the Aston Martin's legal proceedings have been dropped, and that Henrik Fisker has decided not to proceed with production of Project Thunderbolt.
The statement also said that there were "misunderstandings", but that these too were resolved, and that no further comments will be made regarding the matter.