A 200mph Ferrari Testarossa restomod is being prepared by a Swiss design house
Who wouldn't want that!
The battle between the Lamborghini Countach and the Ferrari Testarossa was one of my favourite episodes in the Grand Tour series. If you watched May and Hammond quarrelling about it too, you’d be aware of the substandard interior quality in these cars, even though the Pininfarina-designed outer body looked drool-worthy. Now though, a Swiss firm looks to fix those shortcomings.
Officine Fioravanti, a Swiss design house, is on the verge of launching a modernised and heavily updated iteration of the Testarossa. A report by Autocar further states that improvements to the chassis, aerodynamics and even the powertrain are on the cards.
“We carefully listened to the car’s needs and desires,” Officine Fioravanti said. “We patiently took care of every single aspect. Few minor details have been changed in terms of style, without compromising a timeless design but enriching its pureness.” That essentially translates to the beautiful exterior remaining largely untouched.
While the design house will retain the 1980s supercar’s original 4.9-litre flat 12, some modifications will see a bump up to a top speed of 200mph against the original 180. Further mechanical additions comprise a new titanium exhaust system and ABS and traction control systems for enhanced stability.
Substantiating the stability aspect is the fitment of Brembo racing-spec brakes, Öhlins electronic dampers and adjustable anti-roll bars. This updated Ferrari also gets new alloy wheels covered with Brembo GT3 Class racing tires. When combined with the above mentioned mechanical upgrades, they make the Testarossa “more enjoyable, safe and precise” as per the firm.
Inside, you can expect a major overhaul with the cabin quality. Italian leather is said to get splashed all around. Ghastly plastics will get replaced by aluminium components. The updated supercar will now get a new audio system too, but would you really need it?
Currently, the restomod is undergoing its testing phase. No details on the purchasing or pricing factors have been unveiled, with the final output still under wraps. However, the design firm has claimed those wraps are set to come off “in due course”. I’m expecting late-2021, which could easily be pushed to 2022 courtesy of the ongoing pandemic.