Forensics - Uncover fake cars
THE PRIVATE INSTITUTE FOR AUTOMOTIVE FORENSICS
Forensics for the car
The Private Institute for Automotive Forensics may sound strange. Anyone who has ever read Simon Becket probably doesn't associate his vintage car with forensics.
The subject is more topical than ever. Thanks to ebay etc., it has never been so easy to obtain vehicle identities as it is today, an old document, a cut out VIN and Grandma's Golf LS is already mutating to the version 1 GTI, the Porsche 912 from junkyard in San Diego mutates to a version 2.7 RS and so on. In the case of creative counterfeiters, the search for clues is turned into a thriller, no matter whether a so-called magneto-optical process is used to visualize ground out or manipulated chassis numbers, or a spark spectrometer analyses the metal to an accuracy of 10 years.
Fabian Ebrecht and Sebastian Hoffmann are just beginning where the classic expert usually stops.
A mobile X-ray machine is also part of the machine park and can provide certainty in case of doubt as to whether the area around the chassis number has been manipulated - definitely an exciting topic.
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