Thursday, May 19, 2011

Takata Green with Envy

And audacity...

Varrstoen TE37 Knock-Off in "Takata Green"

I recently stumbled upon a Varrstoen advertisement. I half-heartedly chuckled as I read with rebuke the color options available for their Volk Racing knock-offs. The fact that they use "Takata Green" is a bit shameless.

Any semi-knowledgeable enthusiast knows of the reputation of Takata and their harnesses. In reference to the wheel color "Takata Green" - you know it when you see it. Arguably, the first thing that comes to mind upon hearing or seeing "Takata" is the distinct color. If I am not mistaken, Rays Engineering made a set of Volk Racing TE37 Mag's in the signature Takata Green for the JGTC Takata NSX back in 2003.

Volk has since made the Takata Green color option available for their monoblock wheels. I suppose I should not be surprised to see that Varrstoen will not only wantonly steal the wheel designs of Volk, but also the catchy color caption, as well. As a company that has fallen victim to replica and imitation harnesses, I would like to think that the Takata Corporation would take issue with a knock-off wheel manufacturer using their good name to tactlessly promote their replica wheels... If for no other reason than to demonstrate some alliance and support towards another enduring company constantly battling the insolence of knock-off companies, Rays Engineering. 

My ideal is that there should be a steadfast rule within the industry predicating that One must be legitimate to reference legitimacy.

This also begs the question: Could there actually be "enthusiasts" out there who will not buy authentic wheels, but who will buy authentic Takata harnesses?    

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