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Would u drive Ferrari in the snow??

Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by Johns, Nov 3, 2003.

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  1. Johns

    Johns Guest

    Nov 2, 2003
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    Johnny East
    I was wondering if anyone here would drive their ferrari in the snow, I remember seein a pic of a Maranello parked with snow. If I had one I would drive it 24/7 just throw on some snow tires and drive =)
  2. cavallo_nero

    cavallo_nero Formula 3

    Nov 3, 2003
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    Giovanni Pasquale
    Whenever someone asks if i drive my 308 in the snow,, i reply that Ferrari makes High speed tire chains - good for 160 MPH. I get some unusual looks after that. i have a winter vehicle here in colorado, and would never drive my 308 intentionally in the snow or wintery roads - especially since some states salt the roads, here in colorado, they gravel the roads heavily after a snowstorm, so i restrain from driving, even when the roads are clear of snow and ice - as the gravel tears up the paint and windshield.
    78 308 GTS Euro -
  3. Caruso360

    Caruso360 Karting

    May 1, 2003
    Absolutely not!
  4. ragtop

    ragtop Rookie

    Feb 9, 2003
    My first thought on this is that Ferrari owners are typically the "right tool for the right job" kind of people. Ferraris are not the right tool for driving in snow.

    If you try to drive a nail with a wrench you will likely bend the nail, scratch the wrench, and piss off your wife. Better to use the hammer.
  5. Caruso360

    Caruso360 Karting

    May 1, 2003
    Absolutely not!
  6. Napolis

    Napolis Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Oct 23, 2002
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    Jim Glickenhaus
    I drive my F cars in the snow all the time. People raced 250 GTO's in the snow on the Monte rally. My daily driver has been a Ferrari for over 20 years. 308,TR, Maser Coupe. 270K miles on F cars in rain,sleet,snow, and sunshine.
    No Prob.
  7. Stickanddice

    Stickanddice Formula 3

    Nov 2, 2002

    As 50 Cent would put it. P-I-M-P!!

    Unfortunately not too many nutcases like you out there who would drive their GT40s, nevermind a road Ferrari, in the rain/snow.

  8. amenasce

    amenasce Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Joe Mansion
    Not a Ferrari but i did and even crashed it :D :D
  9. TestShoot

    TestShoot F1 World Champ
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    Not until I put a 3" California Lift Kit on my 550

  10. Napolis

    Napolis Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Jim Glickenhaus
    You don't need a lift kit. As long as you maintain forward momentum you crush down the snow and float up. I've driven in virgin snow that was much higher than my ground clearance in my TR. That one was fine in the snow. I went skiing in my 275 GTB several times. There was even a factory approved ski rack.
  11. KennyH

    KennyH F1 Veteran

    Aug 13, 2001
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    I can't imagine taking a Ferrari in the snow- I have a hard enough time with the BMW in hard rain..
  12. Ken

    Ken F1 World Champ

    Oct 19, 2001
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    I don't drive my Lotus in snow, but I do drive it all winter. The roads must be clear and dry which takes a day or two after a snowfall, and below freezing weather. When the roads are wet or slushy I take the Honda. The car is skittish in rain and I can't imagine driving on ice. I am careful to wash the underside when I can to get salt residue off. I don't understand the mentality of storing the car; any car is happiest being driven year round.
  13. ernie

    ernie Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Nov 19, 2001
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    The Bad Guy
    That would have to be a big NO!!!! I have been caught in the rain only once. As a matter of fact I even took the windshield wipers off. A) I don't want to risk loosing control of the car. B) I don't trust other people on the road in bad conditions. C) If you must drive in the snow do it in a 4 wheel drive vehicle.
  14. enjoythemusic

    enjoythemusic F1 World Champ

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    Hmmm... i HAVE been thinking of getting the stock metric rims/tires studded. Have aftermarket rims/tires so don't really care for the metric stocks. Besides, some 308's were properly done to avoid rust :)

    Enjoy the Drive,

    Steven R. Rochlin

    Me driving in the snow :)
  15. Catherine

    Catherine Rookie

    May 29, 2003
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    Snow? What's that?
  16. donv

    donv Two Time F1 World Champ
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    It wouldn't be my first choice, but sure, if necessary. I drove the 365 in light snow once, did fine.
  17. funshipone

    funshipone Formula Junior

    Jan 2, 2002
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    John Bicsak
    No as soon as salt is layed down I stop...
  18. Tyler

    Tyler F1 Rookie

    Dec 19, 2001
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    James, you're the man!

    To answer the question, yes of course. While not a first choice for inclement weather a Ferrari is just like any other car.

    Drive them, enjoy them, fix them when they break and refresh them when they begin to show age.
  19. TOM B

    TOM B Formula 3

    Jul 24, 2003
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    Thomas Buckley
    #19 TOM B, Nov 3, 2003
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    Yup. Do it all the time. I try not to take it out until the roads are plowed as the car / tire combination is not geared for snow. But once the roads are plowed, sand and salt be damned !

    Here are some pictures. Oh yeah. I wash her a LOT in the winter. Top and underneath.
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  20. Sharif

    Sharif Formula Junior

    Oct 19, 2003
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    If I am ever fortunate enough to have a ferrari I will definately drive it in the snow, just put some snow tires on it.

    I have a m3 right now and I can't stand the thought of not driving it everyday, rain, sun, or snow. I am sure the feeling will be amplified a thousand times with the ferrari. These cars bring so much joy, why not feel that way everyday?
  21. enjoythemusic

    enjoythemusic F1 World Champ

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    Nice pic! And we MUST admit it, Ferrari red looks ever so amazing against a pure white snow background :)

    Enjoy the Drive,

    Steven R. Rochlin
  22. Ron328

    Ron328 F1 Rookie
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    Mar 10, 2003
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    I drive mine even during winter but only on DRY days.
  23. snj5

    snj5 F1 World Champ

    Feb 22, 2003
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    Russ Turner
    Does fine in the snow - just think ahead and control the energy.
  24. Johns

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    Nov 2, 2003
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    Johnny East
    Its nice to see that most of u guys enjoy drivin ur cars no matter the weather :) instead of keepin them as showcars, drivin RWD cars in the snow is fun, just make sure u have snow tires on!

    WILLIAM H Three Time F1 World Champ

    Nov 1, 2003
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    Only if I could put a snow plow on the front. Wonder what that would do to my lap times at Lime Rock ?

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