• Jan 13, 2012
Ferrari factory drivers are used to racing in all sorts of conditions: under the baking sun, in the pouring rain, at night and at sunset. Competing in the snow has historically been beyond their usual purview, but then again, Ferrari never made an all-wheel-drive vehicle before. That's where the FF comes in.

The Ferrari Four, as you may recall, channels its 660 horsepower to all four wheels through an innovative new all-wheel drive system that ups the traction but ditches much of the weight penalty usually associated with these types of systems systems. Ferrari has taken the occasion of its annual Wrooom event – a pre-season retreat at Italy's Madonna di Campiglio ski resort – to demonstrate the FF's abilities by putting its star Formula One drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa behind the wheel for a downhill slalom.

So who won? Ferrari says it was a dead tie. But while we don't believe that bit any further than we could throw one of their sportscars (light as they may be), there ought to be plenty of time to see which driver is quicker when the F1 season kicks off in a few months. In the meantime, you can check out the video and press release after the jump, along with our high-resolution gallery above.



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A very special slalom for Fernando and Felipe

Madonna di Campiglio, 11 January - The snow-capped mountains of Madonna di Campiglio are more used to hosting alpine skiing champions on their slopes for World Cup downhill races, but today they provided the backdrop to a most unusual parallel slalom race. The two Scuderia Ferrari drivers, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa went head to head through the gates at the wheel of two FFs, the revolutionary four seater, four wheel drive Prancing Horse car. In their hands, the latest Ferrari proved to be very entertaining on demanding hills both up and down, as well as in endless changes of direction laid out on the downhill slalom course.

Fernando and Felipe were helped out in handling the 660 horsepower V12 in this very low grip environment in total safety thanks to the integral 4WD traction system, that deals with the constantly changing and variable amount of torque on each wheel independently, with fully integrated electronic control systems. The FF upholds the marque's tradition, providing a sporty and dynamic driving experience, aided by its transaxle layout – front-mid mounted engine, rear mounted gearbox – and its weight distribution, with 53% to the rear. One should not forget the skill of the two drivers who enjoyed themselves testing the FF in a scenario far removed from its more usual home on the streets.

The race ended in a perfect dead heat and Alonso could not hide his enthusiasm: "It's incredible how easy it is to drive the FF even on a such a demanding surface and at the same time, how high a performance level you can reach in it." Massa was of a similar opinion: "the most incredible thing about the car is the fact there is no need to compromise maximum performance and useability, whatever the driving environment," reckoned the Brazilian. "And on top of that, it's perfect for everyday use with the whole family in the car."

When the race ended, Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo, with Scuderia Team Principal, Stefano Domenicali and Maurizio Arrivabene of Philip Morris International had lunch with the drivers at the Chalet Fiat.


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      mrx19
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey Fernando, you're not a rapper - fix your friggin hat!
      nate
      • 2 Years Ago
      Tha'ts probably how fast stunts are filmed for movies like James Bond, but after all the CGI and crazy camera work they appear to going like 100+ mph.
      dezoris00
      • 2 Years Ago
      They both looked so happy to be apart of that publicity stunt.
      Elmo
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Vodafone Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Butten videos were a lot better. They showed the really tight chemistry between the drivers. This video makes it seem like there is absolutely no chemistry between the 2. It's like they didn't even wanna be there. The McLaren video where Lewis slipped into the Aryton Senna McLaren made it feel like you were right there. The look on his face described everything that was going on his head. He was genuinely in awe because he was sitting in his childhood idol's car. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8_2PKsj_0A http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6706Xz6xYPY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zf40OzfwOo And the McLaren video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tQCXE7DDuc
        IBx27
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Elmo
        Of course they didn't want to be there. They're used to driving fun cars, not ugly automatic station wagons.
      the sliding dog
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well that was.......underwhelming
      waetherman
      • 2 Years Ago
      That was so not impressive. What a waste of a couple of nice FF's and and a pair of decent drivers.
      Soccer Mom
      • 2 Years Ago
      What? No Ronald McDonald at the end of this superbly-staged publicity stunt? Perhaps, that explains why they look so cross.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah - marketing lameness. Atleast Masa beat Alonso (regardless what the official result was.) The FF really is a beautiful car in person. The Seattle Maserati/Ferrari dealer has had a gunmetal FF in the show room for a little while now and it is magnificent. The lines of the car in person really are beautiful - you really must see it in person. Completely outshines the 360s, 430s and 550s along side it. (Though for the money - give me a 458 spider - in red please.)
        ThomasP
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wafflesnfalafel
        Not sure why you're getting the downvotes... I am willing to bet the average Autblog reader hasn't seen one of these in person and is showjing their ignorance and stationwagod prejudice. In fact, simply referring to this beast as a station wagon is absurd. This type of car is a shooting break, and i will take one over any Audi, Volvo or Subaru wagon every single day.
      masonperegrine
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh come on!! No fender bumping??
      StaceyS
      • 2 Years Ago
      I bet whoever came up with this publicity stunt was at the end thinking "oh, that was a lot faster and exciting in my head..." Call in the Post-Production team and cue the heavy metal music! Result: the actual "race" is about 22 seconds of this video, and the longest continuous shot is about 3 seconds long, in which the red FF drags itself by a camera at some point in the course.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @StaceyS
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      kidgib1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rob Smedley to Massa: Alonso is faster than you. Can you confirm you understood that message?
      Rob Cook
      • 2 Years Ago
      Heh, Felipe finally beat Alonso
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