A labor of love, engineer Peter Giacobbi has made a childhood dream come true, building his own Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa replica from scratch. His heroes the likes of Juan Manuel Fangio and Graham Hill, legendary racing drivers who pushed the 250 TR to its limits, Giacobbi states "I wanted to experience what they experienced, and I didn’t know any other way to do it except by trying to build a car like they had." Part of the design team for the iconic DeLorean, the master fabricator has lived and breathed auto all his life. After finding a handmade aluminum body for a 1959 TR in Italy, he set about piecing together the puzzle, using original parts where possible and recreating others to exact standard, no detail left uncovered.
While cynics have called out the car as a fake, Giacobbi is immensely proud of his achievement. The real thing way out of reach (an unrestored, 1957 250 Testa Rossa sold for over $39 million recently,) Giacobbi is the owner of a fully-functioning, roaring machine that he drives on a regular basis. Weighing it at 2,300 lbs, boasting 400 horsepower, this is a ride for those in the know, "these cars are very hard to drive…It’s pure seat of the pants.”An absolutely stunning motor in all its uneven beauty, Petrolicious catch up with maker as he takes his creation out for a spin.