Video: Ferrari FF Plays in the Snow

Last week, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, forecasting another 6 weeks of winter for us in the continental US.  I don’t normally post about any Ferrari-related, but I’m giving an exception to this video.  Click past the jump for a primer on the Ferrari FF and a 2-minute, 46-second video of it being handily driven around a prepared snow track.

The Car:

The Ferrari FF is an interesting mix of sports car, practicality, and of course luxury.  A four-wheel drive setup powered by a snarling 12-cylinder engine, with seating for four.  Four seats, Four-wheel drive, hence the FF moniker.  It’s got a 6-speed transmission, 651 horsepower on tap, and weighs about 4,000 lbs.  To say it’s fast is an understatement.  An interesting side-note: the FF’s four-wheel drive system is comprised of a 7-speed driver-controlled gearbox to power the rear wheels, and an ingenious 2-speed transmission that gets its power from the front of the engine.  This 2-speed setup doesn’t work at insanely fast speeds (since it’s only operable between 1st and 4th gears) but transfers up to 20% of the engine’s torque to the front wheels, to help it grip in the snow, as you’ll see below.  Click here for more information on the Ferrari FF.

The Setup:

The driver in the video is Markku Alen, a former World Rally Championship (WRC) driver.  The track is the Arjeplog, in northern Sweden.  It’s covered in snow, and looks to be like it’s groomed that way for rally car drivers to practice (or even race) on.

The Video:
Note: I recommend you view the following video in 720p quality, in full screen mode.

by John Suit

Source: Ferrari

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