The Ferrari Testarossa is without a doubt one of the most popular Ferraris ever made. The Testarossa defined power and excess during the 80s and was the supercar that many of us grew up dreaming that we may one day own. The Testarossa’s 4-9-liter flat V12 engine produces an impressive 380 horsepower with a 0-60 mph in just 5.2 seconds and a standing quarter mile time of 13.5 seconds with a top speed of 180 mph. These may seem like mild numbers compared to the supercars of today, but the Ferrari Testarossa was the most powerful and iconic supercar of its time. Here is the famed Testarossa with an aftermarket exhaust that sounds as good as it looks.
The 1986 Ferrari Testarossa that was driven by Michael Jackson in the 1987 Pepsi commercial “The Chopper” will be up for auction this week at the annual Barret-Jackson event in Scottsdale, Az.
This particular vehicle was converted into a drop-top version for the Pepsi commercial by the R. Starman Company out of Costa Mesa, California. The black Testarossa is powered by a 4.9-liter flat-12 that produces a powerful 390 horsepower and 361lb-feet of torque underneath distinct red valve covers that directly play into the vehicles name Testarossa, which means “red head” in Italian.
The Testarossa is best known for being featured as a supporting actor in the 1980’s hit television series “Miami Vice”. The Testarossa possess a very distinct wide-body shape with obnoxiously exaggerated side intakes that make the Ferrari Testarossa the quintessential ‘80s bad-boy supercar.
Throughout the years many people have tried to replicate a Ferrari, normally by assembling a kit onto a Pontiac Fiero or maybe even a Toyota MR2, never have we seen a Ferrari made out of Cardboard! French artist Bendetto Bufalino actually took the time to construct what appears to be a mid 1980s Ferrari Testarossa out of cardboard and attached this Ferrari “clone” shell to the top of his Citroen Aixam city car.
It appears that this Ferrari costume fits like a glove and is completely functional in traffic. The windows appear to be a little restricted, not sure that the visibility is any worse than what is on a real Testerossa. Not sure if anyone in traffic is actually fooled by this attempt, we definitely give him credit for creativity. When it comes to performance, no amount of cardboard in the world is going to change that fact that his Aixam city car only goes 45 mph.
This is not Bufalino’s first venture into car creativity; previous works of art have included putting a Renault Clio on its roof to make a tree planter and using a VW Golf as a ping pong table.