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Creepy Audi R8 Replica Built from Mercury Cougar

 Creepy Audi R8 Replica Built from Mercury Cougar
Replica Audi R8 from Mercury Cougar

Alberto Gavach Fuertes of Zaragoza, Spain, is flirting with a potential lawsuit from the Audi motor company. Who might he be, you ask? He is the guy who has built a replica of the Audi R8, and is hapy to sell it and possible future copies (of the copy) thereof for €40,000. Strange enough, the guy may actually have a few inquiries from potential buyers. Fake that it is, the ReplicaAudiR8 as it's called, is based on a 2001 Mercury Cougar. Who would have thought?

Narrower than the original, Alberto's creation does come surprisingly close to being a carbon copy; integrated intake vents from the upcoming R8 V10, a front quarter that, if photographed solo, would pass as R8 any day. The resemblance actually, is very eerie. Front end looks rather good, LED lights and everything, Audi four-rings slapped for good measure on the bonnet. The rear is notably higher, with no twin tailpipes to be seen. But then again R8 is a low-slung sports car and replicating it to that sort of level would require a great deal of suspension work.

As for the interior, Alberto needs to put in a bit more effort there; a steering wheel claiming "R8" and everything else screaming "Cougar" just won't do at this price level. So, good thoughts, bad thoughts?

 

Source: jalopnik.com
Published Nov 24, 2008 3:54 pm By Thami Masemola
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specialrecipe
He's got great fab skills but for the price, wouldn't it be a better idea to get a car that can actually perform as well as it looks?
Dec 9, 2010 11:30 pm
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fantaka
ROFL R8 after the world financial crisis!
Aug 22, 2009 1:26 am
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jstar20
This is extremely distasteful and I hope this guy gets hit with a lawsuit, especially if he plans on selling these monstrosities. This is to you panamera, what you propose is all filler no killer. While it is said that impersonation is the greatest form of flattery, this 'gesture' is psycophantic. This is arbitrage at its lowest levels, insulting both intellectual property laws as well as the brilliance, effort, and passion at the Audi design house.
Nov 26, 2008 7:19 pm
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GRAVE
lol, so they turn the most favourit car here to JoKe!
Nov 25, 2008 10:59 pm
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wisp
This just proves that the R8 is not all that difficult to make. This guy has made it in his backyard, now imagine what the Chinee will do with it. They'll make it in their sleep. he hehe he
Nov 25, 2008 1:58 pm
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machida
You do know that it's not really an R8 but just some well-executed bodywork, right? ;)
Nov 25, 2008 6:44 pm
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joelynn
it looks just like the R8, but he's a fool for calling ReplicaR8 and putting audi badges on. There are loads of kit car ferraris and lamborghinis around, they just dont actualy have the badge or the name.... I suggest Aodi P8 as a name
Nov 25, 2008 1:21 pm
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xLumino
Actually I'm not a fan about copying anything, but for the problem, that the Cougar is a completely different car (e.g. frontengine) it is made very well. It looks like a R8 when you see it for one secound, but you surely see the wrong proportions. The effect is superwell. good job!
Nov 25, 2008 1:09 pm
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wisp
He he he he oh my word - once the Chinese get a whif of this they will flood the markets with 'L8's. Instead of 4 rings the cars will have 4 intersecting Zeros (0000) as opposed to (oooo). Gents the R8 now looks like an R8. Go to china and you'll find millions of these L8's like the X5 spoof. He he he he oh my word! a great car in it's own way has had it's value checked, and exposed to a fall from grace. Holly pol itreally does look like an R8. Now every other car is getting LED's i saw this coming - modern knight riders.
Nov 25, 2008 9:11 am
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BabyMilo
i still stand by my feelings on replicas
Nov 25, 2008 6:42 am
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davethepetrolhead
This car would be great for an action movie where they need to damage/destroy a expensive car like a R8. CGI doesn't always look real.
Nov 25, 2008 5:47 am
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machida
Brilliantly executed waste of time! Saw an Infiniti G Coupe recently in my city with just a big black shark fin painted behind the door to look like the carbon-fiber insert on an R8. Much cheaper way to make your car trashy!
Nov 25, 2008 4:08 am
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Panamera
lol i think its brilliant. as most people who buy supercars just buy them for their looks and never go past 60. i think reps are good ideas.
Nov 25, 2008 12:47 am
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dbehmoaras
do you even know what you are saying? thats like saying a computer is just as good as a cardboard box
Nov 25, 2008 2:08 am
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Panamera
uhhh no. if you were actualy paying much attension to anything i said or to the world around you you will notice not even half of lambo's sold end up on the track. they are just to be admired and for looks. so just having the looks for half or even quarter of the price is good to me. and no it is not like having a carboard box. it is still another good car underneath. its simply like giving your old ugly GF a new sexy ballgown
Nov 25, 2008 5:20 am
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benz_man
A Cougars a good car to you?
Nov 25, 2008 6:44 pm
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Panamera
well no lol. a cougar is rubbish. but i mean there are many great cars you can base on
Nov 26, 2008 7:16 am
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carcrazy1234
damn... that's.... really close lol... interior just made me laugh :P hahah
Nov 25, 2008 12:35 am
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afterace2
seeing it only from the front i would be fooled
Nov 24, 2008 11:13 pm
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Tuner_Mad
Eww, my dad has a Cougar, but that kind of cash for this weird bodykit is a waste.
Nov 24, 2008 10:46 pm
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mps
Oh poop! Got here too late...
Nov 24, 2008 10:19 pm
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dmanero
I'll give the guy credit for actually pulling off a replica that looks almost dead on, now to any true R8 fan, like myself, will be able to spot a fake a mile away. but I dare say that is could actually pass for a base car for the "cheaper" audi that will replace the TT, I think the current prototype is called the r10, could be wrong though. But as for the lawsuit, thats a bit extreme. The builer does say that it's replica. I remove the audi logo though.
Nov 24, 2008 9:58 pm
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Joe_Limon
lol awesome, I used to own a Cougar. They didn't get rid of all the Cougar emblems on the interior :P
Nov 24, 2008 9:51 pm
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911fnatic
Dare I say: Looks like an R8 ?
Nov 24, 2008 9:49 pm
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politz
please don't give the chinese guys such idea.
Nov 24, 2008 9:49 pm
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