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Fisker Sues Aston Martin After Company Called Force 1 Concept a Ripoff

Aston Martin and Fisker continue to butt heads.

Aston Martin and Fisker continue to butt heads.

Before starting his own car company, Henrik Fisker was the design director for Aston Martin, having designed the DB9 and V8 Vantage. Despite his roots with the British automaker, Fisker has filed a $100 million USD civil extortion lawsuit against Aston Martin, stating that the automaker hopes to prevent him from showing a new supercar at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.

“Aston Martin’s trying to intimidate me to prop up their own flailing company and to mask their financial and product deficiencies,” Fisker said in a statement on Monday. “I refuse to be intimidated, and that is the reason for today’s filing.”

The vehicle in question is the Force 1, which Aston alleges shares a similar design to the Aston Martin DB10, which was used in the latest James Bond movie, “Spectre.” Fisker teased a sketch of the vehicle last month, with plans to start producing the sub-$300,000 USD supercar in April this year.

Aston Martin attorney David Kelly sent a letter to Fisker on Dec. 23, stating that the Force 1 design sketch was “strikingly similar” to the DB10, but did note that Aston Martin does “not know what the final version” of the vehicle in question will look like. However, this isn’t the first time the two parties have been involved in a lawsuit. In March of last year, Aston Martin sued Fisker over the Thunderbolt supercar that was based off the Vanquish. The suit was ultimately settled when Fisker dropped his plans a month later.

This time around, Fisker, who is seeking $100 million USD in damages for civil extortion, has asked the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California to determine just how similar Fisker’s designs are to Aston Martin’s trademarks.

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