A Ferrari supercar confiscated from crooks by Czech police has been converted into the ultimate 202mph cop car.
The Ferrari 458 Italia was seized in a raid and – after a radical makeover – has joined the Czech police fleet.
The Type F142 Ferrari – which can reach speeds of 326 kph (202 mph) – now has optional extras the factory in Maranello never dreamed of.
A police video of the makeover shows it comes with a full set of police decals and markings, plus sirens and flashing blue and red lights.
In a statement, Czech police said: “It used to serve criminals, now it will protect Czech roads. What are we talking about? Today, a new special in the colors of the Police of the Czech Republic – Ferrari F 142 – 458 Italia – begins its service.
“The vehicle will be deployed against the most aggressive drivers on Czech highways, when chasing stolen vehicles or during surveillance at the locations of reported tuning events.”
Officials explained that the vehicle had cost them less the cost of a new Skoda.
They said: “This vehicle is one of many that are seized as criminal property each year.
“Thanks to the excellent work of our criminal investigators, this vehicle cost us less than the purchase of, for example, a new Skoda Scala car, i.e. a little over CZK 300,000 [GBP 10,340].
“These were the costs associated with its ‘reconstruction’ and modification for the needs of the traffic police service.”
The Deputy Chief of Police for the Criminal Police and Investigation Service (SKPV), Tomás Kubik, said: “If I were to mention one of the activities in which we significantly succeed in using legal authorisations, I must mention the securing of assets originating from criminal activities.
“Last year alone, we secured assets worth almost CZK 7 billion [GBP 241 million] in this way, and I am personally convinced that we will be similarly effective in the future”.
Police also explained that last year alone, they seized and sold on nearly 900 vehicles from crooks but still keep some for themselves.
They explained: “We have hundreds of confiscated vehicles that came from criminal activity and are used to combat serious criminal activity throughout the Czech Republic.
“However, these are often not luxurious cars such as Ferraris.”
Officials said they plan to use the supercar- which has just 2,000 kilometres (less than 1,250 miles) on the clock – to chase down criminals at home and abroad.
They explained: “The vehicle will be used in a nationwide unit and we are counting on its deployment against the most aggressive pirates of Czech roads.
“We can also use its potential when chasing stolen vehicles that pass through our territory to neighbouring countries.”
Police said that similar vehicles are used by security forces in Italy, Germany and Great Britain.
They added: “The vehicle will be used by the Special Surveillance Department of the Czech Republic with nationwide jurisdiction and driven only by specially trained police officers.”
The police did not explain how the car was acquired, nor did they identify its previous owner.