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News The First Electric Ferrari is Cooler Than We Thought

The First Electric Ferrari is Cooler Than We Thought

Honey, I shrunk the Ferrari

  • Ferrari recreates 1957 250 Testa Rossa with electric power

  • 75 percent scale is true to the original car


The first electric Ferrari is finally here. It’s called the Testa Rossa J, but no, this isn’t the company’s latest supercar. It’s a scale replica of the first car to wear the now-fabled name.

Ferrari calls it a “limited edition for our most passionate collectors,” and it is a 75 percent-size replica of the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, one of the company’s most iconic cars, and one of the most successful in motorsport. The full-size car took more than 18 race victories and three championship titles, with the model (and evolutions of it) winning Le Mans four times. The only Ferrari with that distinction.

The Testa Rossa J takes the Scaglietti-designed original pontoon fender car’s lines and shrinks them to a slightly more manageable size. Like the original cars, this replica wears hand-hammered aluminum bodywork, while the paint and badges come from Ferrari’s current road cars.

Original factory drawings were used, scanned and then digitally recreated. Right down to the suspension and steering; Ferrari says the car has authentic handling to match its looks. Bilstein dampers and Pirelli tires complete the effect. Factory-look dials are repurposed for the electric and Ferrari’s smallest-ever quick release was fitted to the Nardi wheel, while F8 pedals handle the stop and go.

Four driving modes increase the power of the car, with Race mode allowing the electric to top 60 km/h. It has three batteries with an estimated 90 km range, and the car has regenerative braking.

The car starts from 93,000 euros and is limited to just 299 examples. Ferrari will let you pick from classic red as well as 52 other bodywork colours and 14 historic racing liveries for your J.

 

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