Out has gone the outdated 3.0-litre Colombo V12 and in comes electricity. There’s a 48V electric motor paired to three batteries for a total of 12kW and 90km or so of range, with power, like the original, going to the rear wheels. To keep all that silent fury in check there are four drive modes, each allowing a gradual progression through the Testa Rossa J’s performance and accessible via a Manettino dial on the dashboard – just as you’d find in an 812 Superfast. At the gentle end of the performance spectrum is Novice, with 1kW of power and a 20km/h top speed. From there you move into Comfort – 4kW and a top speed of 45km/h – Sport – 10kW and up to 60km/h – and finally Race, with 12kW and “over” 60km/h flat-out. Novice mode is jolly lovely, and Comfort nice and relaxing, but Sport and Race is where the most fun is to be had. Let me assure you, 60km/h in a car so diddy is as exhilarating as you can imagine. Plus, with instant torque the pick-up can take you by surprise, even if it is a relatively modest 12kW.
The Testa Rossa J isn’t really about speed, though, it’s about the driving experience. To give this car the best chance of performing well, The Little Car company has thrown everything it can at it hardware wise. So there are Brembo disc brakes, Bilstein dampers, Eibach springs, 12-inch wheels shod in Pirelli tyres and, as you’d expect, no power steering because there really is no need for it. Although the set-up was completed in the UK, Ferrari’s test driver Raffaele de Simone really has done laps of Fiorano in this car to make sure it handle the way a Ferrari should. The result is yet another scaled-down wonder that drives like a real car. The brakes are tremendous, the pedal feel fantastic; the steering communicates exactly what the tyres are doing, giving you the confidence to steam into corners, to ride kerbs, to lift off and get the rear end moving around. It’s hilarious fun.