For my money, the best thing at Geneva was on Ferrari’s stand. Not the intriguing FF, but the FF’s amazing four wheel drive system.

Designing an all-wheel drive system for a car with a transaxle gearbox is a very complex, probably thankless, task.

In fact, the only other car with such a layout is the Nissan GT-R, and Nissan’s solution is mighty complicated.  Because the propshaft of a transaxle car is driven directly by the engine, it spins at very high speed. You can’t drive the front wheels of a car from a propshaft turning at 4000rpm. You need a gearbox to slow the rotation so you can use the twist action to turn the wheels.

So the GT-R gets a set-up that uses a second propshaft, driven by the rear-mounted gearbox and running to the front of the car to drive the front wheels. If you ever see the running gear of a GT-R you can’t help but admire the effort that went into engineering, but you also boggle at the complexity and the madness of a car with two propshafts, running in opposite directions.