Ferrari have changed the name of their 2011 F1 car on their website.
The car previously referred to as the F150 is now called the F150th Italia throughout the team’s website.
Ferrari have not officially announced the change. However it is still possible to see the original F150 designation in the cached version of the site on Google.
The move follows a legal threat by Ford, manufacturers of the F-150 pickup truck.
Update: Ferrari has issued a statement on the renaming of its car:
“On the subject of the name of the new Ferrari Formula 1 car, the Maranello company wishes to point out that it has sent a letter of reply to Ford, underlining the fact that the F150 designation (used as the abbreviated version of the complete name, which is Ferrari F150th Italia) never has, nor ever will be used as the name of a commercially available product ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ indeed there will definitely not be a production run of single-seaters.
“In fact, it has always been the case in the history of Scuderia names, that they represent the nomenclature of a racing car project and are linked to a chronological order with a technical basis, or in exceptional cases, to special occasions. This year, the decision was taken to dedicate the car name to a particularly significant event, the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy, an event of such great importance that the Italian government has declared, for this year only, a national holiday.
“For these reasons, Ferrari believes that its own contender in the forthcoming F1 championship cannot be confused with other types of commercially available vehicle of any sort whatsoever, nor can it give the impression that there is a link to another brand of road-going vehicle. Therefore it is very difficult to understand Ford?óÔé¼Ôäós viewpoint on the matter.
“Despite this and to further prove it is acting in good faith and that it operates in a completely correct manner, Ferrari has decided to ensure that in all areas of operation, the abbreviated version will be replaced at all times with the full version, Ferrari F150th Italia.”