The Ferrari Testarossa was conceived as a successor to the Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer. The name Testarossa was a tribute to the 1957 250 Testa Rossa sports racing car, which famously won the 1957 World Sportscar Championship in Italy. In the native Italian, Testa Rossa means “red head,” referring to the cars’ twelve cylinder engine, which was painted red.
Introduced as a variant to the Ferrari Testarossa, the Ferrari 512TR was presented in 1992, with a 4.9 L Tipo F113 D F12 engine and a 319 kW power output. With this new engine, the 512TR could go from zero to 62 miles per hour in just 4.80 seconds, and to a hundred miles per hour in just 10.70.
In 1995, a recall was necessary due to a defect in the model’s fuel hose fitting. More than four hundred units had this problem, which resulted in issues with the vehicle’s environment and temperature. Additionally, another recall was mandated due to the passive restraint system on seat belts not working as they should. Despite these issues, the model still became a successful model in popular culture, even becoming the icon for the 1994 racing arcade game The Need for Speed.