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Would u drive Ferrari in the snow??

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

  1. notoboy

    notoboy F1 Rookie

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    I would drive a Ferrari in the snow if there weren't salt on the roads.

    I have already have some rust issues and the car has never been in the snow - don't want to imagine if I add salted roads into the mix.
     
  2. Napolis

    Napolis Three Time F1 World Champ
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    About 15 years ago I made an appointment to bring my 308 in for an oil change. I woke up and it was snowing pretty hard. I drove 20 miles to Wide World of Cars which was owned by my friend Alberto Pedretti (The original mechanic Mr. Ferrari sent to the US to work with Mr. Chinetti). When I got there Alberto and I were the only ones who had made it in. We pulled my car into the empty dealership, locked up, climbed into Alberto's Alfa and headed out for breakfast.
    I think I got the ability to drive in the snow from my Dad. During WWII he was in the tenth mountain division based in Leadville Co. One time it was snowing so hard that the only gear he could get thru Loveland Pass in, in his 32 Chevy was reverse. First was gone and second didn't have enough grunt. Think about backing up the entire length of Loveland Pass next time you blast along towards Aspen in your 4 WD SUV....
     
  3. Mule

    Mule F1 Rookie
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    The only time I would not drive in snow is when we got 36 inches of snow overnight two years ago in Anchorage. Since the roof is only about 45 inches high, I guess that would be driving under snow. My truck with 8 inches of lift was pushing powder with the headlights.
     
  4. MadMaxx

    MadMaxx Karting

    Nov 5, 2003
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    Want a fun ride in the rain? Two words.. Dodge Viper.

    Nothing like 13" wide steam rollers known as tires, coupled with cold ground and 500lbs/tq to make life interesting :)

    They like to hydroplane, ask me how I know.

    MM
     
  5. MarkPDX

    MarkPDX F1 World Champ
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    Got any pictures of the wreck? :)
     
  6. MadMaxx

    MadMaxx Karting

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    No wreck, but I am permanently a few shades whiter ;)


    James
     
  7. jack

    jack Karting

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    What do you think if I use Michelin Pilot Alpin winter tires and if I weigh the trunk down with 100 kg. Do you think it can dammage the suspension if I keep this supplementary weight for long time ?

    Lionel
     
  8. Napolis

    Napolis Three Time F1 World Champ
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    No need for ballast. In my Maser I use "ice mode" works fine.
     
  9. ferrari_kid

    ferrari_kid Formula Junior

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    did anyone see that episode of Top Gear (i think it was Top Gear) where McLaren Mercedes took their F1 car, the two seater version, out in the snow? they raised it a bit and stuck some snow tires on there i guess. but they "lapped" a couple times in the snow. given it wasn't at speed or anything, but it was an F1 car driving in the snow. i'll see if i can dig up the video somewhere.
     
  10. notoboy

    notoboy F1 Rookie

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    Loveland pass in reverse!!!??? Your dad must be the man. I've done it a hundred times plus, and in the snow it's sometimes tricky even in a new AWD or 4WD car or truck that still has all the gears.
    David
     
  11. F328 BobD

    F328 BobD Formula 3

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    I was brought up in Chicago... great place but I'm glad I moved away a long time ago. Ice storms are much more fun! :)
     
  12. judge4re

    judge4re F1 World Champ

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    I've driven the 365 in the snow about 3 times. Can you say "trailing throttle oversteer" boys and girls. Its a car. Drive the damn thing.
     
  13. wazza

    wazza Formula Junior

    Oct 9, 2003
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    Crazy.

    I still think you're all crazy.

    If you want to go out in the snow get a Huskey(dog).

    Cheers

    Mine's a large whiskey on the rocks

    Wazza
     
  14. AEHaas

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    I drive in the rain, no issue but cannot remember the last time I actually saw snow.

    I drove my 'ol Honda 750 - Four in snow and on the ice. Now that was a trick. I looked like the Flinstones when stopping with both feet on the ground.

    aehaas
     
  15. Mule

    Mule F1 Rookie
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    F1 Racing magazine had the article with Mika driving the McLaren F1 two-seater in Finland as part of a publicity event. It was on one of the ice racing tracks, and he was fish tailing it around the corners. If Mika can do it, so can we. Just watch out for the other guy staring at you driving a Ferrari in the snow and not paying attention to his own driving.
     
  16. Napolis

    Napolis Three Time F1 World Champ
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    David
    The guys in the Tenth Mountain Division were and are a special bunch. Their gear was also something else. I wore my Dad's jacket for years and my son wears it now. It's still going strong. Last Xmas my son and I hiked up and skied down Highland Bowls. My Dad's 89. He doesn't do that anymore but he still skis on Ajax.
    Best
     

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