NZ owner of rotary engine swapped 456 GT angers Ferrari
This hilarious burnout machine has the Ferrari bigwigs seeing red
Ferrari may build some of the most desirable cars on the planet but the Italian car manufacturer is infamous for its absence of humor. Case in point: Upon hearing about a New Zealand Ferrari owner ditching their iconic V12 for a Mazda 13b engine they immediately blew a gasket and set a team of rabid lawyers on the case.
Owner of this Italian Chook Cooker is New Zealand local Reuben Bemrose who runs R's Garage in Wellington and in his own words, "enjoys smashing out shit projects". When he came across this Ferrari 456 abandoned in a field with a totaled front end, rather than going bankrupt trying to restore it he welded on some bash bars and rammed in the Kiwi engine of choice.
Ferrari, who enjoys telling their customers what they can and can't do with the cars they've bought, was far from amused and contacted Bemrose directly. Bemrose has already responded to Ferrari's concerns, although it's unlikely to lower the Italian automotive giants blood pressure.
As you can see from the Ferrari's interior, Bemrose likely plans to take his Italian brap-mobile drifting, seemingly unperturbed by all the fuss his car has generated. As far as the rest of the build goes, we can foresee a massive turbo in this Ferrari's future..and who knows...AU Falcon front ends are pretty cheap..
Bemrose already spent the weekend beating on the car at Rotary REunion, New Zealand's own version of the Olympic Games, where he took out the award for Best Engine Conversion.
Update: Since this story went viral some new facts have come to light and the owner of the vehicle has come out with some fresh details.
We originally reported this story as Ferrari sending a 'cease and desist order' to Bemrose, but the owner of the car has since come forward and said that wasn't quite the case, although he admits that Ferrari has contacted him concerning his engine swap.
So what did they chat about? Well Bemrose won't say. He has said he 'understands they are quite protective of their image and their brand', and has apologized to the manufacturer. It will be interesting to see if the car is shown sans Ferrari logo and badging in future.
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