Video: How I turned my £800 Ford into a Ferrari

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This stunning Ferrari 458 Italia has gone on sale for just £35,000 - because underneath it is a humble Ford Cougar.

The 202mph 458 Italia, which was launched in 2009, is regarded as one of the finest and most desirable Ferraris ever built. But most people have no chance of stumping up the necessary £170,000.

Shaban Din and the �800 Ford Cougar which has been transformed into a Ferrari 458 Italia. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Shaban Din and the �800 Ford Cougar which has been transformed into a Ferrari 458 Italia. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

However, one UK dealer is offering a cut-price alternative in the shape of this 458 replica.

On first impressions the bright white motor looks almost identical but it hides a dirty secret - it started life as an £800 Ford Cougar.

It was then fitted with a bodykit to make it look like the Italian supercar which is capable of 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 202mph.

The Ferrari has a rear-mounted V8 engine but the replica has a 2.5-litre front-engined V6 which boasts just 168bhp.

As a result it will accelerate from 0-60mph in just 8.6 seconds and top out at just 140mph.

The car prompted a debate on the Pistonheads website with opinionated car fans sharing their view on the copy.

One user, who owns the predecessor to the 458 Italia - the F430 - said the copy actually looked better than his personal Ferrari while others questioned the point of a fake supercar.

The car is up for sale with Bradford dealership SD Prestige and Performance, which is asking £34,950 for it.

Shaban Din, who runs the dealership, said: “It was a Ford Cougar but it has been completely transformed to look like a Ferrari 458 Italia.

“It is a one-off vehicle which looks like an Italian supercar but can be yours at a fraction of the price. It goes well and looks great.”

Outspoken motoring journalist Jeremy Clarkson said of the original Ford Cougar: “It’s not a bad looker, it’s a tarted up Mondeo and at the right time it absolutely flies.”

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