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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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About the Book

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, in its day the most effective and safest system of full-time four-wheel drive and anti-skid braking for the auto industry.

Today, 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sourced from previous directors, engineers and designers, significant surviving archive material and rare and often unpublished archive photographs, Traction for Sale - the Story of Ferguson Formula Four-wheel Drive tells the whole story, putting right all the misunderstandings, from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.

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Hardback | 350pp | 276 x 203mm  | colour, fully illustrated | ISBN 9780993101861
UK £54.99 | USA $74.95 | Australia $99.95* 
Website sale price £49.98

"... 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

Ordering and Dispatch

This book is produced as a print on demand edition and thus if you order through this site, or from Amazon, there will be a turnaround time of approximately 7-10 working days, though this may be less in some circumstances.

*It is printed in three locations: Milton Keynes, UK; La Vergne, Tennessee, USA and Melbourne, Australia so overseas buyers can order knowing that the book will be priced and shipped at local or regional currency and postage rates.

(if ordered outside the UK on a special coupon offered to selected car club members or magazine readers, the actual amount of the discount may vary slightly according to local currency)

Watch the video
Ferguson Formula Four-wheel Drive Day

To launch the book, I arranged a Ferguson Formula Four-Wheel Drive Day at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire on May 12 2019, which ran alongside the second day of the Gaydon Land Rover Show
I invited everyone I have met or who I know who owns a vehicle equipped with Ferguson Formula 4WD, as well as many former employees and executives of both Harry Ferguson Research and FF Developments. 
It was, according to everyone who. attended, a huge success and it is my aim to hold a second Ferguson 4WD day in 2020 and negotiations are ongoing with a couple of likely UK venues. If you own a vehicle with Ferguson 4WD, please contact me.
To see what vehicles are eligible, please go the the Ferguson Formula Vehicles page.

View the Ferguson Four-wheel Drive Gallery
Ferguson 4WD cars featured include:
  • Harry Ferguson 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 4x4 and XJS 4x4; Yamaha OX99; Moskvitch
  • Limited production: Bedford CF 4x4; Opel Senator and Monza; Ford Custom 500; Schuler Super Ranger; Stonefield
  • Ferguson licensed production vehicles: Jensen FF; AMC Eagle; Ford Sierra XR4x4, Scorpio 4x4, Sierra RS Cosworth 4x4 & 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 4x4 and Integrale; Lamborghini Diablo VT; Volvo 850 4x4; 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 ...








Additional information

Weight 1.5 kg
Dimensions 21 × 18.9 × 2.4 cm


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