Porsche has successfully stopped competitor Aston Martin from using the type “GT3” in its new limited-run V12 Vantage, unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motorshow.
When Aston Martin revealed the ‘Vantage GT3’ to the public, car lovers immediately wondered how the new name would be received in Stuttgart, home of Porsche. Not too well, it turns out.
Porsche used the “GT3” for the first time back in 1999 on a Porsche 996, and sent out there trademark lawyers to Aston Martin, stating “GT3” was theirs, and that the British luxury car brand should change the name.
Meanwhile, matters have been resolved. Aston Martin has decided not to waste valuable money on litigation, and instead opted to rename the car the Aston Martin Vantage GT12. To reinforce the message, the Aston Martin Vantage race car will also be known as the GT12 from now on.