Relive an Iconic Ferrari Design with the Testa Rossa J

testa rossa j in mr grouwels collection

Two customized Testa Rossa Js joined the garage of car collector Mr. Grouwels. Photos courtesy of The Little Car Company and Ferrari


October 27, 2022

  • The Testa Rossa J, an electric, 75% scale replica of Ferrari’s classic 1957 car, is now reaching the garages of enthusiasts and collectors.
  • Ferrari and The Little Car Company developed the car from the original design drawings and adapt many of the 1957 details, from the hand-beaten bodywork to the suspension geometry, for the Junior car.
  • With four driving modes, the car is safe and accessible for fans across generations.

Everybody is a Ferrari fan—right, Sebastian Vettel?—and with the new, limited-edition Ferrari Testa Rossa J from The Little Car Company the tifosi only grows. An electric, 75% scale replica of the iconic 1957 race car, the Testa Rossa J was developed from original design drawings from Ferrari’s Classiche Department and is now reaching the garages of eager car enthusiasts and collectors.

The original 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa dominated racing in the ’50s and ’60s, winning 18 races from 1958 to 1963, including four victories at the Le Mans 24 hours. While the Testa Rossa J won’t be winning any races, it does reach 80km/h and has approximately 90km of range thanks to three batteries positioned at the front of the car.

With the support and heritage of Ferrari behind it, the Testa Rossa J is built to replicate the craftsmanship of the original, with the same hand-beaten aluminum bodywork, the same steering and suspension geometry, the world’s smallest quick-release steering wheel system from Nardi, instant acceleration from the fully electric powertrain, and classic dials adjusted for the electric car.

inside the testa rossa j

As an official Ferrari vehicle, every detail is carefully considered and finely engineered to meet the highest automotive standards—especially when it comes to safety. Inspired by the Ferrari 812 Superfast, a Manettino switch allows the driver to alternate between four driving modes: Novice Mode (1kW / 24km/h), Comfort Mode (4kW / 40km/h), Sport Mode (10kW / 80km/h), and Race Mode (12kW / 80km/h).

Each of the 299 limited-edition Testa Rossa Js are completely bespoke. “We aim to make the specification process as exciting as possible,” Ben Hedley, CEO of The Little Car Company, said in a release. “We pride ourselves on attention to detail and liaise closely with customers to offer them a personalized experience that results in the creation of a car that is truly unique to them.”

Dutch car collector Mr. Grouwels is one of the first few people to receive his Testa Rossa Js. He has two—one with raw, unpainted aluminum bodywork that exposes the aerodynamics and precision of the bodywork, while the second is painted Rosso Mugello (Ferrari’s deepest red) with stripes in Giallo Modena (a triple-later yellow,) a handcrafted leather interior, and Borrani wheels. Mr. Grouwels says the cars have been driving excellently.

iconic ferrari colors on the testa rossa j

Photos courtesy of Ferrari and The Little Car Company

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