Ferrari announces 2012 Winter Driving Experience in Aspen

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 26, 2011

Ferrari has revealed plans to launch a winter driving program in the U.S. for those who own a Ferrari FF. Considered a first of its kind, the Winter Driving Experience program will be created with the blueprints of the same “Pilota on Ice” programs that Ferrari made available in Italy. This program consists of a two-day instructional course and is meant to provide a basic overview of high-performance snow driving.

Ferrari developed this program specifically for the FF, its new four-passenger shooting brake.

Its design is intended to emphasize the car’s 4RM all-wheel drive system, which keeps the sporty and dynamic driving characteristics that are to be expected from a Ferrari. In addition, this system provides added grip. The all-wheel drive system of the FF performs quite well on snow. This system helps control the FF’s 651-hp 6.3-liter V-12 on the cold slippery surface.

Through this course, Ferrari owners will have a fleet of eight specially-prepared FFs to use in various snow and ice driving exercises at the Colorado Rockies.

Those who want to participate in this program only need to pay $11,300, and if they bring a guest, they only have to add $950. Participants get a three-day, two-night stay in Aspen, Colo., under this program that launches in January 2012. This program will persist through the winter season in 2012 until early spring.

The new Ferrari FF features the supercar maker’s patented 4RM four-wheel drive system, which allows this new offering to perform very well even in terrain with very low grip coefficients. While torque is still transmitted through the rear wheels, the system’s Power Transfer Unit (PTU) works so that the needed torque is also sent to the front wheels when the car is treading on low grip surfaces.

Moreover, since all the car’s dynamic vehicle controls -- E-Diff, F1-Trac and PTU -- have been integrated into a single CPU, the Ferrari FF could smartly allocate torque to each of the four individual wheels. Ferrari FF has a transaxle architecture – wherein mid-front engine with gearbox is placed over the rear axle – with 53 percent of weight placed to the rear of the car. This configuration allows the new Ferrari FF to exhibit a remarkably sporty drive.

The Italian supercar maker also paid a lot of attention into making certain component lighter. For instance, the engine features new castings; the bodyshell is now made from new aluminum alloys and has undergone new production processes; and the seats use magnesium. In addition, the new Ferrari FF makes use of lighter and more durable third-generation carbon-ceramic brakes from Brembo.

By employing these features, the new Ferrari FF boasts of an outstanding weight-to-power ratio of 2.7 kg/CV. As styled by Pininfarina, the lines of the new Ferrari FF appropriately convey its sportiness and versatility. Its versatility is proven by the fact that its interior is large enough to comfortably accommodate four people and carry around 450 liter of cargo. Once the rear seats are folded down, the boot space expands to 800 liters, which means the Ferrari FF could carry more luggage than other cars in its category.

Press Release

Ferrari Announces New Snow and Ice Driving School: The 2012 Winter Driving Experience in Aspen, Colorado

Ferrari North America is pleased to announce its 2012 Winter Driving Experience, the Prancing Horse's first American snow and ice driving school.

Based on the "Pilota on Ice" programs offered in Italy, the Winter Driving Experience is Ferrari's newest and most dynamic driving program. The two-day course, scheduled to launch in January 2012 and run until the early Spring, has been specifically developed with the FF in mind to highlight the versatility and functionality of the all-new 4 seat Ferrari model.

The beauty and topography of Aspen, Colorado offers the perfect backdrop for the custom-made snow and ice course that Ferrari will build to showcase the FF model's potent abilities. The new GT debuts the Ferrari-designed 4RM all-wheel drive system, which enables the FF to retain the sporty and dynamic driving characteristics typical of a Ferrari while providing the added traction necessary in low-grip situations. Owners will conduct snow and ice driving exercises using a fleet of 8 specially prepared FFs.

The course is aimed at elevating the driver's skills in challenging conditions while offering an exclusive 3 day-2 night stay in one of the most beautiful areas of the North American Rockies.
Additional program details can be found at www.experienceferrari.com. Information on guest services as well as questions on the program can be acquired through the Ferrari Concierge at 866-551-2828.

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