NZ owner of rotary engine swapped 456 GT angers Ferrari

This hilarious burnout machine has the Ferrari bigwigs seeing red

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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.

"Dear Ferrari, I’m so very sorry. I didn’t mean to belittle your brand. Can’t you see I just want to be friends?”

Reuben bemrose's apology letter

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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Comments (237)

  • Why does Ferrari care that much. He bought it he should be able to do what ever the hell he wants to his car. Ferrari doesn’t own it anymore and it’s not like it’s a 2020 Ferrari. it’s old it’s been smashed let the man be creative. Ferrari should be happy with the creativity of its fan base.

      7 months ago
  • I doubt goofy stuff like this car makes anyone lose respect for Ferrari, but their reaction probably does...

      7 months ago
  • I’ll add this to “Reasons why I like Lamborghini more”.

      7 months ago
  • It's hilarious. And the best part is Ferrari cant do jack shit about it

      7 months ago
  • I hate Ferrari so much because they keep telling the car owners what to do. Remember Deadmau5, got a cease and desist because he had his car wrapped in a disco pixel kittie (or whatever they call it), there have been so many over the years, it's ridiculous.

    I think that every Ferrari owner who gets an issue with the car from a flat tyre to a bent chassis should tell Ferrari to pay for it if they are going to keep telling the car owners what they can and can't do.

    Either Ferrari owns it and pays for all work as and when it needs doing or the buyer of the car owns it and Ferrari can shut the hell up.

      7 months ago
    • Yup. I lost interest in Ferrari since I heard about the Deadmau5 thing too. They’re definitely the Electronic Arts/Comcast/Nestle of the automotive world...maybe a lot worse.

        7 months ago
    • It was a wrap ffs, it’s removable. It’s his car so surely, after paying a huge sum of money, he has the right to do what he wants with it!

        7 months ago
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