Ferrari revealed its new limited series of bespoke cars, the J50, during a special celebration held at the National Art Center in Tokyo to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Ferrari in Japan.
The J50 is a two-seater, mid-rear-engined roadster that marks a return to the targa body style evocative of several well-loved Ferrari road cars of the 1970s and 1980s.
Created by Ferrari’s Special Projects department and designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre team in Maranello, just 10 examples of the J50 will be built and each one will be tailored specifically to the customer’s requirements.
It’s based on the 488 Spider, powered by a 680hp version of its 3.9-litre biturbo V8 engine which powers the Ferrari 488 GTB.
The bodywork is all new, featuring a design approach meant to create a very low-slung roadster, achieved by the slanted top edge of the side window, continuous with the windscreen, and the raked black swage line which dramatically rises from the low-set nose until it vanishes in the air intake aft of the doors.
The bonnet section is lower at the centre with raised wheelarch crests, while two carbon-fibre air channels in the front bonnet create an even more diminutive and sharper looking front mass underlined by the full LED headlights that feature a specific and very dynamic profile.
The radiators have been positioned closer together, and the front bumper has been completely redesigned, while the windscreen header rail has been lowered allowing more airflow over the aero foil and thus over the rear spoiler.
The engine is framed by a transparent polycarbonate cover, and a transverse aero foil projects as a bridge between the hoops, effectively revisiting one of the most distinctive features of Ferrari sports prototypes of the 1960s.
The rear features a quad taillight design that widens the car visually under a high-downforce wing profile, and the rear diffuser features an extractor shape inspired by jet engine afterburners, giving the car a powerful stance.
It also features 20” forged rims of unique design crafted specifically for this limited-edition model.
Inside the cabin, specific trim adorns the sports seats, echoing the design of the rear bonnet contour, and its carbon-fibre hard targa top is divided into two pieces which stow conveniently behind the seats.
The J50 presented at the launch in Tokyo is finished in a special shade of three-layer red with a red-over-black interior trimmed in fine leather and Alcantara.