Ferrari’s Special Projects Program is as busy as ever. The customizations arm just recently showed off the SP275 RW Competizione, a one-off creation based off the Ferrari F12 it made for an American customer, and now it’s debuted the all-new J50 supercar.
The J50 was unveiled last night during a special celebration held at the National Art Center in Tokyo celebrating the automaker’s 50th anniversary in the country. Just 10 examples of the limited-edition supercar will be made, with each example tailored specifically to the customer’s wishes.
The J50 will be produced by Ferrari’s Special Projects program and was designed by the automaker’s in-house Styling Centre in Maranello. It’s based around the 488 Spider and utilizes a 690 horsepower version of the the supercar’s 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine and the same seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Ferrari says the limited-edition convertible was styled to evoke several of its most well-loved road cars of the 1970s and ‘80s. One of the most prominent design features is the black ‘swage’ line that splits the body down the middle – a cue seen on prominent Ferrari road cars such as the 288 GTO and F40. Another key styling feature is the ‘helmet visor’ shaped windscreen, which is reminiscent of Ferrari’s competition barchettas of the 1950s and was also featured on the one-off Ferrari 458 MM.
The J50’s carefully crafted body isn’t just for show. The automaker has worked a number of functional solutions into the design, positioning the radiators closer together and lowering the windscreen to improve airflow over the rear air foil and spoiler. The rear diffuser also features an extractor shape inspired by jet engine afterburners and further aids in downforce production.
The J50 presented at the launch even in Tokyo was finished in a special shade of three-layer red with a red on black interior trimmed in leather and Alcantara. All 10 examples to be built have already been spoken for.