In a move that will serve to piss off virtually every sim racer wishing to drive a classic Ferrari from the comfort of their own home, highly respected Assetto Corsa third party content team Virtua Simulazioni have revealed on the official Assetto Corsa forums that the famous Italian Supercar manufacturer have sent them a Cease and Desist notice. Garry Vale of Virtua Simulazioni writes that lawyers representing Ferrari have asked them to remove content from the Virtua Simulazioni website, resulting in the removal of the Ferrari F1 Concept, and we can only assume development has now completely stopped on the upcoming 1998 Ferrari F300.
Ferrari’s obsession with how their cars are portrayed in public is something automotive enthusiasts are all too familiar with. Back in 2011, Chris Harris penned an article for the popular automotive blog Jalopnik describing how Ferrari manipulates the media’s coverage of their most prominent cars, and last year, we posted an article indicating we had insider knowledge of Ferrari intentionally asking Kunos to alter the performance of some cars within Assetto Corsa thanks to a lengthy and complicated licensing contract.
Unfortunately, this act now frustrates many sim racers, as Virtua Simulazioni’s work is usually top notch, and has been previously used by Kunos themselvess for a portion of their official Dream Pack DLC bundles. The Ferrari F1 Concept was regarded by many as one of the better fictional cars to be released for Assetto Corsa, and the 1998 Ferrari F300 was meant to compliment the already released 1998 McLaren MP4-13. What was originally free advertising for the prestigious Italian car company has now been turned into a scenario that will harm Ferrari’s image in the eyes of avid fans.