Who would’ve thought that the quirky Jensen FF would have a successor from Ferrari some 40-plus years after its demise? Like its predecessor, the Ferrari FF is an all-wheel drive shooting brake. While we’ve yet to see if history will be as unkind to the Ferrari FF as it was to the Jensen, the two cars on a road together certainly makes for a compelling video.
This video from Classic Driver TV takes the classic Jensen, and drives it side by side with the all-new Ferrari FF. The two cars share a lot besides a name. Both cars are front-engine, all-wheel drive, shooting brakes, and both include technological firsts. The Jensen FF was the first car to have all-wheel drive, and antilock brakes – previously the combination of the two had only been seen in Formula 1 cars of the era. (Fun fact, Jensen licensed the technology from Ferguson Research, the company behind the all-wheel drive P99 F1 car, hence “FF” for “Ferguson Formula.”)The Ferrari FF’s all-wheel drive system is a technological first too; rather than have drive shafts dangling underneath the car, the Ferrari FF’s front wheels are powered by a small gearbox mounted directly to the crankshaft.
Just a little bit of a heads-up for those looking forwards to an epic duel like the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport vs. Porsche 911 Carrera S Head 2 Head last week, keep looking. This video contains gorgeous scenery, two gorgeous cars, and an um…rather dry narrator. Nonetheless, the two cars make the video certainly worth watching.