Ferrari Testa Rossa returns as an EV, but with a tiny problem


Ferrari’s first-ever all-electric vehicle. Well, kinda.

I know what you’re thinking—it’s a bit too early for an all-electric Ferrari, isn’t it? I mean, Ferrari is yet to reveal its first-ever SUV. But believe it or not, the Testa Rossa J is indeed an all-electric vehicle. But there’s one tiny problem, literally. The Testa Rossa J is a toy—a 75% scale replica of the 1957 250 Testa Rossa.

The toy is built by The Little Car Company, the same folks who built the Bugatti Baby II and the Aston Martin DB5 Junior. The Testa Rossa J scrupulously reproduces the first iteration of the 250 Testa Rossa with its “pontoon fender” Scaglietti body. Speaking of the bodywork, it is sculpted with hand-beaten aluminum, in the same historical process.

The same attention to detail can be found in the cockpit. The bench-type single seat can accommodate an adult and a young person; the piping replicates those on the original seats. The steering wheel comes from Nardi—one of the historic suppliers of the 1957 model; it boasts the smallest release system in the world to make it easy for the driver to get in. Also, notice the Manettino switch on the dashboard with four driving modes.

Which brings us to the powertrain. The Novice mode unlocks only 1 kW (1.3 metric hp) output and a top speed of 20 km/h (12.4 mph), but don’t worry, there’s also the Comfort mode that offers 4 kW (5.4 metric hp) and a top speed of 45 km/h (28 mph). For those who want to go bonkers in this toy, there are Sport and Race modes as well, which offer a top speed of over 60 km/h (37+ mph). Three (tiny) battery packs positioned at the front of the car are claimed to deliver a range of ~90 km (56 mi).

Only 299 units will be built. Price? Well, it starts at €93,000 (US$ 108,927 or INR 81,14,580) excluding taxes and any options. Buyers get to choose from 14 historic liveries and 53 body colors.

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