The German firm claims it has exclusive rights to use the GT3 name for road cars and took issue with Aston Martin following the launch of the Vantage GT3 at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
Aston Martin does not agree: it feels GT3 is a generic term for road cars which defines a certain range of characteristics – rather like Sport, GTI and R.
GT3 is also a recognised FIA motor racing category; it’s Aston Martin’s success here with its works and customer GT3 racers that the Vantage GT3 road car was referencing.
But the firm has decided not to get into a legal wrangle with Porsche, something it feels it doesn’t have time for: it’s thus amended GT3 to GT12.
Indeed, Aston boss Dr. Andy Palmer shrugged off Porsche’s claim in a tweet:
@inside_laneWe believe the same as you. We are small independent company & need to spend £ creating the best of best cars not paying lawyers
— Andy Palmer (@AndyatAston) March 24, 2015
Porsche’s move is an interesting one as it seems not to have had an issue with Bentley’s Continental GT3-R; Bentley is, of course, a division of Volkswagen Group, just as Porsche is.
However, while the famous German humour is in short supply here, British irony does make an appearance: GT1+2, anyone?