Ferrari announced its plans to launch a winter driving program for Ferrari FF owners. The program will be the first of its kind offered by the Italian sports car maker in the U.S., and will be built using the blueprints of the similar “Pilota on Ice” programs offered by Ferrari in Italy. Called the Winter Driving Experience, the program is made up of a two-day instructional course and is intended to give FF owners a basic overview of high-performance snow driving.
The program was specifically developed for Ferrari’s controversial new four-passenger shooting brake, the FF, and is designed to highlight the car’s 4RM all-wheel drive system – a system that Ferrari says retains the sporty and dynamic driving characteristics typical of a Ferrari, while also providing additional grip. As we discovered in our First Drive of the FF, the all-wheel drive system does its job well in the white powdery stuff. Without it, the power from the FF’s 651-hp 6.3-liter V-12 would likely be quite a handful in the snow.
The course will provide Ferrari owners with a fleet of eight specially-prepared FFs, and take drivers through the wintery landscape of the Colorado Rockies for an assortment of snow and ice driving exercises. The program will cost $11,300, plus $950 if you bring a guest, and will include a three-day, two-night stay in Aspen, Colo. when it launches in January 2012. The program will continue throughout next year’s winter season until early spring, or whenever the snow runs out in the Rockies.