Lack of snow and warm temperatures forced Ferrari to modify its winter driving school

Article by Christian A., on February 21, 2012

The lack of snowfall in Aspen forced Ferrari to modify its first winter driving school and to refund money to several participants as it had become impossible to maintain an ice and snow course. Ferrari’s plan was to host a winter driving school on six straight weekends starting in January but due to relatively warm temperatures, the plan had to be canceled.

A Ferrari representative said that last Friday, the automaker started an alternative program that spans around 350 miles of driving through mountain passes and winding roads in locations around Aspen, such as Glenwood Springs, Marble and Paonia.

To participate in the two-day program, a fee of $11,300 per person had to be paid. The participant gets a lodge with classrooms, a place for hospitality and catering, and a two-night stay at the Little Nell Hotel, and some instructional training. About 40 drivers have signed up for this revised program.

Last October, Ferrari announced the launch of this two-day program that is patterned after its “European Pilota On Ice” program. Ferrari offers this program three times a year at the Dolomite mountains in Italy, with a price of around €15,000 for each participant.

This program started in 2009. Ferrari concierge Jeff Garlock said that this class composed of 12-15 students is taught how to drive Ferraris on snow and ice. What Ferrari planned originally was for the school to take place on a mile-long course made of snow and ice on private land about 15 to 20 minutes outside of Aspen.

Ferrari provided details about the driving school last year. Back then, Ferrari’s program project manager Andrew Torris said that he expects maybe 10 people to join the program but by the middle of January, all of the sessions in the program had been sold out.

The striking new FF is a step in a new direction for Ferrari. It comes with four-wheel drive and pushes the envelope in terms of performance with the successful combination of a GT's durability and power with the spectacle of a sports car and it does so in a new and interesting fashion.

Not one part of the Ferrari FF has not been looked at with a view for changing or improving upon it. One of the first things considered was the GDI V12 engine and its stylish seven-speed F1 dual-clutch gearbox. Capable of easily delivering 8,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 683 Nm, the V12 engine can do 0-100 km/h in a mere 3.7 seconds and pushes 335 km/h at its peak speed.

This extra power doesn't come at a cost either with the fuel economy enhanced due to the inclusion of the HELE (High Emotion – Low Emission) System which with Stop & Start technology ensures the FF produces 25% less CO2 than previous V12s (360 g/km) and will now deliver 15.4 litres per 100 km.

Surprisingly this sort of performance isn't limited to the best terrain. The FF has been developed so as to be able to tackle all manner of terrain now thanks in part to its patented 4RM four-w drive technology. Thanks to the FF's innovative Power Transfer Unit (PTU), all four wheels’ power is distributed evenly despite all the torque being produced by the rear wheels. This distribution means that the FF can adjust according to the surface of the road and alternate between the front and back again as and when needed.

This is possible due to the integration of previous systems such as the E-Diff, F1-Trace and the PTU into just one application.

Ferrari equals performance so it comes as no great surprise to know the FF also delivers in this aspect. One of the reasons why the Ferrari FF has so much get up and go is due to the positioning of the vehicle. Over half of the weight is in the rear, again where the torque is generated and there have been changes in materials in this V12 too. It is now lighter than before and the improvements in fuel economy contribute to this. The interior too has been changed with the use of new alloys, better processes and magnesium rather than steel in the seats.

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