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.