It was always thought that the Puma chassis could handle more power and in October 1999 Ford released the limited edition Ford Racing Puma that delivered 152bhp. The Ford Racing Puma offered wider sportier bodywork, fantastic figure hugging Sparco seats, uprated suspension, 17in alloy wheels and stop on a six pence Alcon brakes. Ford hand planned to release 1000 Racing Pumas but production was in fact limited to 500. Unfortunately the staggering price tag of £23,000 put many people off due to the high mark up on the existing Puma models.
The 1.4 engine was replaced in October 2000 with a more powerful 1.6 unit that offered 101bhp.
The Puma was based on the Ford Fiesta's underpinnings and provided the best small coupe on the market.
Production of Ford's best selling small coupe ended in 2001.