If we asked many people what is their dream car, Ferrari name would be one of the top picks. This brand produces very fast and very beautiful cars and many boys had at least one Ferrari poster on his bedroom wall. Now this poster can get even prettier, because Ferrari revealed a limited series of bespoke cars – the J50.
J50 is a two-seater, mid-rear-engined roadster, made to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Ferrari in Japan. Each one of the 10 examples built is going to be tailored to the owner’s taste. Ferrari is famous for allowing its customers to engage in the creation process of their car – everything can be specified. Entire body is new and very pretty. It features a very low-slung roadster look, narrow headlamps and a targa-top design, which Ferrari did very well back in 1970s and 1980s. Lines of the car are so beautiful to look at from the sharp nose and low front to very muscular rear.
Wheel arches are prominent as the centre of the bonnet is lower to give the J50 a sportier stance. A strong line wraps around the car and sweeps into the smart-looking intakes feeding the engine. The car presented in Tokyo really does look special – it is finished in a special shade of three-layer red with a red-over-black interior trimmed in fine leather and Alcantara. It is said that the car takes inspiration from such Ferrari models as the GTO, F40 and F50, but there is nothing historic about the car’s technology.
J50 is based on the 488 Spider and has its 3.9-litre V8. Many interesting aerodynamic solutions have been implemented: radiators are closer together, windscreen is lower to increase the airflow around the rear spoiler and the wing itself provides some serious down force. There are many three-dimensional visual elements and the engine is enclosed in transparent polycarbonate cover. Even the wheels have been specifically designed for the J50 – 20 inch forged rims like this have never been seen before in Ferrari cars.
Interior of the J50 looks quite unique as well. Ferrari says the trim of the inside is echoing the design of the rear bonnet contour and is unique to this car. You are wondering how is this car as a convertible? Well, the targa roof consists of two parts and they can be stored behind the seats in a special compartment. It is not a practical car – people who are lucky enough to buy them are not going to be running errands in it.
But Ferrari J50 really is a dream car for many automobive enthusiasts. It is not said how much it costs, but it is likely that all of the 10 cars have already been sold.