To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Ferrari in Japan, Ferrari has revealed a new limited series of bespoke cars at the National Art Centre in Tokyo called the J50.
The J50 benefits from incredibly detailed aerodynamic development which achieves the designers’ goal of creating a model that is low-slung whilst being characteristically agile and quick. The front bumper has been completely redesigned with radiators that have been positioned closer together. The windscreen header rail has been also lowered to allow for an increased airflow over the aero foil and the rear spoiler.
Other design elements pay homage to other Ferrari models over the years. The “helmet visor” effect of the windscreen and windows, for example, is reminiscent of Ferrari’s open competition barchetta sports cars which go back as far the 1950s. Additionally, the bonnet section is lowered at the centre between two raised wheel arches for a muscular effect which is so synonymous with Ferrari mid-engine sports cars.
Underneath the bonnet, the Ferrari J50 is based on the 488 Spider. It is fitted with a specific 690 cv version of the 3.9-litre V8 that won the overall International Engine of the Year Award this year. A transparent polycarbonate cover is used to frame the engine which is intentionally shaped to provide a visual extension of the two separate roll hoops that keep the heads of the driver and passenger protected.
The rear of the J50 is fierce in nature, consisting of a quad taillight design which widens the car visually under a high-downforce wing profile. The rear diffuser features an extractor shape inspired by jet engine afterburners to accentuate the car’s powerful stance.
Inside the cabin, specific trim reflects the luxurious nature of the sports seats, which is consistent with the design of the rear bonnet contour to form a signature feature of the J50.
Just 10 models of the J50 will be built by Ferrari’s Special Projects department. Each one has been designed specifically for the customers’ requirements by the Ferrari Styling Centre team in Maranello.For more information, or to enquire any of our new or used Ferrari cars, contact our official Lancaster Ferrari dealership in Colchester.