Advertisement At first glance, this 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, with an asking price of PS95,000, appears to be a terrific deal.
Yet not everything is as it seems.
That's because this is The British Little Car Company's new Testa Rossa J - 'J' meaning for Junior - a three-quarter scale reproduction with an electric motor.
It features an electric powertrain with a top speed of 'over' 37mph and is completely endorsed by the renowned exotic vehicle company with the rampaging stallion symbol.
It costs the same as a handful of worn Ferraris from the last 30 years, including barely-used examples of the F355, 360 Modena, and 599 GTB. It's aimed at teenagers with super-rich parents.
The PS95,000 Ferrari for teenagers: The Italian company has introduced one of the world's most costly toys this week - a scale replica 1957 250 Testa Rossa electric car. This isn't the first time The Little Car Company has cooperated with a variety of exotic car brands on supremely-priced younger replicas in recent years.
This Ferrari Testa Rossa J is claimed to be geared towards 14-year-old drivers.
It was created in collaboration with the British specialized firm using original design drawings kept by Ferrari's Classiche department by the Italian manufacturer Maranello styling center.
It has a length of 3,100mm, a width of 1,100mm, and a height of 700mm.
That means it'll take up more space than a Smart ForTwo, so you'll need a garage or a large shed to store it (not that anyone who can buy a PS95,000 electric toy vehicle doesn't already have one).
The 250 Testa Rossa J is driven by an electric motor and three batteries at the front, and is a three-quarter duplicate of the real thing, though without the pounding V12 engine. Ferrari has worked with British junior-model specialists, The Little Car Company, to build 299 of the like-for-like replicas.
Buyers will be able to choose from a variety of race liveries or authorized Ferrari body colors, as well as a slew of other amenities. The roaring 3.0-litre V12 engine from the actual race car will be replaced by an electric motor driven by three batteries mounted at the front of the car.
It includes four driving modes, same like the rest of The Little Car Company's junior creations: novice, comfort, sport, and race.
Even in its most aggressive configuration, the top speed is limited to 'about 60kmh, or around 37mph, and driving 56 miles will drain a fully charged battery.
The replica gasoline filling car can be used to recharge the batteries.
The interior features full leather upholstery and a vintage-style steering wheel from Nardi, the same company that supplied the original 250 Testa Rossa 64 years ago.
The pedal box is from a Ferrari F8 Tributo supercar. The Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa J features four driving modes, the least powerful of which is 'Novice,' which has a top speed limit of 12mph.
Both the 'Sport' and 'Race' modes deliver maximum power and a top speed of almost 37 mph, according to Ferrari. Even 14-year-old drivers should be as safe as houses when driving one.
'Safety has been a priority throughout the construction of the car: the metal side panels have been reinforced, and an optional roll-bar can be fastened to the chassis,' the company stated.
Is it going to fit in my kid's room?
The Little Car Company Ferrari Testa Rossa J Price: from EUR93,000 before taxes (about PS95,000 in the UK) Production: 299 units constructed in Bicester, UK Dimensions: Length: 3.1 metres Width: 1.1 metres Height: 700cm Powertrain: Single electric motor, 3x batteries Range: 90km (56 miles) Driving modes and top speed Novice: 20kmh (12mph) Comfort: 45kmh (28mph) Sport: over 60kmh (
It has the Ferrari emblem and a hand-beaten alumimium body, and some of its components are shared with the famed manufacturer's full-size cars.
The throttle and brake pedals are identical to those found on the F8 Tributo supercar, and the tyres that wrap its 12-inch wheels are provided by Ferrari's type partner Pirelli.
Bilstein coilover dampers and special springs provide suspension, which were fine-tuned and approved off by Ferrari test divers at the Fiorano test track.
It has regenerative brakes, which pump a small amount of energy back into the battery while the car is decelerating, just like most electric and hybrid cars on the market today.
Full leather upholstery and a classic steering wheel from Nardi, the same company that supplied the part for the original 1957 model, are also included in the cabin.
A vintage instrument cluster has been modified to provide EV data such as remaining driving range and battery and electric motor temperatures.
Customers will be able to personalize their cars with a choice of 14 classic race liveries and 53 bodywork colors that have graced Ferrari automobiles over the generations.
Prior to taxes, shipping, and optional features, prices start at EUR93,000
That works out to roughly PS78,600 today.
That's almost PS95,000 with VAT.
It's a lot of money to pay for what is essentially a toy, but it's nothing compared to the real thing.
The 250 TR genuine item will be a prize car in any collection, with only 34 specimens made.
The most expensive cars ever sold at auction were PS9 million in 2011 and PS8 million in 2009, with the latter becoming the subject of an exclusive drive by the Daily Mail.
Adjusted for inflation, that comes to PS11.8 million and PS11 million, respectively.
This is the second most valuable genuine Ferrari 250 TR that has ever been sold at auction.
It was auctioned in 2009, with a winning bid of PS8 million.
With today's inflation, that equates to PS11 million.
(Photo courtesy of RM Sotheby's and Darin Schnabel) The vintage-style clocks in the toy version have been changed to show electric vehicle information, such as remaining range and battery temperature. It was built in collaboration with the British specialized firm using original design blueprints kept by Ferraris Classiche deparment.
This is Money looked through used car classifieds to find which Italian stallions were listed for the same amount.
A short search on Auto Trader revealed that for the same money, you could have a 2008 599 GTB F1 Fiorano with a six-litre V12 engine producing 612bhp and just over 28,000 miles on the clock.
What about a 2007 Ferrari F430 Spider F1?
For PS95,000, you can get a V8-powered, 4.3-litre, 193mph open-top beauty with only 11,000 kilometers on the clock.
For PS95,000, which secondhand Ferraris could you get?
How about this 2008 599 GTB F1 Fiorano on the left, or this 2007 F430 Spider F1 on the right, both with only 11,000 kilometers on the clock?
For a comparable amount, you may also travel back three decades in time and get a 1988 Porsche 328 3.2 GTS convertible with only 26,000 kilometers on the clock.
If we had PS95,000 to spend on a used Ferrari, one of these two cars would be our top choices.
The first is a one-owner 360 Modena F1 that has covered less than 3,000 kilometers since 2000 and is now for sale.
A 1998 R-reg F355 Berlinetta GTB with 34,000 miles clocked in 23 years, or a 1998 R-reg F355 Berlinetta GTB with 34,000 miles clocked in 23 years, if we wanted to live out our Out Run arcade fantasies from the nineties.
Whatever of these five automobiles you choose, they will all provide you with a top speed of more than 37 mph.
A PS95k investment will bring you a 1988 328 3.2 GTS convertible with less than 26,000 kilometers on the clock (left).
The new toy replica costs the same as this 1998 R-reg F355 Berlinetta GTB (right) with 34,000 kilometers clocked in 23 years.
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