Replica parts maker Force Drive posted up a rant against a larger competitor who ended up buying his copied replica parts and copying his work for themselves.

It’s a cutthroat world with little to no honor in the world of replica and knockoff automotive parts and Force Drive founder, a replica parts maker specializing in just one particular Subaru aero kit, found that out the hard way. In a Facebook post he posted up earlier yesterday (Oct. 11,2019) the Prodrive fan called out larger aero parts maker RPG Carbon for not only copying his work but blatantly stealing his photos, too.

Check out his Facebook post below and just in case that gets removed, here’s a mirror.

Hey guys @rpg_carbon_fiberglass , when you bought these parts from me to make copies, you forgot to ask me to send you…

Posted by FORCE Dreams – Antonenko on Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Apparently someone from RPG Carbon purchased a full replica widebody Prodrive aero kit for one particular iteration of Subaru’s World Rally Team Subaru Impreza GC8, the S6 P2000 Impreza piloted by winning rally driver Richard Burns.

Force Drive points out that this is not a replica 22B Aero kit noting differences between the two.

Full aero kits include a front bumper, a pair of wings, side skirts, wider rear quarter panels, and a rear bumper. Looking at the photos there are other smaller bits and bobs like rally-spec light pods for night time racing to complete the authentic look.

Presumably, if you want to buy this aero kit from Force Drive it’ll cost you well into the thousands. As far as I know, before Carbon RPG ripped off already copied parts, Force Drive is the only seller of this one-off aero kit.

Force Drive posted a rather lengthy explanation saying that making replica parts was never the plan from the beginning, only to make a replica WRC car, purely a passion project. Included in the post is a heartfelt video showing the man hours and personal blood, sweat, and tears making his own S6 P2000 Impreza aero kit.

I read all your comments over the past 24 hours. 🕵🏻‍♂️And some guys rephrased my words uncorrectly. And I want to tell you that I did not claim that these parts are my development. (only some of them, such as the front lip and the front bumper, in which I installed the rectangular middle part). If you want to see it, I can show you how i do it. I said that on their photos of parts made by my hands. Those parts in the same primering, what I sent to them. And those parts saw shabby because the photos were taken after then those guys made mold. As said one guy: "It's amazing that they were able to remove a wooden box of "Force Dreams" from the background". In any case, this situation is not a problem that to talk about it so much. I just want to say you, that I never hid and not to try to hide that, what I do. All what you see in my instagram, it is my love to the Subaru GC8 WRC and all the highly qualified professionals from Prodrive, which have done all this. Do you know about my dream? I am in love with my project. I have dreamed on long time of having a two-door Impreza GC8 and I really want to make a good replica of the original WRC Prodrive GC8. I was 19 years old when this idea settled in my head and I got sick of this idea. 💭I going to my dream step by step everyday. Sorry, but my perfectionism is stopping me to do it more quickly. 🥳I collected this body kit in different parts of the world, from different sellers, it was very difficult, but I never pursued a commercial goal, when I bought all these body parts for crazy money💸, I did not plan to sell it in the future. I paid a lot of money, but all I needed, it was to have my dream car in my garage🚙. I wanted to make the best copy of the original WRC car, this car from a magazine, this car from old broadcasts from VHS📼, this car what I saw only in the Internet, but never see it my eyes at that moment. I was in love with these body lines, it was perfection itself. It is perfect clean design. 💗I lived with this dream just like now, and I knew that my dream, wich gives me a lot of emotions, cannot have a material component. I just wanted to have a dream. ⭐️To be continued🔜

Posted by FORCE Dreams – Antonenko on Thursday, October 10, 2019

“…I just want to say you, that I never hid and not to try to hide that, what I do. All what you see in my instagram, it is my love to the Subaru GC8 WRC and all the highly qualified professionals from Prodrive, which have done all this. 

Despite all his submitted evidence, proof of work, a retelling of how long it took to piece together a complete kit, and customization to create a one-off kit that no one else has, it’s still a Prodrive design even though it’s been tweaked from the original design to work for regular Imprezas and differs slightly from Prodrive’s.

Frankly, I’m not surprised Prodrive has not reached out to Force Drive to cease and desist any sort of unlicensed Replica parts making using their likeness, design, and name to market these one-off kits.

The only reason these Force Drive kits are special is the winning story behind the parts, one where a UK Engineering Group applied its special sauce to Rally Spec Subaru’s to win them some constructor and driver championships.

Without a license to remanufacture replica parts, it’s fair game for anyone and everyone to copy your S6 P2000 Impreza aero kit repeatedly.

I’m not surprised if that turns out to be the case sooner rather than later. Nearly $1,000 from RPG Carbon for an S6 P2000 replica spoiler is too rich for my blood. Surely, someone in China will catch on, copy RPG’s spoiler and resell it en masse on Alibaba for a quarter of the price or cheaper.

Don’t hate the playa, hate the game.

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