Covering exotic cars for about two years now, I've grown accustomed to jaw-droppingly beautiful footage of traveling vehicles. However, 99.9 percent of that footage has been on the road, track or other land-based terrain.
Enter the 0.1 percent. Ferrari released a new video clip this week, showing its latest concept--the FF--being carried to over 7,000 feet in a helicopter. While capturing video of a bright red Ferrari in a CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter against the backdrop of the craggy Dolomites seems to be plenty of motivation in itself, there was actually a purpose to the mission: bringing the Ferrari to a special snow-and-ice test track at Italy's Plan De Corones ski resort, where about 200 journalists will get the opportunity to test it.
The reason for the exotic locale and the snow-and-ice test circuit is that the FF is the first ever Ferrari to get a four-wheel-drive system. And Ferrari has been showing the system off every chance it has gotten, so it's not surprising that they want journalists to put it to the full test.
Powering those four wheels, Ferrari uses a 651-hp 6.3-liter V12 engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Testers will enjoy up to 208 mph of speed and acceleration times as low as 3.7 seconds to 62 mph.
Testing starts in just a few days and runs for a month, so scour the major auto publications to see what the experts think of their time in the snow.