Countering idea theft: Forger of the AC Schnitzer Type V Wheel Wins Negative "Plagiarius" Prize
Profit at the cost of others – that's the aim of the forgers who copy and sell successful products. As well as the economic damage, there is often also a risk to the end user because poor quality can be a danger to life. To draw attention to this situation, in 1977 the Plagiarius Prize was set up. The "Plagiarius" prize is awarded annually to the most audacious counterfeiters during a press conference at the Ambiente Show in Frankfurt, and denounces the lack of imagination of imitators.
This year's recipient of the "Plagiarius" prize has produced a copy which is not only an audacious imitation but also carries a high risk: the AC Schnitzer forged alloy wheel Type V. Unique in design and technical development, material plays a key role in production of the wheel. The complex production method used by the Aachen-based tuning specialist has not been applied by the counterfeiters. As a result, the copy looks similar to the original but will not withstand the same loads. In a standard test - the cornering test - carried out by TÜV Nord, the imitation wheel broke after just 183,000 load changes, and is therefore a life-threatening danger to any customer.
For AC Schnitzer, the award of the Plagiarius prize is important for several reasons. "Safe and serious tuning is at the forefront of our corporate philosophy", emphasises Rainer Vogel, Managing Director of AC Schnitzer. "So it's important to us to point out the danger which can result from use of such forgeries!" With its product range for BMW and MINI, AC Schnitzer is showing that design and safety are not mutually exclusive - all tuning components are TÜV-tested and meet the highest safety standards.
The Ambiente Show takes place from 10th to 14th February, 2012. Following the "Plagiarius" award, the products - both original and copy - will be on display at the show.