ROME – If you have to take sides, then let’s say immediately which side we are on: yes to the nostalgia operation. Even for children, teenagers or teenagers. So, before you think about the worst, here’s the news and the facts: Ferrari has decided to set up a project to rediscover the cars of the past, a new proposal dedicated to young Ferraristi. Which model was chosen? The Testa Rossa J, with a 75% scale replica and with an electric motor. Maranello supervised every aspect of the project, the result of the collaboration with The Little Car Company, a company specializing in the production and marketing of Junior Cars. The Red Style Center studied the proportions and liveries, while the design of the chassis and other parts was made on the basis of the original drawings kept by Ferrari Classiche.
Let me be clear: the Testa Rossa J – produced in 299 units – is not homologated for use on the road but can be driven from 14 years of age. Those who remember it are well aware of some of the cars we are talking about, one of the most iconic: in the 50s and 60s, the 250 Testa Rossa won 18 races, and three brand championships (1958, 1960 and 1961). It is also the only Ferrari to have won the 24 Hours of Le Mans four times (1958, 1960, 1961 and 1962): it is one of the most celebrated ever.
Over time it has evolved, the junior version will scrupulously reproduce the shapes of the 250 Testa Rossa in the first version of the barchetta body sculpted by Scaglietti. The details have been taken care of down to the smallest detail: the steering wheel, signed by Nardi, also one of the historical suppliers of the 1957 model, was developed with the smallest release system in the world to facilitate the driver’s entry.
And the performance? The three batteries of the electric motor are positioned in the front of the car and guarantee 90 km of use. Four driving modes, with the ‘Novice mode’ designed to allow young drivers a calm approach to driving the vehicle with controlled acceleration.
Some purists have turned up their noses, and everyone can have their reasons. This is why we return to the opening words of this article, arguing that the very idea of reviving a beauty of the past must be applauded without even thinking about it. It is an effort that is priceless.