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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.

FerrariFF 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.

F150 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.

--Chris H.

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The new Ferrari Ferguson Formula looks like the bastard child of a BMW M-Coupe and the Monkeymobile. Ferrari is dead to me until they start putting manual transmissions back in their cars.

LOL!!!!! Ferrari F150!!!! Man did that take me back, specifically when I was a kid trying to figure out if the F50 was the truck or the sports car.
The confusion stemmed that in my mentality at the time was that any vehicle carrying the 'F' besides a number meant that it was part of the family of Ford trucks.
Needless to say I soon learned the difference. ^^

Am I the only one imagining a smoothed-out, stylized, red F-150 with a Ferrari V-12 under the hood and creamy leather interior?

What would you convert to Ferrari standards?

Jeep Grand Wagoneers come to mind:
http://carscoopcar.blogspot.com/2008/05/jerrari-suv-ferrari-365-gt-jeep.html
Maybe something a little more "conventional":
http://www.jpmagazine.com/featuredvehicles/154_0909_1977_jeep_wagoneer_the_jerrari/index.html

How about a Rambler?
http://www.didntyouhear.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/ferrambo.jpg
Here's their official website:
http://www.diversstreetrods.com/ferrambo/index.php

No, tigerstrypes my friend, you are *not* the only person imagining a smoothed-out, stylized, red Ford F-150 pickup with a Ferrari V-12 under the hood and creamy leather interior. Such a creature would be unnatural, an offense against the order of the universe, one of those things that gets B-movie mad scientists in felony karmic trouble for Tampering With Nature and Seeking Knowledge Man Was Not Meant To Know.

It would also be wicked sweet and/or awesome.

Someone *has* to do it!

A sports truck? Oh, that's already been covered here:
http://www.carlustblog.com/2008/09/gmc-syclonegmc.html

Just take a Ford F150 and let Ferrari give it a little "treatment", a la the "Syklone". Then, we could follow that up with a Ram with a Maserati package. Maybe call it the Ram TC or something. With leather, it becomes the Ram TC Imperial.

That ain't no "wagon", it's one'a them "shootin' brake" things.

You can tell because it costs a fortune, for one.

Cool car. But for the money I'd much rather buy a WRX and tune the heck out of it and take the extra $100,000 I'd save to the bank. A Ferrari on snow? That takes bank.

Wow, a proper followup to the BMW Z3 Coupe - sign me up!

Now I'm hoping that BMW sees this and produces a "shooting brake" version of the Z4 again.

I am not the target demographic for this car, but I applaud Ferrari for going in a unique (for them) direction.

It's about time. Where can I place the order?

My guess: no-one at Ferrari is aware that there is such a thing as an F150 pick-up. I don't think they sell those things in Europe, and it isn't exactly the kind of vehicle they would be paying attention to anyway.

(Was I just blind when I posted my comment, or did the article get edited to add the "more precise" bit after "station wagon"?

'cause I sure don't recall it being there at the time.)

It was there before, Sigivald - I thought it was funny that you clarified on the shooting brake bit. :-)

Maybe it's my fondness for wagons, but I'm rather taken with the FF. On paper, it's the perfect layout for a true Grand Tourer: a powerful engine, a balanced chassis, a comfortable cockpit, and plenty of room for luggage. But that silhouette takes me back to the 250 GT Drogo - the Breadvan. Like the Breadvan, this is a form shaped by function; but I doubt few would argue the FF is far more beautiful. I don't compare it to the M Coupe (another favorite of mine) but rather to the P1800ES. This is the top-shelf interpretation of what the C30 could have been - if that silly "R-Design" had actually included the drivetrain from the S60R. Some might say this is an answer to a question nobody had asked. I say if you have to ask, this probably isn't the answer you were looking for. Ferrari just might have an instant classic here, but I almost think I can feel Enzo rolling in his grave. A shooting brake? From Ferrari? I suppose the question, then, is why not?

"The new Ferrari Ferguson Formula looks like the bastard child of a BMW M-Coupe and .." - i AGREE :)
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I think Ferrari was jalous about ugly a$$ hell Panamejra , so they wanted to make their own Beetle .. It looks better than Porsch, but they're taking wrong way,
Panamera and Cayenne is 80% of sales , I belive they'll stop producing Boxster and caymann soon .. if these cars dont sell , lets make more Nouvo Riche SUV's and 4-door limusines ..WTF ?!?

..there are some cynical, career-/money-making bastards (called industrie elite:) and they play with prestigous brand...
in few years Porsche will be worth no more than V-Wagen..

"The new Ferrari Ferguson Formula looks like the bastard child of a BMW M-Coupe and .." - i AGREE :)
...
I think Ferrari was jalous about ugly a$$ hell Panamejra , so they wanted to make their own Beetle .. It looks better than Porsch, but they're taking wrong way,
Panamera and Cayenne is 80% of sales , I belive they'll stop producing Boxster and caymann soon .. if these cars dont sell , lets make more Nouvo Riche SUV's and 4-door limusines ..W - T - F ?!?

A Ferrari WTF?

So I guess the doppelganger will be the Ford Enzo Crew-Cab?

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