Traction for Sale


Ferguson Formula four-wheel drive is a subject that is well known, yet very few people know the truth about it. This full-colour, luxuriously produced book tells the whole story, with testimony from the people who designed the cars and many previously unseen archive photographs

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Hardback | 350pp | 276 x 203mm  | colour, fully illustrated | ISBN 9780993101861
UK £54.99 | USA $74.95 | Australia $99.95* 

“... Worth the wait. … the quantity of previously unknown information is astonishing. … (reveals) an undeservedly overlooked aspect of motoring history in the second half of the 20th century. A revelation.” Sébastien Faures, The Automobile Magazine

“… stuffed with images that complement a thorough but always readable text … one surprise after another. An outstanding work” Matt Dixon, deputy editor, Octane magazine

“… this informative book outlines the firm’s sea of clever engineering. There’s much racing too.’
Gordon Cruickshank, Motor Sport magazine

“… well laid out, easy to read and superbly illustrated … an important slice of engineering history has been preserved for future generations” Mike Jiggle, Auto Tradition magazine

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Four-wheel drive and ABS are commonplace today, but this wasn’t always so. The change began in 1950, when Harry Ferguson bankrolled racing drivers Fred Dixon and Tony Rolt to design a super-safe family car that would reduce the unacceptably high number of road deaths. Their efforts, frustrating and arduous at times would produce the Ferguson Formula, the most effective and safest system of full-time four-wheel drive and anti-skid braking for the auto industry in its day. The Ferguson Formula name is known worldwide, but it is a story that few people have known about in any detail. Using material sourced from previous directors, engineers and designers, significant surviving archive material and rare and often unpublished archive photographs, Traction for Sale – the Story of Ferguson Formula Four-wheel Drive tells the whole story, putting right all the misunderstandings, from its inception in 1939, through the formation of Harry Ferguson Research and its successor company, FF Developments, up to 1994 and the takeover of FFD by Ricardo Plc.

Cars featured include:

  • Research cars: The Crab; R2; R3E, R3G and R3F; R4; R5
  • Prototypes and private conversions: Ford Mustang; Ford Zephyr MkIV police car; Ford Zodiac MkIV estate; Triumph Stag and 2.5PI
  • Race cars: Ferguson-Climax F1; BRM P67; Lotus 65B and 63; Felday 4 and Felday 5; TechCraft-BRM; Hepworth-Ferguson-Chevrolet “Sandblaster”
  • Rally cars: Ford RS200; MG Metro 6R4; Peugeot 205 T16; Lancia Delta S4; Lancia Delta Integrale; Ford Escort Cosworth Turbo; Mazda 323
  • Indy cars: Novi-Ferguson; STP Paxton Turbocar; Lotus 56 and 64
  • Abandoned prototypes: Plymouth Fury and Ford Fairlane police cars; Ford Capri; Fiat 128; Reliant Scimitar GTE; Opel Manta rally; Jaguar XJ220 4×4 and XJS 4×4; Yamaha OX99; Moskvitch
  • Limited production: Bedford CF 4×4; Opel Senator and Monza; Ford Custom 500; Schuler Super Ranger; Stonefield
  • Ferguson licensed production vehicles: Jensen FF; AMC Eagle; Ford Sierra XR4x4, Scorpio 4×4, Sierra RS Cosworth 4×4 & Escort Cosworth RS Turbo; Escort VW Golf and Transporter Syncro; BMW 325iX; Renault 21 Quadra and Espace Quadra; Land Rover Freelander; GMC Safari and Chevrolet Astro; Lancia Delta HF 4×4 and Integrale; Lamborghini Diablo VT; Volvo 850 4×4; Alfa Romeo 33 Sportwagon; Alfa Romeo 164 Q4; Nissan Pulsar GTI rally; Subaru Legacy
  • FFD Transmission contracts: Jaguar XJ220; McLaren F1; Jaguar XJR15; VW Golf Rallye; Jeep JJ
  • And more …

View the Ferguson Four-wheel Drive Gallery

*The book is printed in several locations globally: the cover price is set according to the printing source and and shipping is charged at local rates

**if ordered outside the UK the discount may vary slightly according to cover price and local currency






Additional information

Weight 1.5 kg
Dimensions 21 × 18.9 × 2.4 cm


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