Project Thunderbolt is a no-go. That's the official (and expected) word coming forth as Aston Martin and Henrik Fisker have apparently resolved their lawsuit. For those not familiar with the story, this all started when Fisker presented a new design study for a potential limited-run build of a car called the Thunderbolt. It was based off of the Aston Martin Vanquish, and it hit a bit too close for home for the British automaker's liking.
Now comes word that both parties have settled the issue by way of a joint statement:
On March 26, 2015, Aston Martin filed a lawsuit against Henrik Fisker and other parties alleging various infringements by “Project Thunderbolt” of Aston Martin’s intellectual property rights. The parties are pleased to report that they have been able to swiftly and amicably resolve their differences.
The terms of the resolution are confidential except that the Parties wish to confirm 3 points:
- Henrik Fisker has decided that “Project Thunderbolt” will not be produced;
- Aston Martin will withdraw the lawsuit; and
- In view of some apparent misunderstandings surrounding reports of the case, the Parties wish to expressly confirm that the contentions made by AML were those, and only those, made in the lawsuit. The Parties confirm that that they have amicably resolved those matters, as well as any attendant misunderstandings.
The Parties will not be commenting further.
So there you have it. It was a short run for the Thunderbolt—even shorter than Fisker likely expected. Still, Henrik is a talented man and we expect to see more of his work in the near future. Plus, the Vanquish as it sits is pretty damn beautiful, so maybe the world didn't need another version of it.