This Ferrari Testa Rossa J is the latest in the growing list of three-quarter-scale electric-powered junior cars and it’s pretty stylish…
It was back in May 2021 when the first 500 bespoke limited-edition Bugatti Baby II’s were being shipped to their respective owners costing around 30,000 euros per unit. This time, Ferrari has teamed up with The Little Car Company to build just 299 75-per-cent-scale examples of the iconic 1957 250 Testa Rossa.
Much like the Bugatti Baby II and Aston Martin D5 Junior, the Testa Rossa J has been designed to be driven by anyone over 14 years of age with the Italian marque saying they have led every aspect of the project. Ferrari’s Styling Centre in Maranello oversaw the proportions and liveries, while the chassis and other components were created using original design drawings held by Ferrari’s Classiche department.
Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
A key track protagonist in the 1950s and 1960s, the 250 Testa Rossa is one of the all-time great Ferraris, distinguished by its lengthy list of honors and its longevity. The car claimed some 18 victories in its history, and three championship titles in 1958, 1960, and 1961. It is also the only Ferrari to have won the 24 Hours of Le Mans four times – in 1958, 1960, 1961, and 1962 (considering the 330 TR – the last evolution).
The junior version is a perfectly scaled-down version of the 250 Testa Rossa in the original Scaglietti-designed Barchetta version, nicknamed ‘pontoon fender’. Lightweight panels constructed from aluminium are hand beaten as they were many years ago. The paint is the same as that applied to Ferrari’s present road car range, as is the insignia on the front.
Detailing is as you’d expect from Ferrari’s Styling Centre with a single seat that can accommodate both teens and adults including the piping motif of the original and using the same high-quality leather upholstery found in the Ferrari range today.
A stylish Nardi steering wheel even features Ferrari’s smallest-ever quick-release system to facilitate driver entry. Classic dials have been remastered and repurposed for their new role in an electric car, but retain the original design and fonts.
The oil and water gauges now monitor the battery and motor temperatures, while the fuel gauge is now the battery gauge and the tachometer has become a speedometer. There is even a power gauge that also shows the level of regenerative braking being deployed.
Pedals are from the F8 Tributo and the tyres are supplied by Pirelli, Ferrari’s official technical partner, fitted on the handmade 12-inch wire wheels. Suspension is taken care of with Bilstein coilover dampers and custom springs which were fine-tuned and signed off by Ferrari’s test divers at the Fiorano test track in Maranello.
The ‘Manettino’ dial gives the choice of four driving modes, ensuring driving pleasure with the highest levels of safety. The Novice mode (1 kW / 20 km/h) eases rookie drivers into the driving experience with controlled acceleration and the ability to remotely disable the car from a distance with a key fob. The Comfort mode (4 kW / 45 km/h), Sport and Race modes become progressively sportier, with instantly responsive acceleration and increased maximum speeds.
What does it all cost – Nothing with Ferrari attached to it comes cheap and this little Testa Rossa J is no different with prices hovering around £80K…
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