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The Jensen FF was an all wheel drive GT car produced by the British manufacturer Jensen between 1966 and 1971. Preceding, by far, the Audi Quattro it was the first non all-terrain production car equipped with all wheel drive and an antilock braking system, the Dunlop Maxaret electro-mechanical system used hitherto only on aircraft or racing cars. Four wheel drive or 4x4, is a type of four wheeled vehicle drivetrain configuration that enables all four wheels to receive power from the engine simultaneously in order to provide maximum traction. ... A grand tourer (Italian: Gran Turismo), sometimes initialised GT, is a high-performance automobile designed for long distance driving. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 1959 Jensen 541R This page is about car manufacturer, for other uses see Jensen (disambiguation) Jensen Motors was a British manufacturer of sports cars based in West Bromwich (in the West Midlands west of Birmingham). ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... This article refers to the car named the Audi Quattro. ... This page lists superlatives of the automobile industry - that is, the smallest, largest, fastest, lightest, best-selling, and other such topics. ... An anti-lock braking system (commonly known as ABS, from the German name Antiblockiersystem given to it by its inventors at Bosch) is a system on motor vehicles which prevents the wheels from locking while braking. ...


The letters FF stand for Ferguson Formula, Ferguson being the inventor of a full-time all wheel drive system, the first on a production sports car. Ferguson Research Ltd. ... Four wheel drive or 4x4, is a type of four wheeled vehicle drivetrain configuration that enables all four wheels to receive power from the engine simultaneously in order to provide maximum traction. ...


Although it was a highly influential vehicle in a technical sense, the FF was not all that commercially successful. Its price was high—about 30% higher than the Jensen Interceptor, its similar-looking rear wheel drive stablemate, and more than that of luxury GTs from much more prestigious makes. Adding to that, its technologically advanced design had not been refined as much as it might have, especially in early production; the FF soon developed a reputation as troublesome. This was not helped by unfamiliarity with the nature of an ABS system; the characteristic 'juddering' of the brakes under heavy braking as the system keeps them from locking up was an unfamiliar one in 1966, and many owners considered it disconcerting if not worse. Jensen Interceptor The Jensen Interceptor was a sporting GT-class car built in the United Kingdom by Jensen between 1966 and 1976. ...


Unfortunately, the other FF problem was one of design, and not one easily cured. The system was set up for a driver in the right hand seat, and no considerations had been made to making it convertible to left-hand drive. In particular, the central transfer case and both propeller shafts protruded into the left-hand seat space. The steering gear and brake servo were fitted on the right-hand side and there was no space for them on the left. By the early 1970s, Jensen's primary markets were overseas (particularly the United States), and the FF could not be sold there. TRANSFER CASE Shortened form of Transfer Gearcase. Also referred to as Transfer Gearbox or just Transfer Box A Transfer Case is a part of four wheel drive drive system found in 4x4s and all wheel drive vehicles. ... A propeller shaft connects a propeller to an engine. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ...


One experimental Ferguson FF was built in 1968 with a 426ci Hemi engine imported from Chrysler in the US. It is unknown whether it was destroyed or continues on to this day in a private collection. Further Hemi engine equipped FF's were not built due to the limits of the suspension at extremely high speeds and the cost of importing the 426ci Hemi engine into britain was deemed too great.


A "SP FF" version is rumored to have been made at some point in the production run. This version was equipped with a 440 cubic inch engine with a "Six Pack" (3 2-barrel carburetors) induction system and all wheel drive. Less than ten are assumed to have been built.


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Jensen FF - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (457 words)
The Jensen FF was an all wheel drive GT car produced by the British manufacturer Jensen between 1966 and 1971.
By the early 1970s, Jensen's primary markets were overseas (particularly the United States), and the FF could not be sold there.
Further Hemi engine equipped FF's were not built due to the limits of the suspension at extremely high speeds and the cost of importing the 426ci Hemi engine into britain was deemed too great.
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