A supercar nut has transformed his £1,000 Ford banger into this stunning replica of the Bugatti Veyron – which is now on sale for £54,000.
Mike’s replica Bugatti Veyron based on a Ford Cougar
Petrolhead Mike Duke, 25, spent nine months transforming his Ford Cougar into a red and black imitation of the 1,000bhp motor.
A specially-designed bodykit makes it indistinguishable from a £1million Veyron and the interior has been re-styled and covered in leather.
An actual Bugatti Veyron
But the engine is the Cougar’s standard 2.5 litre V6 model, meaning its power falls well short of the 1,000bhp developed by the Veyron’s 8-litre powerplant.
This means 0-62mph in 8.2 seconds and a top speed of 140mph – a way off the Veyron’s 2.5 seconds and 253mph.
Mike, from Florida, said: ”I wanted the million dollar look without the repair bills, insurance and huge upfront cost.
”It drives smoothly without any issues and if there is ever a repair issue I’m sure it will not break the bank.
”I’m very happy with the finished result and of course driving around in the car gets more comments than you could ever imagine.
”I want to be careful not to call this car a Bugatti – it’s a re-bodied Ford Cougar.
”But it looks better than a Cougar, and while it’s no Veyron, it’s still fast enough.”
Mike won’t say how much the conversion cost, but it is thought to be more than £20,000 on top of his nine months of hard work.
He is now selling his pride and joy on eBay for $89,000 (£54,000).
A Ford Cougar
Bugatti made just 300 Veyrons with the final model – a Super Sports – sold last month to a European customer for £1.5 million.
2002 Ford Cougar
Engine: 2.5-litre V6 producing 170bhp
0-62mph: 8.2 seconds
Top speed: 140mph
Fuel economy: 29.7mpg
Cost new: £20,000
Worth now: £1,000
2011 Bugatti Veyron
Engine: 8-litre W16 producing 1,001bhp
0-62mph: 2.5 seconds
Top speed: 253mph
Fuel economy: 9mpg
Cost new: £850,000 – £1,000,000
Worth now: £850,000 – £1,000,000