Ferrari has had its share of drivers who knew their way around a snowy rally course. Gilles Villeneuve, for example, was famous for the drifting techniques he picked up racing snowmobiles in his native Quebec. And Kimi Raikkonen, for another, left the Scuderia for the World Rally Championship where he exercised his Finnish roots. Thing is, both of these top drivers were gone from the Ferrari roster long before the company introduced the FF as its first all-wheel-drive car.

That's where Markku Alen comes in. The former World Rally Champion took the FF up to the Arjeplog track in the north of his native Sweden, just an hour's drive south of the Arctic Circle, to stretch it out in the snow. Fortunately, he also brought a film crew along. While Ferrari's shot footage of the FF playing in the snow before, none of it came out quite as majestic as this clip. Follow the jump to check it out.

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Markku Alen tests the FF on a snow-covered forest stage

Maranello, 2 February 2012 – What happens when a former World Rally Champion gets behind the wheel of an FF for a challenge on a forest track completely covered in snow? This exceptional event was captured on camera of, who followed this very special day for Markku Alen on the Arjeplog track, in Northern Sweden, about 100 km South of the Artic Circle. The track is probably the most challenging surface for Ferrari's latest 12-cylinder which features an innovative 4RM four-wheel drive system that has fascinated the international press and clients, and was highly praised by Markku, the Finnish ice track specialist and winner of the World Rally Championship in 1978.

At temperatures between -15° and -30° Celsius on the steep inclines and challenging corners of the 14km "Forest" track, Markku Alen was able to test the FF to extremes, particularly the car's traction on surfaces with extremely low grip. Thanks to the perfect weight distribution and the car's mechanical set up, the FF again demonstrated its safety, stability and performance, with Markku commenting that the FF is especially enjoyable to drive, even for a former World Champion.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Music is too loud, can't hear the engine!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd really like to see a factory effort of one or two of these in Rallycross. OH! Or the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb! Either one. Point being, they need to do some kind of racing with this.
      • 3 Years Ago
      HPE FTW
      • 3 Years Ago
      It may be ugly, but the sounds...ah, the sounds.
      • 3 Years Ago
      How Ferrari does Hot Hatches!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ultimate snow mobile.
      • 3 Years Ago
      1. other awd will outhandle this car for much less money, i.e gtr,evo,sti. 2. most peoplr that buy ferraris either barely drive them and less in any snow
        • 3 Years Ago
        yes, people are always cross-shopping Ferraris and Evos.....
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just a fat mans fat car
      • 3 Years Ago
      The way Ferrari does these things, I bet that's two weeks of filming and that had to dig it out of the snowbanks a hundred times and clean it off.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Actually Ferrari allowed even the journalists to drive it in the snow...
      Radioactive Flea
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honestly, who in their right mind would drive a 200k car in the snow.
      Nicholas Selman
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't care what popular opinion says, I think the FF is just about the most beautiful all-purpose vehicle I've ever seen. It surely beats a rally-style hatchback for looks, and I actually think Ferrari pulled off the shooting brake marvelously. The only negative comments I have are that the car's weight appears to make it pretty stressful to drive in the snow (look at the wheelman's face and just how slowly/un-nimbly it rumbles around the curves) and I'd rather the engine tone be more touring car than it is.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Saw the FF over the weekend and my God this car is Hideous from some angles. The headlight LEDs borderline tacky, the grill mesh on the fender and rear end look like mosquito net mesh, from grill appears Mazda happy and the overall proportion is just terrible. Some cars look better in person than on photos - not this Ferrari.
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