Police in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina have raided a clandestine factory manufacturing bootleg luxury vehicles.
Officials from the Santa Catarina Civil Police’s Investigative Unit seized eight semi-assembled replicas of Ferraris and Lamborghinis in Monday’s raid, according to a police press release.
Police said the replicas were being offered through social media for between 180,000 Brazilian reals ($48,000) and 250,000 Brazilian reals ($66,000), a fraction of the list price for an original vehicle. According to motoring website motor1.com, the starting price for a Ferrari is around $215,000.
Tools, molds, fibers and frames used to manufacture the cars were also seized during the raid, police said.
The shop was owned by a father and son, who were both arrested and face criminal charges for falsifying commercial property. The pair are thought to be the largest manufacturers of bootleg luxury vehicles in Brazil.
The investigation began when Ferrari and Lamborghini representatives contacted the Santa Catarina Civil Police.
Fake supercars are not unique to Brazil.
In 2010, a Thai man shot to fame for his ability to build replica Ferraris, Porsches and Aston Martins.