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Electric Replica of the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa to be Auctioned for Charity

The upcoming Bonhams Quail Auction will see a 75% scale Ferrari Testa Rossa replica be auctioned for charity.

  • The replica is one of 299 made by The Little Car Company under license from Ferrari

  • The car is scaled to be 75% of the size of the original and can reach 80 km/h (50 mph)

  • The profits from the sale will be donated to support Youths in Monterey County

One of the more unusual vehicles that will be auctioned at the upcoming Bonhams Quail Auction in Pebble Beach is a 75% scale replica of the 50s Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa built this year by The Little Car Company.

Called the Ferrari Testa Rossa J (for junior), this replica has been hand-made using similar processes that were used by actual Ferrari employees in 1957 and its designers followed the original blueprints which were supplied by Ferrari as part of the licensing agreement.

In addition to being about 25% smaller than the original, changes to the Testa Rossa J include a 48-volt electric powertrain in place of the gasoline-powered V12 engine of the original.

This allows the replica to reach a top speed of 80 km/h (50 mph) and drive for about 90 kilometres (56 miles) on a charge.

Since The Little Car Company targets both adults and children with this product, different drive modes can limit the top speed and the power output of the drivetrain in order to prevent younger drivers from losing control.

Ferrari Testa Rossa J by The Little Car Company | Photo: Bonhams

In addition, a remote kill switch can allow parents or supervisors to shut down the vehicle if the driver is getting too ambitious.

Despite being a relatively slow vehicle that is very light, the Testa Rossa J is equipped with a dual circuit hydraulic braking system with four-wheel discs supplied by Brembo.

Due to different regulations, this replica is limited to only 30 km/h (19 mph) In Canada and the United States.

Not every child will be able to drive around in their own Testa Rossa J however since the unit which will be auctioned is expected to sell for a sum between US $90,000 and $120,000.

The company made 299 units of the small car, but this particular version is unique since it was painted white with blue stripes in order to commemorate the “Lucybelle II”, a 250 Testa Rossa that finished 7th in the 1958 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The proceeds from this sale will be donated to various non-profit organizations that help the youths in Monterey County, California.

Ferrari Testa Rossa J by The Little Car Company | Photo: Bonhams


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