Ferrari FF, the company’s most powerful, versatile four-seater ever, as well as its first ever four-wheel drive car has started rolling its wheels in some areas on earth already and is expected to be available for purchase very soon.
The FF – an acronym for Ferrari Four (four seats and four-wheel drive) – ushers in an entirely new GT sports car concept and melds the new V12 to an unprecedented level an extremely sporty, high-performance character with incredible versatility, superb comfort and sophisticated elegance, guaranteeing both driver and passengers an absolutely unique driving experience.
Apart from that, this AWD Super Sedan generates 651HP and 504 lb-ft of torque, and zips through to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds.
Engine Type 65-degree V12
Overall displacement 6,262 cc
Maximum power 660 CV @ 8,000 rpm
Maximum torque 683 Nm @ 6,000 rpm
Dimensions and weight Length 4907 mm
Width 1953 mm
Height 1379 mm
Dry weight* 1790 kg
Weight distribution 47% front, 53% rear
Weight/power ratio 2.7 kg/CV
Performance Maximum speed 335 km/h
0-100 km/h 3.7 sec
Fuel consumption and emissions (ECE+EUDC)
Fuel consumption** 15,4 l/100 km
Emissions** 360 g/km
* European market version
** With HELE system
—- Specifications —-
6.3 liter V8
651 hp @ 8000 rpm
103.3 hp per liter
The Ferrari FF is expected to retail at a whopping $300,000 when it releases.
With the threat of Global Warming looming large, everyone is doing their bit to try and make the earth an eco-friendly place to live in. And this includes the car manufacturers as well.
After many ‘green’ cars, it was now Ferrari’s turn to step up the ‘green brigade’ and boy have they released a scorcher or what.
Designed as a “laboratory car” that brings Ferrari’s latest racing technology to the streets, the vehicle features a 100hp motor linked to a kinetic energy recovery system taken straight from last year’s Formula One program.
Based on the 599 GTB Fioriano, the vehicle features a V-12 engine linked to an electric motor that provides an additional 100hp. This hybrid system is very similar to that of the Toyota Prius. Whenever the car brakes, regenerative braking sends energy to a prismatic-cell battery pack, and the engine turns off. This energy can then be used to extend the vehicle’s range or provide a 100hp assist while driving. The vehicle is also capable of operating in full-electric mode for short trips.
Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo stated “We want to build a hybrid with huge power and huge performance. Within three to four years, every Ferrari in our lineup will offer some version of hybrid operation.”
Lets hope they’re able to refine the technology enough to provide more significant fuel savings in the future.
Fernando Alonso got his Ferrari career off to a flying start by setting the fastest time of the major Formula 1 test at Valencia on Wednesday.
Taking over from Felipe Massa, he set a best time of one minute 11.470 seconds – more than half a second clear of the field.
Sauber’s Pedro de la Rosa was second, ahead of Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes, which was 0.968secs off the pace.
McLaren’s Jenson Button finished 1.481secs slower than Alonso.
These Winter testing times are notoriously unreliable indicators of form because fuel loads, tyres and track conditions can make a significant difference to performance. Only time will tell if Ferrari are back at their best or will it be another Brawn masterclass in the upcoming F1 season.