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Ferrari settle on chassis name - 150° Italia - Ferrari and Ford agree on the naming convention for 2011

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Ferrari settle on chassis name - 150° Italia
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This is F1Minute and it’s the 7th March 2011.

Since Ferrari launched their 2011 challenger, they’ve faced a battle with Ford over the name. Initially, the car was called the F150, which is similar to the Ford truck known as the F-150, with added hyphen. Legal proceedings were started, and settled, with Ferrari agreeing to change the name of their car to the F150th Italia.

However, the team weren’t happy with that either and it’s changed again, to the Ferrari 150° Italia. Already, it is impossible to say out loud, but, the degree symbol is the Italian equivalent of the 'th' part of 150th.

Ferrari are happy with it, although clearly not happy with Ford, as a post on their website stated: “In order to avoid the slightest risk of anyone confusing a Formula 1 car with a pick up truck... the car will lose the F that precedes the number 150.” They went on: “It should make it clear even to the thickest of people that the name of the car is a tribute to the anniversary of the unification of our country.”