10 August 2021

Testa Rossa J: a scale replica of the 1957 250 Testa Rossa

A junior car to experience one of the masterpieces of Ferrari history, is born
The Ferrari Testa Rossa J is a special project that gives Ferrari enthusiasts of all ages the opportunity to experience the thrill of driving an automotive legend. A new limited edition for our most passionate collectors, the Ferrari Testa Rossa J is a 75% scale replica of a renowned classic, powered by an electric engine. The car is a faithful reproduction of the 1957 250 Testa Rossa, one of the most iconic and successful cars in Ferrari and motorsport history.
 
Testa Rossa J: a scale replica of the 250 Testa Rossa del 1957
Testa Rossa J: a scale replica of the 250 Testa Rossa del 1957. Foto: Copyright © Ferrari.
 
A limited run of just 299 vehicles will be built. Ferrari has led every aspect of the project, in collaboration with The Little Car Company, a firm specialising in the production of junior cars. 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. While the Ferrari Testa Rossa J is designed to be driven by anyone over 14 years of age, it is not homologated for road use
 
Testa Rossa J: a scale replica of the 250 Testa Rossa del 1957
Testa Rossa J: a scale replica of the 250 Testa Rossa del 1957. Foto: Copyright © Ferrari.
 
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). 
 
Testa Rossa J: a scale replica of the 250 Testa Rossa del 1957
Testa Rossa J: a scale replica of the 250 Testa Rossa del 1957. Foto: Copyright © Ferrari.
 
Exterior design of Testa Rossa J
La Testa Rossa J riproduce scrupolosamente le forme della 250 Testa Rossa, nella prima versione della carrozzeria barchetta di tipo “pontoon fender” scolpita da Scaglietti. La cura del dettaglio è senza pari: la scocca è in alluminio battuto a mano, lo stesso processo seguito per i modelli storici. Anche la vernice è la stessa che viene applicata sulle vetture di gamma, così come il badge anteriore. I disegni originali presi da Ferrari Classiche sono stati scannerizzati e ricreati digitalmente per ricreate meticolosamente il complesso telaio della 250 Testa Rossa.
 
Testa Rossa J: a scale replica of the 250 Testa Rossa del 1957
Testa Rossa J: a scale replica of the 250 Testa Rossa del 1957. Foto: Copyright © Ferrari.
 
Interior design of Testa Rossa J
The same meticulous detail is found in the interior of Testa Rossa J. Ferrari’s Styling Centre has designed a single seat that accommodates an adult and a teen, faithfully incorporating the piping motif of the original and using the same high quality leather upholstery found in the Ferrari range today. The steering wheel is made by Nardi, the same specialist company that supplied the 1957 model, and features Ferrari’s smallest-ever quick-release system to facilitate driver entry.
 
Testa Rossa J: a scale replica of the 250 Testa Rossa del 1957
Testa Rossa J: a scale replica of the 250 Testa Rossa del 1957. Foto: Copyright © Ferrari.
 
Performance and safety of Testa Rossa J
The three batteries powering the electric engine are positioned at the front of the car, and provide approximately 90 km range, depending on driving style. The batteries are accessed under the front bonnet, while the car can also be charged where the fuel cap previously resided. 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. Safety has been a priority throughout the car’s development: the metal side panels were reinforced and an optional roll-bar can be anchored to the chassis. Brembo disc brakes replace the original drum system to maximize braking performance, and these are complemented by a hydraulic handbrake. 
 
Testa Rossa J: a scale replica of the 250 Testa Rossa del 1957
Testa Rossa J: a scale replica of the 250 Testa Rossa del 1957. Foto: Copyright © Ferrari.
 
Customization of Testa Rossa J
The Ferrari Testa Rossa J offers a wide range of personalization and colour combinations. The Ferrari Classiche department carried out extensive research into all the liveries that have adorned the 250 Testa Rossa throughout its racing career. An online car configurator allows clients to choose from 14 historical liveries, 53 bodywork colours and additional personalized racing liveries, all authentically in keeping with Ferrari style.
 
Edited by Lisa Maria River
Avion Luxury Magazine
Text source and photos: Ufficio Stampa Ferrari 
Photos: Copyright © Ferrari
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