I’m not actually that interested in most supercars. Sure, most of them are fast, but that’s not always what I want. And besides, in situations like this, there’s stuff that’s even faster…they’re called racecars.
And I think most of them look rather good…but not amazing. And this applies to several grand tourers as well, at least ones that can compete with supercars regularly. If I want a car that thrills me, I’ll usually look somewhere else.
But if a supercar or grand tourer can tempt me in with much more than just the quintessential formula for such a thing, then it has a chance to pull me in. The Ferrari FF took this chance like nothing else I’ve known.
The one simple reason for it was something I’ve brought up in the past, that being my love for four-wheel-drive. Though we’d seen it before on supercars and some less sporty grand tourers, they were either slightly nullified by the engine layout in the former’s case, or didn’t necessarily improve the driving experience in the latter.
But this is a little bit different, and I suspect it’s quite possibly down to the Ferrari factor. I might not show so much interest in some of their offerings but the fact is, they are still the most popular brand in the world, and they have been for as long as I’ve known about cars. So mixing the name with one of my single favourite elements of a car was already a big plus point.
But of course it might not have been quite like anything else were it not for the fact it was a shooting brake. That was what really split it from anything else, made it unique and different from all the rest. And though people often criticise the back end’s looks, I’m absolutely fine with them and I think the Ferrari looks just as brilliant as everything from the marque should.
Of course, real life practicalities also come about from this design, which is pretty mad when you consider this thing had what was at the time Ferrari’s largest engine, a 6.3-litre V12 making 651bhp. That’s probably the ultimate factor with this thing; the sheer madness of the concept. And thankfully, it offers the best of both worlds thanks to the Ferrari touch.
And in Forza 6, all these characteristics should also add up to something quite unlike anything else a grand tourer can provide. And it does, and in more than just what the stats tell you…
The 4WD is of course an assist off the line, and sure enough all that power gets you up to nearly 186mph when you take away Monza’s Rettifilo chicane and just head straight down to Curva Grande instead.
And of course, the 4WD also keeps you far more stable out of the corners, especially given the engine is still at the front. (OK, technically it is mid-engined but all that’s important is that the heart is still up front.) Whilst the actual cornering itself isn’t the fastest in the world, given the 1880kg weight on it, the stability behind it is a serious help. That’s not what you notice most of all when driving this car, though…
Indeed, what makes or breaks a drive in this car is what you do before the corners. Because you have to know exactly the right point to slow it down to a point it’ll get round just how you want it to. Nowhere is this more noticeable than at the Variante della Roggia, probably the trickiest turn in this car to get around.
That might sound awfully obvious, but because it’s the key factor behind the Ferrari FF, it means that driving it is all down to you. You’re the one responsible for making it go, and if you do, it does the rest all for you, powering through a corner completely unfaltered. Whereas some cars just do what they want no matter what you try, the FF’s speed all depends on whether you get it right. But it’s not anything to do with skill – it’s just simply picking the right moment.
If there’s nothing you like more than being in complete control, look no further. It might not be the greatest driving sensation in the game, but it rewards you like nothing else can. Give it a try, and you might just find out just how you want to drive everything else.