The Testa Rossa J on which the Pebble Beach Edition is based is a 75% scale electric replica of the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, officially licensed by Ferrari, using original Ferrari Classiche drawings.
What makes this special edition so, erm, ‘special’ is its livery inspired by the 1958 Le Mans car driven by Ray “Ernie” Erickson and nicknamed ‘Lucybelle II’. It’s finished in Bianco Cervino white with blue stripes, racing number 22 badging, and has ‘Lucybelle II’ hand painted on the side.
The interior is finished in luxurious red leather and the seats are made to match those of the original car, right down to the white piping. A Nardi steering wheel – just like the one used in ‘Lucybelle II’ – sits in front of the driver with an authentic set of dials adapted for the car’s electric drivetrain.
While the car may be a scaled-down version of the original, the attention to detail is said to be unparalleled – it’s kitted out with the same steering and suspension geometry and has re-proportioned 12-inch wire wheels matching the original Borrani alloys. As a result, the car not only looks the part, but feels authentic to drive, too.
That said, you do get some modern touches. The wheels are wrapped in Pirelli tyres (Ferrari’s official supplier of rubber) and the Testa Rossa J comes with the same pedals as used in the Ferrari F8 Tributo. Ferrari even gave the official sign-off on the suspension set-up after testing it around the Fiorano test track in Maranello.
Understandably, the replica won’t come fitted with a screaming V12, but an electric motor capable of a 50mph top speed. It has four driving modes – Novice, Comfort, Sport and Race – ensuring all ages and abilities can play with the car safely. Its three front-mounted batteries give it a range of about 55 miles. That means the Testa Rossa J is faster than a Citroen Ami and capable of roughly the same distance on electric power – we know which one we’d rather be seen in…
The Little Car Company (the same guys behind the Aston Martin DB5 Junior) is building just 299 examples of the Testa Rossa J worldwide.
The Pebble Beach Edition will be the first example to go up for auction, giving you a (potentially expensive way) of jumping the usual year-long waiting list. Although, you can at least console yourself with the knowledge that proceeds from the sale go to the Pebble Beach Company Foundation – which provides the Monterey County’s youth with scholarships and funds their education.