’Little Car Company’ has collaborated with Ferrari to build a three-quarters replica of the iconic Testarossa with an electric powertrainby Sidd Dhimaan, on LISTEN 04:57
The 250 Testa Rossa is one of the most iconic models to have rolled out of Ferrari’s factory. This racing car was in production for four years, between 1957 and 1961. In fact, a 1957 250 Testa Rossa sold for $16.4 million back in 2011! Now, even if you have the money, it’ll be very tough to find an example today. So, what’s the next best option? A replica.
U.K.-based Little Car Company has teamed up with Ferrari to build a replica of the 250 Testa Rossa that will cost you a fraction of the real model. But, there’s a catch. This is a three-quarter scale model and comes with an electric powertrain. Care to buy?
What’s Special About The Testa Rossa J?
Called the Testa Rossa J, this 25-percent smaller car is very impressive. To make it as accurate as possible, the original paper drawings from the Ferrari Classiche Department were scanned and digitally recreated. In fact, Ferrari’s Styling Centre in Maranello oversaw the proportions and liveries of this three-quarters model.
The body is composed of hand-beaten aluminum. The exterior paint is the same that’s used on the current Ferrari models. There are reinforced metal side panels and a roll bar that can be installed on the chassis for extra moolah. As for its shoes, the Testa Rossa J rides on 12-inch wire wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires.
It retains the same suspension and steering geometry to get the driving dynamics as close as possible to the original model. The suspension setup consists of Bilstein coilover dampers and custom springs.
The setup was tuned and calibrated at the Fiorano test track in Maranello where it was tested by Ferrari’s drivers.
And, for the braking setup, the company has equipped Brembo disc brakes unlike the drum setup on the original model. There’s also a hydraulic handbrake offered.
Things are just as intricate on the inside as well. It comes with a single seat on the inside and can accommodate an adult and a teen. It’s a smaller scale model after all. The cabin features the same high-quality leather upholstery that’s seen in the current Ferraris and also the motif of the original car. The steering wheel is sourced from Nardi, the same company that supplied the 1957 model!
While the classic dials are also remastered, they have been repurposed to show data relevant to an electric car. For instance, the oil and water gauges now monitor the battery and motor temperatures, whereas the fuel gauge is now the battery gauge. What used to be a tachometer is now a speedometer. To make sure it’s just as authentic, the original design and fonts here are retained.
There are a lot of customization options, too, if you want anything beyond the stock stuff. The Ferrari Classiche department has researched about all the liveries that were present on the 250 Testa Rossa throughout its racing career. Thanks to this, you will now be able to choose from 14 historical liveries, 53 bodywork colors, and additional personalized racing liveries via an online configurator.
What Powers The Testa Rossa J?
The Testa Rossa J comes with an electric motor and three batteries.
The setup is positioned at the front of the car. There is the famous ‘Manettino’ dial as well that allows you to choose between the four driving modes that are on offer – Novice, Comfort, Sport, and Race. The Novice mode will deliver only 1 kW of power and not let you go beyond 12.4 mph (20 km/h). The car can be disabled using the keyfob when this mode is engaged. Next up is the Comfort mode that 4 kW of power and lets you pace up to 28 mph (45 km/h). The Sport and Race modes get progressively sportier and unlock the car to its full potential.
On a full charge, you will be able to drive your Testa Rossa J for up to 56 miles. The charging port is located where the fuel cap is on the original car.
How Much Does The Testa Rossa J Cost?
While it may be cheaper than the original model, it isn’t cheap, per se. The Testa Rossa J starts at €93,000, which is approximately $109,000 as per the current exchange rates.
It will be limited to just 299 examples, which makes it a limited edition model. Ferrari and Little Car Company noted that this 75-percent scale model can be driven by anyone over 14 years of age. However, it is not street-legal.