We sort of understand why the next door neighbor might indulge in a "Ferriero" project (a mid-engine Pontiac Fiero with homemade bodywork resembling a Ferrari), but we simply can't fathom why anybody would pay 40,000 euros for a fake Ferrari built from a front-engine, front-wheel-drive Toyota. An organization in Spain apparently had 17 of these "Ferrotas," three of which were ready to sell over the Internet, when its two Valencia-based shops were raided by police earlier this month, Auto Portal reports. In addition to the fake Ferraris, police also found two fake Aston Martin machines.

The imposter Ferraris were designed to look like the F430, the F430 Spider and the 458 Spider, and customers reportedly knew they were buying copies.

Eight people were arrested in relation to the case, which was tipped off to police by a Ferrari representative in Spain. While a trained eye could pick out these fakes in a heartbeat, we're surprised at how close they look to the real things – the cars even have faux Ferrari (Fauxrari?) engines mounted amidships and some actual Ferrari parts where they couldn't be replicated. But the details, like gaping panel gaps and awkward proportions, give the cars away. Be sure to watch the video that we included below.


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      GasMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      These guys have some real skill. They could have easily made money legitimately.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      11fiveoh
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is the best kit car ive ever seen
      gary
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why would anyone spend 40k Euro on one of these? Can't you buy a near-perfect 328, a nice 348 or even an respectable 355 for that kind of money? I know you can here. I'd much rather have a an older "real" Ferrari than a poorly conceived FWD Corolla-based clone.
      Max Bramante
      • 1 Year Ago
      At least these fake ferrari's have somethin that any real ferrari will never have: The reliability due to the presence of a Toyota engine under the hood.
        gary
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Max Bramante
        Wonder how reliable the engine will be with the air flow to the radiator substantially altered from Toyota's design. And call me suspicious of the reliability of all the hand-fabbed interior and exterior parts. If you want an "exotic" with Toyota reliability, there's always Lotus.
        CTM1990
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Max Bramante
        Oh please, like you have owned a Ferrari to find out how "reliable" these cars are. You're so stupid. People that buy exotic cars don't really give two ***** about how "reliable" they are, now do they?
      evilleo22
      • 1 Year Ago
      WTF? Ferraris suck. Lambos suck. Yes theyre beautiful performance machines, but are as fragile as a teenage girls hymen. If they looked close but werent then whats the crime? Did Ferrari go after the people who made the body kits from Fieros?
      Justin Shaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      China should hurry and copy Ferrari. Like they copy EVERYTHING
      chirowolf
      • 1 Year Ago
      A Ferarri that will not catch fire? Must be a fake
      godwhomismike
      • 1 Year Ago
      > The only 'Ferrari' cars that are unlikely to ever get speed camera tickets. > The 40 MPG 'Ferrari' > The Most Reliable 'Ferrari' ever built > Government officials upset they paid 400,000 Euros when he could have paid 40,000 > But it's just a Corolla officer > Included Two Years of Complementary Toyota Care LOL!!!!!
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      REMUSRM
      • 1 Year Ago
      Irony is that would raise the reliability of Ferrari to say, Land Rover;-)
      EXP Jawa
      • 1 Year Ago
      What was the actual crime here? People build or commission replicas all the time. The customers here knew what they were, its not like they were being defrauded. Is it just a copyright violation situation?
        Muttons
        • 1 Year Ago
        @EXP Jawa
        The same reason it's illegal to sell knock off Rolexes. They try to skirt the issue with the whole "replica" argument too, but copies or "replicas" that are not authorized by the original copyright holders are still illegal. Pretty amazing work on these though. Not as bad as some. Real Ferrari wheels probably jacked the price up but you can't hide the tiny brakes behind their gaping faces:)
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