Ferrari FF

Ferrari Reveals First Ever Shooting Brake

Ferrari's website played host to the first images of the Italian marques first ever Shooting Brake model.
Badged as the FF, the successor to the 612 Scaglietti will be a four-seat, four-wheel drive supercar - the first of its kind and touted as a "revolution" by Ferrari.
Alongside other Shooting Brake models the FF stands out as it has rejected the squared-off rear of its competitors instead favouring a more rounded rear-end that smacks of a hatchback.
Again Ferrari has teamed up with Pininfarina - the famed Italian design house - to come up with the FF however similarities can be drawn to Shooting Brake predecessors like the Lotus Elite Type 75 and the Reliant Scimitar.
At its front however, the FF is all Ferrari taking a lot of its styling cues from the Scaglietti it replaces and giving little indication of the alternative rear of the model. It features a wide-spaced front grille and two iterations of the iconic prancing horse.
The FF also grabs the headlines for its engine arrangement.
Under the bonnet it will hold the most powerful engine Ferrari has ever built in the form of a new 6.2-litre V12 engine. Mated to a transaxle dual-clutch F1 transmission, the FF has a massive output of 650bhp allowing the car to clear 0-62mph in 3.7seconds with a top speed of 208mph.
This translates into wince-inducing CO2 emissions of 360g/km and a combined fuel consumption of 18.3mpg - a slight improvement on the 612 Scaglietti whose 470g/km CO2 emissions and 13.8mpg combined cycle were shocking.
Another area the FF improves on its predecessors is in terms of practicality. Despite retaining Ferrari's typical three-door arrangement, it is longer and taller than the 612 Scaglietti meaning interior space and luggage space is not far off the Ford Focus estate.
The Ferrari FF will be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
David Hort currently works for a number of automotive websites including MotorTorque writing up to date news, features, blogs and buyers guides from the motoring world.

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Ferrari Driving Experiences

Ferrari... Is there really any more to say? The word Ferrari is one of those universal brands. Almost everyone knows what it means and almost everyone can picture that flash of red roaring through twisty mountain roads. Ferrari is at the very pinnacle of the motoring world. Those that are fortunate enough to be rich enough to own a Ferrari of their own must certainly feel a sense of importance and success emanating from the car regardless of its worth. Not everyone can experience this feeling on a day-to-day basis of course and that's life. There is however, a better feeling. A feeling that anyone who seeks it can experience if they so wish.
What many people really want to do is get behind the wheel of one of these iconic red masterpieces and blast it full throttle around a race track of their choice for a tiny fraction of the cost of owning a Ferrari for themselves. Look at it this way: upwards of £100,000 will give you the chance of driving a Ferrari around your neighbourhood to the shops to get some milk, but is that really what a Ferrari is for? Certainly not, a Ferrari needs to be unleashed into it's natural habitat, the race track, with you at the wheel. Ferrari driving experiences are therefore amongst the most popular driving experiences available.
Should you decide to take the opportunity to floor a raging Ferrari around a race track, you will be spoilt for choice regarding the location for this experience. Many companies offer a range of nationwide locations at which Ferrari driving is available so it is a relatively simple task to find somewhere suitable and quite close by. The restrictions as to who can drive one of these cars varies between experience providers but it is generally the case that you need to be in good general health and hold a valid driving licence.
When you arrive you will be greeted and will attend a safety briefing. That should be a comforting statement bearing in mind that a 400bhp super car will be waiting for you to put the pedal to the metal. The briefing will let you know about the specific rules of the track and the conduct required of you. It's not all boring though, because you are then taught the basic principles of how to handle such a high powered car 'in anger' whilst sticking to the racing line of the track (the racing line is the quickest route around the track).
An instructor will then take you for a spin around the track in a sports hatchback so that you can get used to the forces involved in driving quickly whilst someone else is at the wheel. This will also help you to visualise what you were previously taught to ensure that you are properly equipped to handle the Ferrari. What happens next is really down to the individual company and the track at which the experience is booked. At some locations you will next be taken in a Porsche Cayman or an equivalent car so that you can get used to the track and the feel of speed first hand. This type of car is certainly no slouch, with typically some 250bhp available at the ball of your right foot and to anyone who has perhaps only ever driven family cars this might come as quite of a shock. Once you have had a few laps of the track and have started to refine your racing line you will get straight out of the car and your instructor will hand you a key. Printed on this key will be a horse rearing up on its hind legs on a yellow background; the key to a Ferrari.
The Ferrari's available on these experience days are most commonly the Ferrari 360 which was produced from 1999 to 2005 or the 360's predecessor, the 355. If you found the 250bhp car a little wild, you are sure to find one of these Ferrari's quite exhilarating indeed. Words simply cannot describe this experience.
People often approach the concept of a super car experience day with the mindset that the instructor, who is placed in the with you, is there to ensure that you don't go too crazy and break the car. Whilst this is to some extent true - your safety is their primary focus - those who experience a thrill ride in a Ferrari will often find that the only thing restricting them from going quicker is their own confidence. It is very often the case that the instructor will be suggesting ways in which you can increase your speed and cornering ability rather than trying to slow you down. The instructors are professionals and are usually racing drivers themselves so you will probably have a hard time trying to push hard enough to make them break a sweat. You will certainly have no trouble with having an exhilarating drive at the wheel of a Ferrari.
It's not quite over yet. At many circuits you will then go straight from the main event (the Ferrari drive) into a further car. This is likely to be something of a racing thoroughbred such as a Formula Renault, which is the younger sibling to a Formula 1 car. These things stick to the road and corner like go-karts but offer the speed of a sports car. This is the chance for you to drive around the track with no instructor at your side because this type of car is almost invariably a single seater so it will just be you, the car and the track...very, very quickly!
A Ferrari driving experience is certainly something that everyone should consider, if not for themselves then perhaps for a loved one. It is one of the most spectacular feelings that a person can experience and that feeling is by no means out of reach of most peoples' pockets.
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What to do in Magny-Cours? Clear to race or build racing cars. Thus, the date also has the force of Exagon. But now the French show at the Paris Motor Show (02.10.2010-17.10.2010), such as razor-sharp, confident and fast electrical mobility can be EGT with the Furtive.
For years Exagon collected as a supplier for the series “Electric Andros Trophy experience. The move to make, even a high-power sports car to the wheels appear, therefore, only logical. And performances of the Furtive EGT can be proud of well: 287 km/h and from 0 to 100 kph in just 3.6 seconds.
The constant torque applied for a respectable 480 Nm, from zero speed to 5000 rpm. This allows a little more than the assets of Sprint Porsche 911 Turbo, which depends on the V-Frenchman in the sprint to 100 km/h around a tenth.
Is designed as a classical EGT Exagon Furtive Gran Turismo 2 +2 seating. Thanks to 4.50 meters long, short transitions in the front and rear and therefore a generous wheelbase four people will easily find space on long journeys. According to the manufacturer combines the agility of the Furtive EGT of a sports car with the comfort and spaciousness of a sedan.
Designer table Exagon created a real eye-catcher. Razor-sharp lines drawn, a narrow tapering snout, consuming feline headlights, the rear lines of rising and a massive rear diffuser with large – this is a sports car already in the booth quickly.
In order to keep the can moving up to its electric sports already in the state, drive the Furtive EGT two new Siemens motors, each with 125 kW/170 PS. The overall performance thus adds up to 340 hp. The Siemens motors are currently the lightest and most compact in this performance category, and are characterized by liquid cooling and outstanding efficiency.
The specialist with the telling name of “juice” delivers the high performance lithium-ion batteries. At 150 kWh capacity to the battery for 10-year life be good to survive 3,000 charge process and provide a range of up to 406 kilometers. An optional range extender can increase the range up to 807 kilometers.
Come when and at what price the Exagon Furtive EGT on the market, will initially remain speculation. The exhibition in Paris has, however promising, so the Furtive EGT probably not like many other current studies into oblivion before he ever sees a dealer showroom has.