Weird News from Ferrari
We'll get back to Project AMC shortly, but in the meantime I want to point out two recent doings at Ferrari--one unexpected but awesome, and the other ... well, just highly unexpected.
The unexpected but awesome news is that Ferrari is releasing a station wagon--actually, to be precise, a two-door wagon, or shooting brake. There are two other nice touches--it's all-wheel-drive and is named the FF, in perhaps unconscious tribute to the ahead-of-its-time Jensen Interceptor FF, which was itself an all-wheel-drive grand tourer with a rear hatch.
A V-12 powered, 650-horsepower, 208-mph, all-wheel-drive wagon is completely different than what we would expect from Ferrari, but to me it just sounds like a fantastic idea. As gorgeous as the 458 Italia is I think the FF might now just be my favorite car in the Ferrari lineup. I can't think of a better car with which to tour the Alps--and since that dream will likely never happen, I'll simply just hope that the FF helps reinforce the fact that wagons can be fun, exotic, and gorgeous.
The other, even odder news, is that Ferrari's new Formula 1 car will be called the ... wait for it .... Ferrari F150. There are several reasons to explain why this makes sense--for one thing, Ferrari has a history of using names like F40 and F50, and apparently this name refers to the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy. I also understand that Americans are generally disinterested in F1 and that the rest of the world is generally disinterested in pickup trucks.
But even given all that, I'm surprised that Ferrari would so closely mimic the name of Ford's perenially best-selling F-150 pickup truck. Even the logos are somewhat similar. Perhaps it's a testament to Ford's marketing efforts, and it's probably just me--but there's no way I'll be able to hear about the Ferrari F150 without grinning and imagining it as a lowered, scarlet-red pickup truck with a few bales of Italian hay in the back.
All of this has me wondering if there's some multi-day Italian equivalent of April Fool's Day--I can find no other explanation for this highly welcome bout of wackiness.