Ordinarily a story about a couple of baseball-cap wearing 'yoofs' hooning around the mountains in a pair of four-wheel drive estates would not raise an eyebrow in the Car Enthusiast office. However, when the yoofs in question are Scuderia Ferrari drivers, Fernando Alonso and Felipe and the 'estates' are actually Ferrari FFs we tend to sit up and take notice.
As part of its annual Wrooom retreat/media event Ferrari sent both of its Formula 1 drivers to the top of the Madonna di Campiglio alpine skiing course to highlight the FF's advanced 4 RM all-wheel drive system.
Normally a 660hp V12 and snow would go together like chalk and cheese but thanks to the combination of the four-wheel drive, the Ferrari traction control system (which deals with the constantly changing grip and variable amount of torque on each wheel independently) and the skills of the two drivers, both cars made it down the slalom in one piece. In fact they finish in a scarcely believable dead heat. A video is included below in which you can clearly see Alonso getting very sideways going through the final gate before cutting to a dramatic shot of his front wheel. We can only assume the cut was to edit out the "Felipe, Fernando is faster than you!" message from Rob Smedley.
Afterwards both drivers raved about the FF with Massa saying "The most incredible thing about the car is the fact there is no need to compromise maximum performance and usability, whatever the driving environment. And on top of that, it's perfect for everyday use with the whole family in the car."
09 Feb: Renault is the automotive sponsor of Grand Designs Live 2014, supporting both the London (3-11 May) and Birmingham (9-12 October) shows. The company's cars will be on display, including the electric Zoe and Twizy models.
09 Feb: Toyota is supporting Staffordshire Wildlife Trust with a donation towards setting up a new explorer trail. The money comes from the Toyota Fund for a Better Tomorrow, a programme of small grants for local community projects.
28 Jan: ITV4 will show the first of a three-part series, Touring Car Legends, on Wednesday 5th February at 8pm. Narrated by Tiff Needell, the documentary tells the story of the British Touring Car Championship from the first race in 1957 to the present day.