If you’re a burly bloke of a sure age, you’re going to look foolish getting in and ridiculous as soon as put in, however this automotive wasn’t constructed for you so cease complaining. What’s stunning is that the Testa Rossa J will accommodate all 6ft 3in of me, and in cheap consolation. Not having asocking nice V12 the place my ft need to be undoubtedly helps. They’re all left-hand drive.
You look down and goggle on the gauges, for they’re identical in design as these of an unique TR, proper all the way down to their spidery fonts. They’ve, in fact, been repurposed, oil and water temperature now displaying battery and motor temperature.
There are different concessions to the fashionable world. I don’t, as an example, recall seeing a manettino controller on a 1957 Testa Rossa. It has 4 modes – Novice, Consolation, Type, Race – providing a spread of prime speeds from below 12mph to what Ferrari coyly refers to as ‘over 60kmh’, whichis 37mph. Really I believe it’s good for round 50mph, with a spread of round 60 miles earlier than you want to swap your batteries over. And contemplating the automotive can solely be used on non-public property, that’s in all probability each quick and much sufficient.
It weighs 250kg, not less than till I get in and improve the all-up weight of the automotive by over a 3rd. You flip an authentic-looking knob to the appropriate, press the accelerator pedal (from an F8 Tributo) and also you’re rolling.
The monitor at Bicester Heritage couldn’t be higher suited to the automotive, it being brief, tight and, for in the present day, damp. On this setting, the efficiency is completely nice. The automotive rides fairly stiffly on its interval Pirelli Cinturato CN54s (as provided new to the Fiat 500 within the ’50s) and there may be the odd jolt by way of the spaceframe, which is genuine to the best way automobiles of this development behaved again then.