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From Stefan in Germany
 
"Ciao Enrico,

Re: Ghibli Open Cup #361549

The car's first race will be at the Preis der Stuttgart, Hockenheimring - 17th to 19th April, and one week later at the Bosch Hockenheim Historic - www.hockenheim-historic.de.

Regards,

Stefan."
 

Maserati Ghibli Open Cup Evoluzione

Maserati Ghibli Open Cup Evoluzione
 

Maserati Ghibli Open Cup Evoluzione

Maserati Ghibli Open Cup Evoluzione
 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
MASERATI STARTS TESTING THE PROTOTYPE OF THE NEW MC20
 

Modena, 5 March 2020. Following the "mule" tests, the first full prototype of the new Maserati MC20 super sports car has emerged from the Maserati Innovation Lab in Modena.

 

Maserati MC20 prototype @ Milano

Maserati MC20 prototype @ Milano
 

Maserati has 100% Italian DNA and is in continuous movement: the Brand has identified and selected a series of iconic locations in Italy that effectively convey the “Masters of Italian Audacity” global statement, of which the new MC20 is the first and ultimate expression.

The prototype has been photographed at night in Piazza degli Affari in Milan, below Maurizio Cattelan's sculpture L.O.V.E., a symbol of Italian audacity in international contemporary art.

 

Maserati MC20 prototype @ Milano

Maserati MC20 prototype @ Milano
 

Now, this marks the start of a period of road and track tests, in various conditions of use, to acquire vital data for the preparation of the car's final setup.

During the next few days the prototype will visit other locations symbolic of Italian audacity, before returning to Modena.

Maserati: Masters of Italian Audacity.

 

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
MASERATI MC20:
THE NAME OF THE NEW SUPER SPORTS CAR OF THE TRIDENT BRAND IS ANNOUNCED
 
• MC20 means Maserati Corse 2020 and celebrates that the Brand will return to racing.

• The super sports car is the first model of the new Maserati Era and it will debut by the end of May in Modena.

• The MC20, developed at the Maserati Innovation Lab, will be built at the Viale Ciro Menotti Plant in Modena.
 

The MC20: Maserati's next Supercar
 

Modena, 20 February 2020 – The eagerly-anticipated Maserati super sports car will be named MC20. The car was developed at the Maserati Innovation Lab, will be built at the historical plant in Viale Ciro Menotti and will have its worldwide debut at the end of May in Modena.

MC20 underlines the sporting credentials of the new model: MC is the acronym of Maserati Corse and 20 refers to 2020, the year which marks the start of a new phase in Maserati’s history.

The first racing car to wear the Trident logo was the Tipo 26, where the number indicated the year of manufacture, and in the same way, the MC20 will be the first car born in the new Era of the Modena firm.

The super sports car is the natural evolution of the highly successful MC12, the car that in 2004 marked Maserati’s return to racing after 37 years. The MC12 won 22 races (including 3 victories in the 24 Hours of Spa) and 14 Championship titles across Constructors’ Championship, Drivers’ Championship and Teams’ Championships in the FIA GT from 2004 to 2010.

Maserati will return to the world of racing with the new MC20.

The model will be built at the Modena Plant where modernization works are already in progress on the production line, which will also accommodate its advanced electric powertrain. At the same time, to further complete the production areas at the Viale Ciro Menotti Plant, work has already started on a paint shop, a completely new feature for the facility, which will be equipped with advanced innovative low environmental-impact technologies.

 

Text and photo courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
MASERATI MC20:
THE NAME OF THE NEW MASERATI SUPER SPORTS CAR CLIMBS ABOARD THE MASERATI MULTI 70
 
• The logo of the new model appears on the mainsail of the Maserati Multi 70 trimaran: today the world discovers the name of the new Maserati super sports car in an unconventional way.

• Maserati MC20 and Maserati Multi 70 are linked by the same know-how in aerodynamics, technological innovation and performance, developed at the Innovation Lab in Modena.

• MC20 will be presented in Modena in May.
 

Modena, 21 February 2020 – Maserati has chosen the Maserati Multi 70 trimaran and Giovanni Soldini’s Team to tell the world the name of its new super sports car, developed, engineered and 100% built in Italy.

 

Maserati Multi 70 with the new MC20 mainsail

Maserati Multi 70 with the new MC20 mainsail
 

Today, the trimaran set sail in the Caribbean Sea for routine training in the run-up to the RORC Caribbean 600 Race. Unexpectedly, when the sails were hoisted, the new "MC20" logo appeared on the mainsail.

The Modena-based manufacturer has unveiled the car’s name in an unconventional way: the new mainsail graphics with the logo of the super sports car, created by the Centro Stile Maserati, is a tribute to the Brand's new Era, for which Giovanni Soldini, a long-term friend of the brand, is a leading spokesperson. In this way, Giovanni Soldini and his crew pay a special tribute to the Trident Brand: underlining the connection between the high-performance trimaran and the new Maserati super sports car. The Maserati Multi 70 trimaran is the "laboratory boat" to which the Modena Innovation Lab engineers have transferred their aerodynamics, technological innovation and performance know-how. And these same values guided the team of engineers and technicians when developing the MC20.

MC20, where MC is the acronym of Maserati Corse and 20 refers to 2020, will be the first model of the new Era of the Brand. The car was developed at the Maserati Innovation Lab, will be built at the historical plant in Viale Ciro Menotti and will have its worldwide debut at the end of May in Modena. Since 2012, Maserati and Giovanni Soldini have been united by the same values of passion, adrenalin and the pursuit of the highest performance, and have been working together in a strategic partnership far beyond any ordinary sponsorships.

What's more, Maserati Multi 70 and the new car also share a vocation for sporting prowess and for racing: with this technology-packed model, Maserati intends to make a racing comeback.

Giovanni Soldini comments: “I am proud to represent the Trident Brand worldwide and am honoured that the trimaran Maserati Multi 70 has been chosen for the launch of the new MC20 logo. I can't wait to test drive the car and to attend the big May event in Modena.”

Maserati Multi 70's first challenge with her new “MC20” graphics will be the RORC Caribbean 600 Race, which starts on 24 February and involves more than 700 yachtsmen from all over the world, on a 600-mile course around eleven islands in the Lesser Antilles (Caribbean Sea). The car's debut is eagerly anticipated for May, when the Brand will star in a great celebratory event in Modena and claim a place at the centre of the world stage for the future of mobility.

 

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 
 
From Redline Automotive Restorations in the USA
 

I would like to thank Mr. Alex Angus of Redline Automotive Restorations for granting me permission to publish these beautiful photos of Maserati 300S Chassis #3070.

I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do.

Enrico."

 

The beautiful Fantuzzi-bodied Maserati 300S Chassis No 3070

 
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The Interior

 
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The Engine

 
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Description

Some say it's the most beautiful car ever built, others know it as Ferrari's main competition in the World Sportscar Championship stage during the mid-50s. It is the insatiable Maserati 300S. The 300S was a racing car produced by the Italian auto manufacturer from the year 1955 to 1958. During its production run, only twenty-six examples were produced. Driven by famous racecar drivers like Sir Stirling Moss and Carol Shelby the Maserati 300S was one of the most successful race cars from that era. This particular 1957 Maserati 300S bearing chassis #3070 was thought to have been built as a factory team race car and is one of only two Maserati 300S models to receive the 450S brake conversion upgrade directly from the manufacturer. Chassis #3070 is also the second car after chassis #3068 to be given the "long nose" body style new from the factory.

The Maserati 300S was created as the direct successor of the Maserati 250S, which was directly based on the World Championship winning 250F Grand Prix racecar driven by Juan Manuel Fangio. The 300S shared the straight six-cylinder, double overhead camshaft, dual plug per cylinder engine with the Grand Prix car, but the displacement was increased to 3 liters for the 300S. Claimed power output was said to be around 250 horsepower. Upfront you'll find Coil springs and a wishbone suspension along with a very sophisticated for its time - De Dion tube and transverse leaf spring setup in the rear.

The finished factory build of Maserati 300S, chassis serial # 3070 is recorded as being completed in Modena, Italy on February 23, 1957. The exterior color is listed as finished in Maserati Corsa red. Factory records from the manufacturer list Italian Primo Pezzoli of Scuderia Guastalla as the original ordering customer for chassis #3070 in 1957. Scuderia Guastalla was a highly successful and very competitive Formula One World Championship race team in Europe and South America. Maserati factory records indicate that Scuderia Guastalla requested the brakes on chassis #3070 to be updated with the new brakes from the Maserati 450S in May of 1958. It is believed that Maserati made this upgrade along with the increased engine displacement with the idea of competing in long endurance races such as the 24 hours of Le Mans in mind.

In 1997, chassis #3070 was purchased by D. Wolf Zweifler from the Estate of Conte Zanon in Italy. Sadly according to Dr. Wolf, the Count passed away before the Maserati's restoration was completed. Subsequently, Dr. Wolf took possession and sent the car to England to be restored. Finished in 2001, Maserati 300S Chassis #3070 competed in the following events:

2001 Brands Hatch Ferrari Historic Challenge

2002 Mille Miglia

2002 Oldtimer Grand Prix Nürburgring

2003 Coppa d'Espagnia

2002 Le Mans Classic

2003 Modena Cento Ore

2004 Modena Cento Ore

2005 Modena Cento Ore

Sometime in 2005, the car was involved in an accident and came into our possession. While at Redline, Maserati 300S Chassis #3070 received a complete frame off period-correct restoration and is currently available for purchase.

All enquiries to Redline Automotive Restorations.

 
 
 
 
 
From Dave in Australia
 

"Hi folks,

About 10 years ago I was at the office of Maserati in Modena and during discussions with the (then) historian Ermanno Cozza, he showed me an astonishing "timeline spreadsheet" which listed a well documented history of all of the famous Maserati 250f F1 cars. This had been very painstakingly put together ( in Excel format) by a man in British Columbia, Barrie Hobkirk.

During emails with Barrie following my Modena visit, he very kindly offered to send me a copy of this project.

Barrie's chart is made up from approx. 50 separate Excel spreadsheets that ....eventually ...all join neatly together into one gigantic chart.

My friend Kerry Smith assisted me greatly and together we got the gigantic chart "test assembled" ...on my lounge room floor !

Together with Jim Barclay in New Zealand, Barrie provided a massive amount of carefully researched facts about these cars to the late David McKinney - a Kiwi who lived then in the UK. David then put together a stunning book about 250fs...and it has been judged as "being by far the most factually accurate book about the marque".

I am telling you this story now, because recently I sadly learned that Barrie Hobkirk has a very serious illness... and maybe has only months left on this planet.

A wonderful passionate enthusiast is Barrie...and his good work will live on.

Regards,

Dave Williamson."

NOTE: There are 2 x photos attached.

The first shows the complete chart.

 

Note: The shoe planted in the middle is just to give a "size reference".
 

The second 2nd shows just a very small sample of the type of information Barrie collected for the project.

 

A very small sample of the type of information Barrie collected for the project.
 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
MASERATI ANNOUNCES ITS PLANS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION OF THE NEW ELECTRIFIED RANGE
 

Modena, 14 February 2020 – All new Maserati models will be 100% developed, engineered and built in Italy, and will adopt hybrid and battery electric propulsion systems delivering all the innovation and outstanding performance typical of the Brand's DNA.

 

Maserati announces its plans for the development and production
 

Following on from the announcement of testing of the new full electric powerplants to be installed on future Maserati models, the development and production plans for the Trident Brand's electrified range are now presented.

Maserati’s electrification programme starts this year, and the first hybrid car to be built will be the new Maserati Ghibli.

Production of the new Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabrio, the Brand's first cars to adopt 100% electric solutions, will commence in 2021. Maserati has decided to build the GranTurismo and GranCabrio at the Mirafiori production hub, with an investment of 800 million Euros. The latest generation of the GranTurismo and GranCabrio, two iconic cars for the Trident Brand, have totalled more than 40,000 units sold from 2007 to 2019.

During 2020, Mirafiori will be strengthening its position as a world hub dedicated to the electrification and mobility of the future, with a large proportion of its capacity allocated to the production of the Brand's new electrified cars.

However, Maserati's heart is still in Modena, where it has its Headquarters, where the cars in its range are developed and tested, and where the new super sports car is to be built. For Maserati, Modena is the place where extraordinary cars have been produced for over 80 years, all outstanding in their luxury, elegance, style, performance and quality, and which are sold in over 70 markets.

In 2020, the first of the new Modena-built Maserati models will be the super sports car, brimming with technology and evoking the Brand's traditional values. Major modernisation work is in progress on the production line at the Modena plant, partly to accommodate the electric version of the new super sports car. At the same time, work has already started on a paint shop, a completely new addition to the facility.

Modena is also the home of the Innovation Lab, the heart of the Brand's technological research, development and design. It is at this facility of excellence that all the Maserati models of today and tomorrow are designed. Here, digital processes support the product's development, applying the exclusive Maserati formula which adopts an integrated approach to prioritise the human factor right from the initial phases: customer-focus is incorporated in the world of virtual simulation with an exclusive hardware-software mix. The digital processes supporting product development take place in three major areas: the Static Simulator, the new latest generation Dynamic Simulator featuring DiM (Driver-in-Motion) technology and the “User eXperience” development labs.

Also upcoming is a new Maserati utility vehicle, to be built at Cassino and intended to play a leading role for the Brand, thanks to its innovative technologies. About 800 million Euros will be invested in construction of the new production line, scheduled to begin at the end of the first quarter of 2020. The first pre-production cars are expected to come off the line by 2021.

As one of the Brand's recent claims puts it, “the music is changing”, and this will be even more apparent in May this year, when past and future will meet to place Maserati firmly on the world stage for the future of mobility.

 

Text and photo courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
THE MUSIC IS CHANGING:
MASERATI STARTS TESTING ITS FIRST 100% ELECTRIC POWERTRAIN
 

Modena, 23 January 2020 – Implementing its plans for the electrification of its range, as previously announced, Maserati has started the testing phase of its new full electric propulsion systems that will equip the future models of the Brand.

Some experimental vehicles have now been built equipped with the new innovative powertrain, 100% electric with 100% Maserati technology, developed at the new Innovation Lab in Modena. During this experimental phase, the sound that will characterise the electric engine will also be developed. The next full electric models will have a distinctive signature sound, already a unique attribute of all Maserati cars equipped with traditional combustion engines. Customers will therefore benefit from 100% electric propulsion vehicles that will combine driving pleasure, comfort and performance with a unique and unmistakable sound.

Thanks to the tests conducted in various conditions of use on both road and track, important data will be acquired for the development and definition of the new electric powertrains, which will be used for future models in the Maserati range. The new Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabrio will be the Brand's first cars to adopt 100% electric solutions and will be built at the Turin production hub.

 

Text and photo courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
MASERATI PRESENTS THE ROYALE SPECIAL SERIES:
A CONTEMPORARY HOMAGE TO THE HERITAGE OF THE TRIDENT MARQUE
 
•Only 100 units of this series will be manufactured, available across the full V6 range for Quattroporte, Levante and Ghibli.

•Available in two unique colours, Blu Royale and Verde Royale, with exclusive interior features.
 

Modena, 13 January 2020 - Beauty can be reflected in a jewel, a painting or a landscape. Elegance, on the other hand, is not only confined to a glance. Elegance can be found in a movement, in an expression or in conversation. Simply put, elegance is beauty in motion, and no car moves with more elegance than a Maserati, the ultimate expression of dynamic beauty.

 

Maserati Quattroporte Royale Special Series Range
 

Throughout its history Maserati has created unique models and exclusive series. Amongst them, the 1986 Royale version of the 3rd generation Quattroporte stands out, a restyling featuring exclusive blue and green colours, improved interiors, with soft leather seats and extensive use of wood in the dashboard and door panels. The Quattroporte Royale was equipped with a powerful 4.9l V8 engine delivering 300 HP and only 51 units were produced./TD>

 

Maserati Quattroporte Royale Special Series Range
 

Today Maserati pays tribute to its heritage with the launch of a special series bearing the same name, available across all models with V6 engines featured in the current Maserati range: just 100 Maserati Quattroporte, Levante and Ghibli Royale will be produced with engines ranging from the 275HP 3.0l V6 Diesel, to the 350HP and 430 HP 3.0l V6 petrol.

 

Maserati Quattroporte Royale - Blu Royale

Maserati Quattroporte - Verde Royale
 

The new Royale special series is available in two unique blue and green colours: Blu Royale and Verde Royale. To complete the elegant exterior look, the Levante Royale features 21” Anteo Staggered Anthracite rims and Titanium Anthracite rims on Ghibli and Quattroporte, all bespoke for the series, and all with silver brake calipers.

 

Maserati Quattroporte Royale
- Two tone Pieno Fiore leather interior

Maserati Quattroporte Royale
ZEGNA Pelletessuta interior
 

The Royale interiors, based on the GranLusso trim, are available in Zegna PELLETESSUTA™ Cuoio or two-tone Pieno Fiore leather in Black/Cuoio. The Zegna PELLETESSUTA™ is a woven leather textile made exclusively for Maserati vehicle interiors. Born of old-world Italian traditions and today’s innovative technology, it was ingeniously fashioned using thin strips of Nappa leather to create an ultra-luxurious “fabric” that is lightweight, soft and durable. High Gloss inserts (Metal Net for the Levante, Ebony for the Ghibli and Black Piano for the Quattroporte) and a distinctive “One of 100” plate complete the interior look, which also features the Bowers&Wilkins Sound System, electric sunroof and privacy glass.

 

Maserati Quattroporte Royale

Maserati Quattroporte Royale
 

The Royale Special Series comes with extensive equipment, thanks to the Cold Weather, Premium and Driving Assistance Plus Packages fitted as standard. Whether driving down city streets or taking part in an exclusive grand tour, high-powered luxury will be met with greater-than-ever safety on the road. The Maserati Levante, Quattroporte, and Ghibli Royale feature comprehensive Advanced Driving Assistance Systems to actively respond to the road’s greatest potential hazards and enhance comfort and safety for driver and passengers.

Like the rest of the range, the Royale Special Series features the Maserati Touch Control Plus (MTC+) unit, an 8.4” touchscreen interface that takes pride of place at the centre of the dashboard and is extremely straightforward to use. The MTC+ controls all the key vehicle functions, including the front seat heating, as well as the ventilation, steering wheel heating and the operation of the rear sunblind, where fitted. The screen also displays the rear view depicted by the reversing camera, with guidelines for ease of use.

 

Maserati Quattroporte Royale
- Special Series Plaque

Maserati Quattroporte Royale
- Royal Mansour Marrakesh Hotel
 

The state-of-the-art system features both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® mirroring functions. In addition, for iPhone® users, Apple’s Siri® system acts as a personal assistant, allowing them to carry out tasks using voice command. Through naturally spoken language, it is possible to make a call or access music, messages, reminders, emails, websites and much more.

Although the first deliveries are scheduled for March 2020, orders for this series limited to only 100 units can already be placed. OTR Prices for the Royale Special Series start at £78,900 for the Ghibli, £85,300 for the Levante and £103,150 for the Quattroporte.

 

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
MASERATI MULTI 70 AND GIOVANNI SOLDINI
WILL SET SAIL AT 14.30 LOCAL TIME FOR THE 16TH EDITION OF THE CAPE2RIO
 
• Soldini and his Team’s direct competitor is the trimaran LoveWater.
 

Modena, January 10th, 2020 – Tomorrow January 11th 2020, at 14.30 local time (12.30 UTC), in Table Bay – the bay before Cape Town – Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini will cross the starting line of the 16th edition of the Cape2Rio.

 

Maserati Multi 70 in Cape Town
 

After the record set by Giovanni Soldini in 2014 aboard the monohull VOR70 Maserati (10 days, 11 hours, 29 minutes and 57 seconds), the Italian Team is back to sail the 3600 miles from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro aboard the trimaran Maserati Multi 70. Their direct competitor is the maxi 80-feet trimaran LoveWater, skippered by Craig Sutherland.

There are three different starts for the 25 boats entering the race: thirteen smaller boats started on January 4th, the bigger monohulls will start tomorrow at 14.00 local time and the two faster multihulls at 14.30 local time.The competing boats will head North West towards the island of De Trindade, from where they will then set course towards Rio de Janeiro.

The only other Italian entrant is Federico Borromeo’s Southern Wind 102 Almagores II, skippered by Andrea Henriquet.

Soldini explains: “LoveWater is a super trimaran of the ULTIM class, the giants of the sea: it’s 10 feet longer than Maserati Multi 70, so it’s potentially faster. Our strong point are the foils, that allow us to fly over the water, waves and wind conditions permitting. It will be quite a battle, we will do our best!”

 

Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Multi 70 in Cape Town

Giovanni Soldini in Cape Town
 

Aboard LoveWater sails an experienced crew, including the English Brian Thompson, great sailor and expert of ocean multihulls. Among his significant results, worthy of note are the victories in the 2006 Volvo Ocean Race aboard Mike Sanderson’s ABN AMRO ONE and in the 2012 Jules Verne Trophy aboard Loick Peyron’s Banque Populaire V. Thompson is also former skipper of MOD70 Phaedo3 and crewman of the trimaran Argo, both of which have been challenged many times by Maserati Multi 70.

Born in 1971, organized by the Royal Cape Yacht Club and held every two or three years, the Cape2Rio is the Southern Hemisphere’s longest intercontinental yacht race and has always been a legendary event for every experienced sailor. The race historically attracted many Italian participants: the only other Italian winners besides Maserati are Giorgio Falck’s Guia III and Carlo di Mottola Balestra’s Chica Tica, respectively winners of handicap honours and handicap Trophy in the 1976 edition. The same year also the great sailor Ida Castiglioni participated aboard Kiaola II with an all-female crew. The original course starts in Cape Town and arrives in Rio de Janeiro, but for some editions the finish line has been moved to other destinations: in the years of protests against the Apartheid the race finished in Punta del Este, Uruguay, and, in 2006 and 2009, in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.

Maserati Multi 70’s crew is made up of eight sailors:

• Giovanni Soldini (IT), skipper – he has 25 years of ocean racing experience, including two single-handed round the worlds, six Québec-Saint Malos, six Ostars, three Transat Jacques Vabres and more than 40 ocean crossings. Aboard VOR70 Maserati he achieved many victories and major records, including the Cadiz-San Salvador (2012) and the New York San Francisco Gold Route (2016). In 2016 he started the new challenge at the helm of Maserati Multi 70, aboard which he set the record for the Tea Route, from Hong Kong to London (2018), as well as winning many ocean races. In 2019 he crossed in first place the finish line of the RORC Caribbean 600 setting the new race record.

• Guido Broggi (IT), mainsail trimmer – he is Maserati Multi 70’s boat captain, has thousands of miles of ocean sailing under his belt and has been working alongside Soldini for many years, since he was team leader in the building and in the racing preparation of 60’ Fila in 1998. He is a permanent member of the crew and he participated in all the races aboard the trimaran, including the Tea Route record.

• John Elkann (IT), helmsman and trimmer – Chairman of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. He is a sailing enthusiast and has sailed extensively with Giovanni Soldini since 2009. He participated in many races and record attempts aboard VOR70 Maserati and, aboard Maserati Multi 70, he participated in the Transpac in 2017.

• Carlos Hernandez Robayna (ESP), trimmer – he has many years of sailing experience, has raced in various classes and has sailed alongside Soldini in several regattas and ocean crossings, including the Cape2Rio 2014, setting the record aboard VOR70 Maserati. In 2019, aboard Maserati Multi 70, he participated in the RORC Caribbean 600 and in the Transpac.

• Oliver Herrera Perez (ESP), bowman – throughout his career he raced aboard Ims 500s, Swan 45s and Rc44s. He was part of Soldini’s crew for all the deliveries and races in the past few years, including the Tea Route record.

• Nico Malingri (IT), grinder and trimmer – he has conquered two double-handed records with his father Vittorio Malingri aboard a 20-foot-long catamaran: the Marseilles-Carthage in 2016 and the Dakar-Guadeloupe in 2017. He first raced aboard Maserati Multi 70 in 2018 for the Rolex Middle Sea Race.

• Matteo Soldini (IT), grinder and trimmer – Giovanni’s nephew, he has many transoceanics under his belt and has participated in many races, including Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, Swan Cup and Mini Fastnet. He has been part of Maserati Multi 70’s Team for all the deliveries and the boatyards and, since 2018, he is permanent member of the crew for the races aboard the trimaran.

• Pierre-Laurent Boullais (FRA) – he is a sailing enthusiast. He already participated in ocean races with the Italian Team, among which the 2013 Transpac aboard VOR70 Maserati.

Maserati Multi 70’s crew arrived in Cape Town in mid-November, after a quick delivery from Singapore, and started working in the boatyard right away. Giovanni Soldini explains: “After many miles of sailing we had to do ordinary maintenance work aboard, but most important of all we’re very happy that we were able to implement some of the improvements to the aerodynamics, studied with the Maserati Innovation Lab’s engineers. It’s a long process that will last for some time and we can’t wait to test the latest developments in a regatta!”

The Cape2Rio is the first regatta in Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Multi 70’s 2020 racing season. After arriving in Rio de Janeiro, the Italian Team will sail first to St. Maarten for the Caribbean Multihull Challenge (14th-16th February), then to Antigua for the RORC Caribbean 600 (24th February). Next Giovanni Soldini and his crew will try to beat two important records: the Atlantic Record, from Bermuda to Plymouth, and the Channel Record, from Cowes to Dinard. Finally, Maserati Multi 70 will participate in the first edition of the Super 8 Race, which starts and finishes in Genova, and the Rolex Middle Sea Race, in October 2020.

 

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 
 
From Stefan in Germany
 
"Ciao Enrico,

I am the new proud owner of Ghibli Open Cup #361549. The car will be used by the Youngtimers and OGP in 2020. Photos attached.

The Car is now being modifed at the garage of Roman Schiemenz to meet with FIA regulations. I will drive it for the first time at Hockenheim on the 17th April 2020.

You made a great job with your web-page.

Grazie e forza Maserati,

Stefan."
 

#361549 at the Roman Schiemenz workshop
 

Maserati Ghibli Open Cup Evoluzione

Maserati Ghibli Open Cup Evoluzione
 

Maserati Ghibli Open Cup Evoluzione

Maserati Ghibli Open Cup Evoluzione
 
 
 
 
 
From Enrico in the UK
 
Maseratisti,

This beautiful Maserati MilleMiglia Concept 2020 comes from Italian artist and designer Luca Serafini.

You can see more of Luca Serafini's work at https://serafinistile.com/work.
 

Maserati MilleMiglia Concept 2020

Maserati MilleMiglia Concept 2020
 

Maserati MilleMiglia Concept 2020

Maserati MilleMiglia Concept 2020
 

Maserati MilleMiglia Concept 2020

Maserati MilleMiglia Concept 2020
 

Maserati MilleMiglia Concept 2020

Maserati MilleMiglia Concept 2020
 

Maserati MilleMiglia Concept 2020

Maserati MilleMiglia Concept 2020
 

Maserati MilleMiglia Concept 2020

Maserati MilleMiglia Concept 2020
 

Maserati MilleMiglia Concept 2020

Maserati MilleMiglia Concept 2020
 

Maserati MilleMiglia Concept 2020

Maserati MilleMiglia Concept 2020
 

Photos courtesy of Luca Serafini.

My grateful thanks to Sig. Serafini for granting me permission to publish these photos for us to enjoy

What a fabulous car !!!

 
 
 
 
From Enrico in the UK
 
Here's wishing you All a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year !!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
FORTY YEARS AGO, THE MASERATI QUATTROPORTE WAS PRESENTED TO ITALIAN PRESIDENT SANDRO PERTINI
 

Modena, 16 December 2019 – Maserati has always been known for cars of exceptional luxury, elegance and performance, demonstrated by the choice of Quattroporte models as the official cars of the Italian President.

On 14 December 1979 the Maserati Quattroporte 3rd generation, in both automatic and manual gear-shift, was presented to Italian President Sandro Pertini. The ceremony, held at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, was attended by the Minister of Industry and Trade, the Rt Hon Antonio Bisaglia, and the CEO of Maserati, Alejandro de Tomaso.

 

Maserati Quattroporte 3rd generation
- Luciano Pavarotti - 1985.
 

The Maserati Quattroporte 3rd generation (1979), designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, was the first completely new car to be designed during the de Tomaso management period (1976-1993), and featured lines inspired by the first, 1963, version of the Quattroporte, although with a less sporty and more formal personality.

The Quattroporte 3rd generation was characterised by a luxurious and refined interior. It was fitted with the V8 engine, in variants of 4.2 L with 255 hp and 4.9 L with 280 hp. The top speed was 220 km/h. The car remained on the market from 1979 until 1990, with a total of 2,145 units sold.

 

Maserati Quattroporte 3rd generation
- 1986.

Maserati Quattroporte 3rd generation
- 1986.
 

In 1986 the "Royale" version was launched: it was a restyling with interior upgrades including soft leather seats and lavish use of burr walnut on the dashboard and door panels. Other distinctive features were the radio telephone in the compartment between the front seats and the small stow-away folding table in the rear doors. The Quattroporte Royale was equipped with a powerful 4.9 L V8 engine with 300 hp and just 51 were built withthis trim.

In 1982, the Italian President's General Secretariat placed an order with Maserati for the construction of an armoured Quattroporte for the President's use. In 1983 the Modena firm supplied a Quattroporte, in “Dark Aquamarine” colour with beige velvet interior, to President Sandro Pertini, and it became his car of choice for institutional engagements.

 

Maserati Quattroporte 3rd generation
- 1986.

Maserati Quattroporte 3rd generation
- 1986.
 

One of the car's original features was a large ashtray with pipe holder between the rear seats: this was requested by the President himself, and Maserati modified the rear bench to create it. The car also featured a bar cabinet, a telephone system, and an intercom for communication with people outside the car. The car's cabin was completely armoured and bullet-proof, with high-strength manganese steel plating. The windows were also armoured, 31 mm thick and made of polycarbonate with 4 electrically controlled windows.

The roof could be opened electrically above the rear seats to allow the President to stand up and greet crowds while on the move; a special handle was installed on the back of the right front seat to make this upright position safer and more comfortable.

 

Maserati Quattroporte 3rd generation

- 1986.

Maserati Quattroporte 3rd generation

- 1986.
 

The Head of State used the Quattroporte 3rd generation on all public occasions, including his historic visit to the Ferrari factory in Maranello on 29 May 1983. On that occasion, ceremonial etiquette demanded that once the car had entered the plant, the host, Enzo Ferrari should approach the presidential vehicle. However, Ferrari remained motionless about ten metres from the car. The elderly President Pertini got out of the Quattroporte and walked over to the Ferrari boss.

Enzo Ferrari did not move because of the long-standing local rivalry between the Prancing Horse and Trident brands.

In the 1980s, other famous personalities also chose the Quattroporte 3rd generation as their means of transport. Perhaps the best known was Modenese tenor Luciano Pavarotti; there are famous photographs of him in his Quattroporte outside La Scala in Milan.

 

Maserati Quattroporte 3rd generation
- Italian President Sergio Mattarella - Republic Day - 2 June 2019

Maserati Quattroporte 3rd generation
- Italian President Sergio Mattarella - Republic Day - 2 June 2019
 

Today, the Quattroporte is still the President of Italy's official car: on 2 June this year, on Republic Day, the current President Sergio Mattarella used the Quattroporte 6th generation with exterior colour “Blu Istituzionale" specially created by Maserati. The car has interior trims in “Black Piano” (black lacquered wood) teamed with full-grain Pieno Fiore leather. Particular care was taken over the soundproofing of the cabin to ensure the upmost of comfort on board the car in all conditions of use. The rear of the console bears the official crest of the Italian Republic. The Quattroporte built for the Italian President was specifically modified to achieve the highest safety standards for cars intended for particular institutional uses. The powerplant is the famous 530 hp bi-turbo V8 with peak torque of 650 Nm.

Thus continues the tradition by which Maserati has supplied special cars for the President of Italy.


 Data Sheet


Model

 Quattroporte 4.2

 Quattroporte 4.9

 Quattroporte Royale

Model Code

 Tipo AM330

 Tipo AM330/49

 Tipo AM330/49

Body Type

 4-door
 5-seater saloon

 4-door
 5-seater saloon

 4-door
 5-seater saloon

Design

 Giugiaro

 Giugiaro

 Giugiaro

Chassis

 Steel platform chassis

Kerb Weight

 1,780 - 1,975 kg

 1,780 - 1,975 kg

 1,780 - 1,975 kg

Engine Configuration

 90° V8, double overhead camshaft

Displacement

 4,136 cc

 4,930 cc

 4,930 cc

Maximun Power

 255hp @ 6,000 rpm

 280hp @ 5,600 rpm

 300hp @ 5,800 rpm

Top Speed

 215 km/h

 225 km/h

 230 km/h

 

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
MASERATI CELEBRATES 105 YEARS OF HISTORY
AND PREPARES FOR THE START OF A NEW ERA
 

Modena, 2nd December 2019 - The start of the new Maserati Era coincides with a significant birthday.

 

Maserati Headquarters Modena 2019
 

Maserati Levante GTS and Trofeo, Piazza Roma, Modena 2019
 

As it begins the modernisation work at the Modena plant and plans a big event for May 2020, when it will be starring on the global stage, Maserati celebrates its roots and its more than a century of history. Indeed, it was 105 years ago that Alfieri Maserati joined forces with his brothers Ettore and Ernesto to open the "Alfieri Maserati" at number 1A on via de’ Pepoli, in the heart of Bologna.

The business was founded in Bologna on 1 December 1914, but officially the activities of the mechanical workshop began trading on 14 December. The Maserati brothers were passionate about mechanical engineering and loved speed, quite happy to get behind the wheel of a racing car themselves, despite their many technical and commercial commitments. Another brother, Mario, contributed by creating the famous Trident logo (inspired by the Fountain of Neptune in the centre of Bologna) and their brother Bindo joined Officine Maserati in 1932, after Alfieri's death.

 

Maserati Headquarters Modena 1998

Maserati entrance Viale Ciro Menotti Modena 1965
 

The first car to bear the Trident logo was built in 1926. It was the Tipo 26, a racing car which debuted at the Targa Florio that same year, winning first place in the class up to 1.5 L, with Alfieri Maserati at the wheel. This was the first in a long series of successes, including two consecutive editions of the Indianapolis 500 (1939 and 1940), four consecutive victories in the Targa Florio (1937, 1938, 1939 and 1940), nine F1 wins and the 1957 F1 World Championship with Juan Manuel Fangio. More recently, Maserati returned to its winning ways with the MC12, the car which, between 2005 and 2010, won six FIA GT international championships, the highest-level racing category for production-derived GT cars.

Maserati remained in Bologna until 1939. In late September 1939, following the acquisition of the Brand by the Orsi family, operations began for the transfer of the Maserati headquarters from Bologna (Pontevecchio, where it had moved in the meantime) to Modena, where the Orsi family's businesses were based, to build new cars, invest in research and innovation and become Modena's most globally famous Brand. The production site on Viale Ciro Menotti, where the plant is still located, officially opened its doors on 1 January 1940.

 

Maserati Modena plant production line 1958

Avv. Giovanni Agnelli plant (AGAP) in Grugliasci (TO)
 

The year 1947 marked the end of one era and the start of a new one. The Maserati brothers’ collaboration with the company ended, while the Brand launched its first road car, the A6 1500. In 1963, Maserati started another new phase of its history: with the launch of the Quattroporte, it created a completely new, previously non-existent market segment, that of high-performance luxury sedans.

After the brief period under the ownership of Citroën (1967-1975), during which the French owners introduced the first modern industrial processes, in the following De Tomaso period (1976-1993), the Modena plant created and sold a model destined to be one of the Brand's best-known, best-selling cars: the Biturbo.

 

Maserati Tipo 26

Maserati Tipo A6
 

The acquisition by Fiat in 1993 was the start of a major new chapter, which led to Maserati coming under the control of Ferrari in September 1997. These were years of major transformations, which saw the birth of the 3200 GT (1998), followed by the Spyder (2001), a car which marked the important return to the US market.

In 2005, Maserati was separated from Ferrari and returned to the control of the Fiat Group. 2007 was a very successful year, with the debut at the Detroit Motor Show of the Quattroporte (5th generation) with automatic transmission, enabling an important step forward, especially in markets such as the United States, Japan and the Middle East. The same year saw the presentation at the Geneva International Motor Show of the GranTurismo, another milestone in Maserati’s history.

In 2009 it was the turn of the GranCabrio, followed by other new products that significantly renewed the range: the new Quattroporte (now in 6th generation and presented at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show), the Ghibli (Shanghai Motor Show in 2013) and the Levante (2016 Geneva International Motor Show), the first SUV for the Brand.

After over a century of history, the Modena plant is still producing extraordinary cars sold in more than 70 markets, all which stand out for their luxury, elegance, style, performance and quality. These characteristics have made Maserati a true Italian icon at the global level.

It is at the historic Viale Ciro Menotti plant itself that production of the new super sports car, rich in highly innovative technological features, is scheduled to start in 2020. Major modernisation work is already in progress on the production lines, partly to accommodate an electric version. At the same time, work has already started on a paint shop, a completely new addition to the facility.

With the strength of over a century of history Maserati is now ready to start a new Era: past and future will meet in May 2020, when the Brand will star on the world stage for the mobility of tomorrow.

THE HISTORY OF MASERATI IN FIGURES

• 105 years of history

• 80 years of operations at the Modena Plant

• 1914: “Alfieri Maserati” founded on 1 December

• 1926: production of the Tipo 26, the first car to bear the Trident Brand

• 1939: Maserati moves to Modena

• 2001: return to the US, a key market for Maserati

• 2013: Avv. Giovanni Agnelli plant (AGAP) in Grugliasco (TO) was opened on 30 January

• 2016: car number 100,000 is built at the Avv. Giovanni Agnelli plant (AGAP), Grugliasco (TO)

• 2016: start of production of Maserati Levante at Mirafiori (TO)

• 2019: 100,000th Ghibli is produced at the Avv. Giovanni Agnelli plant (AGAP), Grugliasco (TO)

 

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
MASERATI CELEBRATES THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LAUNCH OF THE 5000 GT 2+2 COUPÉ AT THE TURIN MOTOR SHOW
 

Modena, 29 November 2019 – Sixty years ago, the 5000 GT, a 2+2 coupé, was presented at the Turin Motor Show and was the undisputed star of the event. Maserati now celebrates the anniversary of this extraordinary car, built to the specific request of the Shah of Persia, Reza Pahlavi. Just 34 cars of this model were built at the Viale Ciro Menotti plant in Modena, with bodywork added by Italy's top coachbuilders of the period.

 
© Michael Furman

Maserati 5000 GT - 1959
© Michael Furman

Maserati 5000 GT - 1959
 

Reza Pahlavi, the then Shah of Persia, and a great enthusiast of high-performance sports cars, test-drove a 3500 GT towards the end of 1958 and was delighted with it. However, he requested an increase in performance, and Giulio Alfieri, Maserati technical director at the time, realised that the car would have to be completely redesigned to satisfy this prestige customer's demands.

 
© Michael Furman

Maserati 5000 GT - 1959
© Michael Furman

Maserati 5000 GT - 1959
 

The resulting AM103 project, continued through during 1959, and was in effect a new car and not merely a customisation: the heart of the design was the V8 engine of the 450S (the famous Maserati racing barchetta), with its bore increased to upgrade its displacement to almost five litres. The 5000 GT, a prestigious 2+2 coupé, was born.

The car, of which the first bodywork was built by Carrozzeria Touring, was launched at the 1959 Turin Motor Show, and received the nickname "Shah of Persia” in honour of this unique customer. Only three of that special version were ever produced.

 
© Michael Furman

Maserati 5000 GT - 1959
© Michael Furman

Maserati 5000 GT - 1959
 

The next year, in 1960, the 5000 GT was exhibited on the stand at the Geneva International Motor Show, with a few revisions to the engine. The most interesting fact of the Maserati 5000 GT was that it was built with bodywork by almost all the leading Italian coachbuilders of the time: from Allemano, Pininfarina, Monterosa, Ghia, Bertone and Frua, not to mention Michelotti for Vignale.

Its great success led to the production of a number of cars for prestige customers including Prince Karim Aga Khan (car with bodywork by Carozzeria Frua), Fiat boss Gianni Agnelli (Carozzeria Pininfarina), industrialist Ferdinando Innocenti (Carrozzeria Ghia), film star Stewart Granger (Carrozzeria Allemano) and Mexican President Adolfo López Mateos (Carrozzeria Allemano).

Maserati confirmed its ability to create a prestigous product, delivering exclusive elegance, impeccable functionality and absolute comfort, combined with thrilling performance. The 5000 GT was a VIP's car, in terms of both exclusivity and performance. Due to its extremely distinctive character and high cost, the total number of cars built was limited to just 34.

Technical Details

Model: Type 5000 GT

Production period: 1959/1964

Engine: Eight cylinders, V - 90°

Displacement: 4937,8 cc (from 1960: 4941,1 cc)

Bore and stroke: 98,5 mm x 81 mm (from 1960: 94 mm x 89 mm)

Power: 325 HP a 5500 rev/min. (from 1960: 340 HP a 5800 rev/min)

Compression ratio: 8,5:1

Valves train: Dual overhead camshafts per bank

Valves: Two per cylinder

Ignition: Double with two Marelli or Lucas distributors

Engine lubrication: Forced with pressure pump

Clutch: Dry twin discs

Gearbox: Four speeds + R (from 1963: five speeds + R)

Frame: Tubular

Front suspensions: Coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers

Rear suspensions: Semi-elliptical leaf springs and telescopic shock absorbers

Brakes: Power-assisted front discs and rear drums

Wheelbase: 2600 mm

Track: Front 1390 mm ; Rear 1360 mm

Body: Two doors Coupè, 2+2 seats

Dry Weight: 1500 Kg

Max. Speed: 260-270 Km/h

 

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati.

 


 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
MASERATI’S INNOVATION ON BOARD THE MULTI 70 TRIMARAN: THE TECHNICAL PARTNERSHIP WITH GIOVANNI SOLDINI
 
• A technology transfer from Maserati to the Maserati Multi 70 trimaran: for the first time the engineers of the Maserati Innovation Lab in Modena share the Brand's know-how with the Maserati Multi 70

• The aerodynamics is the focus of this innovative collaboration.

• Maserati Multi 70's race schedule for the 2020 season has been announced. The English Channel Record is also scheduled.
 

Modena, 26 November 2019 – Maserati enters into a new era of innovation and launches a process for the transfer of technological know-how from the world of cars to the world of high-performance yachts: the engineers of the Maserati Innovation Lab in Modena and Giovanni Soldini, skipper of Maserati Multi 70, take centre stage. A collaboration between people moved by passion, adrenaline and the search for maximum performance, values that have been shared by Maserati and Giovanni Soldini since 2012, the year in which the collaboration began and that goes beyond sponsorship.

 
© Arthur Daniel

2019 Maserati Multi 70
© Erik Simonson

2019 Maserati Multi 70
 

Today, the results of a unique study are unveiled. The research project sets out to apply the aerodynamic knowledge and virtual analysis tools usually used when developing cars to the Maserati Multi 70 trimaran, to boost its performances and aerodynamics, and to enhance its flight attributes, by means of special hydrodynamic profiles.

The Maserati engineers analysed the data of Maserati Multi 70's latest races to identify the key parameters of its motion. They made an in-depth study of the craft's current configurations to identify possible areas of improvement using advanced CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) simulations, able to predict the behaviour of the complex flows created around the trimaran.

 

Maserati Multi 70

Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Engineering Team
 

Virtual tools were also used to test different hull streamlining and sheet configurations, on the one hand to reduce the boat's resistance to the air and on the other to increase the efficiency of its sails by controlling extremity phenomena.

The outcome of these studies was a reduction of about 5% in the entire vessel's aerodynamic penetration (Cx) coefficient. What's more, improving the flows around the craft enables the sails to work more efficiently, increasing propulsion force by 4% with a less than 1% rise in heeling force. With these results, the yacht's cruising speed could now exceed 43 knots in ideal conditions.

 

Joe Grace Head of Product Development Maserati
 

Joe Grace Head of Product Development Maserati
and Giovanni Soldini
 

By applying its technical expertise even to sailing, Maserati yet again reaffirms its aptitude for innovation, adopting Maserati Multi 70 as a continually evolving "laboratory boat”.

 

Guglielmo Caviasso - Donato Monteforte
- Giovanno Soldini - Andrea Galeazzi
 

Maserati Innovation Lab

The Maserati Innovation Lab is the heart of the Brand's technological research, development and design.

The Brand’s engineering hub, on via Emilia Ovest in Modena, recently opened its doors to share its key role in the development of new Maserati models with the outside world for the first time.

It is at this facility of excellence that all Maserati models of today and tomorrow are designed, with digital processes that support the product's development, applying the exclusive Maserati formula which adopts an integrated approach to prioritise the human factor right from the initial phases: customer-focus is incorporated in the world of virtual simulation with an exclusive hardware-software mix.

In fact, the Maserati Innovation Lab engineers are assisted by advanced technologies such as the new, latest-generation DiM (Driver-in-Motion) Simulator, the Static Simulator and the labs working to develop “User eXperience”.

Maserati Multi 70: 2020 Race Schedule

Maserati Multi 70's 2020 racing season will take in a series of events, with the following schedule.

The Channel Record attempt will be a special highlight.

Maserati Multi 70 – 2020 Race Schedule

January 2020 Cape to Rio Race

February 2020 RORC Caribbean 600 Race

March 2020 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

April 2020 - May 2020 Atlantic Record attempt (Bermuda – Plymouth)

May 2020 English Channel attempt

September 2020 Super 8 Race

October 2020 Rolex Middle Sea Race

Maserati S.p.A.

Maserati produces a complete range of unique cars with an amazing personality, immediately recognisable anywhere. With their style, technology and innately exclusive character, they delight the most discerning, demanding tastes and have always been an automotive industry benchmark. Ambassadors of this heritage are the Quattroporte flagship, the Ghibli sports sedan, the Levante, Maserati’s very first SUV, and the GranTurismo and GranCabrio sports cars. A range complete as never before, with petrol and diesel engines, rear and all-wheel drive, the finest materials and outstanding engineering. A tradition of successful cars, each of them redefining what makes an Italian sports car in terms of design, performance, comfort, elegance and safety.

Giovanni Soldini

Born in Milan in 1966, he started sailing when still very young. He has 25 years of ocean racing behind him, including two single-handed round-the-world, six Québec-Saint Malo, six Ostar and three Tansat Jacques Vabre races, as well as more than 40 transoceanic events. His association with Maserati began in 2012: in Vor70 Maserati he achieved many victories and major records, including Cadice-San Salvador (2012) and the New York San Francisco Gold Route (2016).

For Giovanni Soldini, 2016 saw the start of the new challenge at the helm of Maserati Multi 70, in which he set the Record for the Tea Route, from Hong Kong to London (2018), as well as winning a number of ocean races.

 

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati.

 


 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
A NEW CAMOUFLAGED MASERATI SPOTTED ON THE STREETS OF MODENA. THE ENGINE IS 100% MASERATI.
 

Modena, 20 November 2019 – The first “mule” for the development of the new Maserati powertrain was driven out of the Viale Ciro Menotti gates, in Modena today.

 

Maserati new mule at Modena

Maserati new mule at Modena
 

The “mules” - as they are known in the automotive industry - of a new Maserati model have a special wrap that echoes the “Save the Date” teaser sent out ahead of the event scheduled for May 2020.

The experimental vehicles are equipped with a new powertrain entirely developed and built in Maserati and will be the forefather of a new family of engines integrated exclusively on the vehicles of the Brand.

 

Maserati new mule at Modena

Maserati new mule at Modena
 

The data acquired through the kilometres covered by the mules will be integrated with the experience gathered in the Maserati Innovation Lab driving simulators, the most advanced in the world. This working methodology will then be used to fine-tune and develop the prototypes with final bodywork and mechanics.

 

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati.

 


 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
A NIGHT AT THE MASERATI PLANT IN MODENA
 

Modena, 13 November 2019 - Production of the GranTurismo and GranCabrio - one of the most iconic cars of the Brand - comes to an end, and to mark the occasion Maserati opened the doors of its historic site in Viale Ciro Menotti for an exclusive night-time event. A selection of guests had the opportunity to listen to original stories and sleep alongside the production line.

 

Ermanno Cozza rand stories
 

At the Maserati plant they had the chance to hear a first-hand account of the past, present and future of the Brand. Ermanno Cozza, who has been with Maserati for over 60 years, told the story of the Brand and recalled fascinating episodes from his life with the company, in close contact with great champions and wonderful cars. Rossella Guasco, Colours & Materials Manager at the Centro Stile, spoke about the shapes, colours and style details of Maserati cars. And finally, engineer Federico Landini, who is in charge of developing the future high-performance sports car models, told his stories about the innovation and the future of the Brand and took guests into the realm of technological research.

 

Federico Landini Innovation stories

Rosella Guasco Colours and Material stores
 

Having listened to these bedtime stories, the guests then slept in special bedrooms set up for the occasion on the assembly line between the bodyshells of Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabrio and the special Maserati GranTurismo Zéda, the car created to celebrate the last day of production.

 

A Night at the Maserati Plant

A Night at the Maserati Plant
 

The Modena factory, the home of Maserati for 80 years, is a magical place that combines the Maserati heritage and “made in Italy” DNA along with a strong drive towards the future and innovation: it is in this very place that the long-awaited new super-sports car planned for 2020 will be built. Major modernisation is already under way on the production line, to also accommodate for the electric version, as well as the construction of a new paint line.

 

A Night at the Maserati Plant

A Night at the Maserati Plant
 

A Night at the Maserati Plant

A Night at the Maserati Plant
 

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati.

 


 
 
 
 
From Car Finder in the USA
 
JUST WHEN YOU'VE SEEN IT ALL !!!

- MASERATI BITURBO - ELECTRIC CONVERSION - US $15,000
 

1985 Maserati Biturbo

Condition: Good

Cylinders: Other

Drive: RWD

Fuel: Electric

Paint color: Red

Size: Mid-size

Title status: Clean

Transmission: Manual

Type: Coupe

1985 Maserati Biturbo converted to electric.

Yes, this is the Wheelers Dealers car !

170 bhp, more torque than the original, fun and reliable.

Gets 125 miles on a full charge, gets you to and from anywhere in San Diego county.

I use it as my daily driver.

Is it worth the price? It would cost you more than double to convert this car to electric...

if you had the car. Email with questions. Reasonable offers considered.

 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
MASERATI OPENS THE DOORS TO ITS INNOVATION LAB
 
• For the first time in its history, Maserati is opening the doors of its engineering division on Via Emilia Ovest to offer an exclusive look behind the scenes into the heart of innovation and development of the Brand.

• The new Dynamic Simulator featuring latest generation DiM (Driver-in-Motion) technology, the Static Simulator and the laboratories devoted to develop the “User eXperience”: the Brand is on the cutting edge of support technology for the development of new models.

• From the virtual product to the final result: an integrated approach that prioritizes the human factor right from the initial development phases.
 

Modena, 12th November 2019 - In a surprise move, Maserati is opening the doors to an exclusive and usually off-limits location: the Maserati Innovation Lab.

 

Gian Carlo Muzzarelli Mayor of Modena
- Davide Grasso CEO Maserati
- Joe Grace Head of product development for Maserati
 

The Brand’s engineering hub, inaugurated in September 2015 and located on via Emilia Ovest in Modena, is for the first time sharing with the outside world its fundamental role as the Brand’s beating pulse, driving research technology, development and planning.

The Maserati Innovation Lab is a state-of-the-art facility where the cars of today and tomorrow are developed. Here, the digital processes support the product development, applying the exclusive Maserati formula which, by means of an integrated approach, prioritizes the human factor right from the initial phases. Concern with customer needs has been scrupulously incorporated into the virtual simulation process thanks to an exclusive mix of hardware and software.

 

Maserati Innovation Lab

Maserati Innovation Lab
 

The digital processes supporting product development take place in three major areas: the Static Simulator, the latest generation Dynamic Simulator featuring DiM (Driver-in-Motion) technology and the “User eXperience” development labs.

The Product Development hub (or Technical Department) employs more than 1,500 technicians (divided across the Modena offices on Via Emilia Ovest, Viale Ciro Menotti, via delle Nazioni, and in the headquarters of Grugliasco and Balocco). The headquarters in Via Emilia Ovest covers a total area of 33,744 square meters (of which 14,000 square meters are covered and 19,744 square meters uncovered). More than 1,100 people carry out their activities, the majority of which are engineers, representing 17 different countries. The environment is comprised of a very young and dynamic workforce of an average age of around 37 years. Almost half of the employees are under 35 and 20% are under 30. The organization has grown considerably in recent years, attracting top graduates from the best Italian universities, including those that collaborate with Maserati.

Static Simulator

The Static Simulator is the starting point for every experience in the Maserati realm of simulation.

The system is composed of a cockpit, three projectors and high computational power. It is a simple system that helps engineers, from the very initial phase of the development process, obtain immediate feedback from the driver, and makes a major contribution to new model validation.

 

Static Stimulator

Dynamic Stimulator
 

In particular, Maserati engineering ensures a driver-centred strategy even during virtual development, by creating a link between the Hardware In the Loop (HiL) methodology and the simulator. Using this approach, real subsystems such as steering and braking, ABS and ESC can be added in, to create tests that connect physical and simulated components to provide a test-bed for developing all the characteristics of a new vehicle. Last but not least, driver assist systems can be developed, trialled and validated in a safe environment by reproducing the complex scenarios which may arise anywhere in the world.

Dynamic Simulator with latest generation DiM (Driver-in-Motion) technology

The Dynamic Simulator featuring latest generation DiM (Driver-in-Motion) technology, the most modern and advanced exemplar found in Europe, supports the Maserati engineers in the development of all the new models. The Dynamic Simulator incorporates state-of-the-art technology and enables full exploitation of systems' integration thanks to the evolution of proprietary control strategies, cutting development times and costs. It also helps to reduce the number of prototypes and ensures that the Virtual Sign-Off is very close to the final product.

With various directions of movement, this tool generates an effective driving experience, emulating in a virtual environment the driving dynamics of a car in the real world on a wide variety of road surfaces or contexts, including the world's top international racing circuits.

 

Sky Light Simulator

Sky Light Simulator
 

The simulator makes it possible to test cars on various racetracks on the same day. Modifications to the vehicle can be made with a few simple clicks and this greatly simplifies the analysis of the data gathered.

. The majority of simulators utilize six actuators in order to offer six “degrees of freedom”. The innovative dynamic simulator used at the Innovation Lab takes full advantage of nine actuators, thanks to which it can utilize 3 degrees of freedom with the lower platform and 6 with the upper one. In this way it can offer in total 9 degrees of freedom to accurately reproduce the driving characteristics of a car. All of this enables the engineers to precisely analyse the dynamics of the car, in addition to driving performance and comfort, all on the same moving platform.

Another particularly interesting characteristic is a very thin cushion of air which makes the entire platform float over the pavement, enabling dynamic, silent and continuous movement thanks to the electric actuators.

The Dynamic Simulator featuring latest generation DiM (Driver-in-Motion) technology offers tried and tested technology that makes it possible to achieve a 50% reduction in time-to-market for new cars, to carry out 90% of all development on the simulator and to reduce by 40% the use of physical prototypes. Using the simulator makes it possible to study and emulate the electrified vehicles included in Maserati's future plans even before physical tests become possible. Thus, the new opportunities offered by this different propulsion method can be analysed and explored in ways that keep the Maserati DNA absolutely intact. Weight distribution and the location of the centre of gravity have been effectively optimised thanks to the scope for testing hundreds of different configurations. A centralised logic that guarantees all the car's active contents and its electric traction has been developed, maximising dynamic performances since the entire car provides an integrated reaction to all inputs from the driver.

Particular care has been focused on exploiting electric motors' vast potential in terms of power and rapid response.

The “User eXperience” development labs

The “User eXperience” development labs are fundamental in the design of the human-machine interfaces, one of the major challenges of the latest Maserati development projects.

The rapid evolution of connectivity and the use of driver assist systems, combined with electrification, generate a vast number of scenarios for multisensorial interaction with the vehicle, which are often completely new and require state-of-the-art tools for managing their extreme complexity, to take full advantage of all the opportunities and deliver a unique user experience, with competitive development times and costs.

 

User Experience Lab

Harmony Room
 

The Maserati driver simulator hub includes a lab dedicated to vehicle ergonomics, enabling accurate reproduction of driving posture, visibility and interactions with the on-board controls and displays, and where the vehicle under development can be driven in any scenario with the utmost realism. The integrated design of the user experience is aided by the effective, coherent visual, acoustic or haptic alerts in highly automated driving mode, from the level of distraction generated by the most frequent operations to the accessible layout of the controls, and full information in the different driving modes. The ergonomics lab is completed by a set of sophisticated, specialised instrumentation to analyse the various issues that contribute to the user experience. Two examples: the skylight simulator, designed to reproduce lighting conditions at all times of day, at any point in the year and at any latitude. Here there is an in-depth focus on reflection problems, to avoid disturbance at the wheel while still providing solutions with attractive shapes, materials, finishes and colours.

The psycho-acoustics lab where the soundtrack of future Maseratis is developed: the acoustics of the controls, the audio alerts, the driver assist systems and .... much more !

The "User eXperience” development labs support the integrated development of ergonomics, the human-machine interface and the vehicle's perceived quality for genuine "user-centred design" dedicated to delivering the distinctive Maserati user experience.

 

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
GRANTURISMO ZÉDA PROJECTS MASERATI TOWARDS THE FUTURE: FROM THE MODENA PLANT THE NEW ERA FOR THE BRAND BEGINS
 
• GranTurismo Zéda is the car created to celebrate the last day of production of the Maserati GranTurismo.

• Zéda is the bridge which connects the past, the present and the future. It means “Z” in the Modena dialect, it pays tribute to Maserati’s roots and reminds us that there is a new beginning for every ending: Maserati starts for “Z” in anticipation of a new GranTurismo.

• Renovation work has begun on the Modena Plant which will produce the new high-performance sports car as production of the Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabrio comes to an end.

• The new GranTurismo and GranCabrio, to be produced at the Turin manufacturing hub, will herald a new era of electrification for the Maserati range of cars, constituting the first models to adopt 100% electric solutions in the history of the Brand.
 

Modena, 11th November 2019 - Maserati takes another step towards a new chapter of its story. The Brand will unveil a special car, the GranTurismo Zéda, to mark the end of production of the Maserati GranTurismo. The new car coincides with the Brand’s recent announcement regarding production innovations, electrification and autonomous driving, as renovation work commences at the Viale Ciro Menotti plant in Modena.

GranTurismo Zéda: from “Z” in anticipation of a New GranTurismo

Maserati unveils a celebratory car set to tour the world in anticipation of the arrival of a new GranTurismo.

The unique model, sporting futuristic exterior shades designed by Centro Stile Maserati, tells the story of the dawn of a new era through colours and materials: GranTurismo Zéda is the bridge which connects the past, the present and the future of the Brand.

 

GranTurismo Zeda

GranTurismo Zeda
 

Observing the model from the rear section to the front, the surfaces change and become richer, shifting from a light satin finish to a burnished “metallurgic” effect.

 

GranTurismo Zeda

GranTurismo Zeda
 

The midsection slowly morphs once again, deepening all the way to Maserati blue. The blue also evolves, becoming energetic, electric, it seems alive, it seems like a mirror.

 

GranTurismo Zeda

GranTurismo Zeda
 

The finished overall effect is a masterpiece in the complex use and juxtaposition of vastly differing effects. Through manual skills we go back in time, with today’s technology and know-how constantly evolving towards the future.

Production of the Maserati GranTurismo comes to an end and work begins in the Modena plant to update the production line

The end of production of the Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabrio marks the beginning of a new path for the Modena plant. Work is already under way to update the production line in view of a total renovation that will see the facility devoted to the construction of the new super sports model, a high-performance car, characterised by state-of-the art technology and scheduled to launch in 2020. In parallel, work has already started on a paint shop, a completely new addition to the facility, equipped with low environmental-impact, innovative technologies and boasting a special design enabling customers to personally view their cars as they are painted.

Maserati GranTurismo since 2007 in the Olympus of the GTs

The GranTurismo, presented at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2007, represents a milestone in the history of Maserati. This four-seat, two-door coupé, with Pininfarina’s classic design and a naturally aspirated 8-cylinder engine, came into being as a modern interpretation of the Maserati A6 1500 of 1947, and has come to be considered, over the course of time, one of the most emblematic cars ever constructed by Maserati. In 2009, where it was debuted at the Frankfurt International Motor Show, the GranCabrio joined the GranTurismo.

After various updates, the GranTurismo saw its final and last version with the MY18, in which an efficient restyling effort improved the aerodynamics, ergonomics and infotainment systems. The MY18 offered the iconic coupé in 16 exterior colours. Also available were 14 light alloy wheels in six different designs, brake callipers available in nine colours, and Exterior Carbon and Exterior Body Colour packs. With the MY18 the GranTurismo and GranCabrio range included two versions distinguished by a powerful, distinctive identity: Sport and MC (Maserati Corse). There are more than 400,000 possible combinations. The Maserati GranTurismo represents the maximum expression of the Brand’s GT character thanks to the charismatic 4.7 litre Ferrari V8 engine capable of delivering 460 hp at 7,000 rpm and 520 Nm of maximum torque at 4,750 rpm. Innumerable successes have been tallied by GranTurismo and GranCabrio in the years from 2007 to today; more than 40,000 of the iconic cars have been sold throughout the world, of which 28,805 were GranTurismo and 11,715 were GranCabrio.

 

GranTurismo Zeda Chassis

GranTurismo Zeda Chassis and Powertrain
 

GranTurismo Zeda Production Line

GranTurismo Zeda Production Line
 

GranTurismo Zeda Production Line

GranTurismo Zeda Production Line
 

GranTurismo Zeda Production Line

GranTurismo Zeda Production Line
 

GranTurismo Zeda Marriage

GranTurismo Zeda Marriage
 

GranTurismo Zeda Front lights fitting

GranTurismo Zeda Front Grille
 

GranTurismo Zeda Front Wheel

GranTurismo Zeda Camber Convergence Test
 

GranTurismo Zeda Suspension Test

GranTurismo Zeda Suspension Test
 

GranTurismo Zeda Painting Process

GranTurismo Zeda Painting Process
 

GranTurismo Zeda Painting Process

GranTurismo Zeda Painting Process
 

GranTurismo Zeda Painting Process

GranTurismo Zeda Engine Calibration
 

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
MASERATI MULTI 70 AND GIOVANNI SOLDINI SET SAIL FOR THE ROYAL HONG KONG YACHT CLUB NHA TRANG RALLY
 
Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini set sail for the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Nha Trang Rally (ex Hong Kong to Vietnam Race).

The start for the multihulls was today October 16th at 3.10 pm local time.
 

Modena, October 16th, 2019 – Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini set sail today, October 16th at 15.10 local time (7.10 UTC, 9.10 Italian time) for the 9th edition of the Hong Kong to Vietnam Race. The regatta, first run in 1996, is organized by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and is part of the China Coast Race Week. The fleet set sail from Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong, and will arrive in Nha Trang, Vietnam, after sailing predominately downwind for 673 miles.

With an Easterly wind of 12-15 knots and a calm sea, Maserati Multi 70 crossed the starting line in the Hong Kong canal, in front of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, on the wake of SHK Scallywag Fuku. After the first few hours, Maserati Multi 70 should find a North-Easterly wind of 25 knots that will last for the first half of the course. After that, the wind will drop to 20-15 knots and then drop again approaching the finish line.

 
© RHKYC Guy Nowell

Maserati Multi 70 at Lei Yue Mun
© RHKYC Guy Nowell

Maserati Multi 70 2019
 

Nine boats entered the regatta, two of which are multihulls: Maserati Multi 70’s direct competitor is SHK Scallywag Fuku, an Orma 60 skippered by David Witt. The Hong Kong-based trimaran (former Team Australia) was added to Team Scallywag’s fleet in 2018, alongside the 100 feet maxi monohull Scallywag.

 
© RHKYC Guy Nowell

Maserati Multi 70 - Giovanni Soldini - 2019
© RHKYC Guy Nowell

Maserati Multi 70 Crew 2019 Hong Kong to Vietnam Race
 

A few moments before setting sail, Giovanni Soldini commented: “It will be important for us to prevent our competitor from out-distancing us at the start in the canal, where there will be less wind.” SHK Scallywag Fuku is a 60-foot trimaran, much lighter than Maserati Multi 70, so the Hong Kong based trimaran will be very advantaged with light winds. Soldini continues: “With a strong wind and a rough sea we are surely more at ease, we will try to monitor our competitor and to avoid leaving lateral distance. Lighter boats are very strong with downwind like the one expected for this race, but I’m sure that with long waves we will be able to make a difference. Maserati Multi 70’s Team is definitely pumped and we will fight tooth and nail as always!”

 
© RHKYC Guy Nowell

Scallywag FUKU and Maserati Multi 70 - 2019
© RHKYC Guy Nowell

Maserati Multi 70 in front of RHKYC
 

The two competing trimarans will try to beat the race speed record of 1 day, 18 hours, 17 minutes and 24 seconds, set in 2015 by Sydney Fisher aboard the monohull Ragamuffin 100. The multihull record was set in 2006, when Benoit Lesaffre finished the race in 1 day, 23 hours, 40 minutes and 25 seconds aboard the catamaran Atmosphere.

. In July, Maserati Multi 70’s Team entered the shipyard in Hawaii, where they worked non-stop for two months: they repaired the damage to the left side hull and rudder, caused by an impact during the Transpacific Yacht Race, and carried out ordinary maintenance work. Furthermore, they continued researching and experimenting to optimize Maserati Multi 70’s flying performance: for the Hong Kong to Vietnam Race the T-shaped rudders are adjusted on optimal settings, developed after various tests that were carried out in the past months.

For this edition of the Hong Kong to Vietnam Race, skipper Giovanni Soldini will sail aboard Maserati Multi 70 with a seven-man crew:

• Guido Broggi (IT), shift supervisor – born in 1971, he is Maserati Multi 70’s boat captain and has thousands of miles of ocean sailing under his belt. He has been working alongside Giovanni Soldini for many years, since he was team leader in the building and in the racing preparation of 60’ Fila in 1998. He was part of Maserati Multi 70’s crew for the Tea Route record from Hong Kong to London and, in 2019, for the RORC Caribbean 600, the CA 500 and the Transpac.

• Furio Carboni (ITA), grinder – born in 1993, he grew up at sea, he has been sailing since he was young and he participated in many crewed races. He sailed aboard Maserati Multi 70 for the 6,000 miles long delivery from Honolulu to Hong Kong.

• Lorenzo Jovanotti Cherubini (ITA), grinder – born in 1966, he loves adventures and travelling by sea, he sailed aboard Maserati Multi 70 for a delivery from Italy to Spain in 2017.

• Ronan Cointo (FRA), tactician – born in 1973, he has many years of experience both in the shipyard and at sea. He participated in 5 Solitaire du Figaro, in many transatlantic crossings and in the building of many state-of-the-art IMOCAs. He was part of the building team for Giovanni Soldini’s Class 40 Telecom Italia in 2006 and, aboard Maserati Multi 70, he sailed for the delivery from Honolulu to Hong Kong.

• Oliver Herrera Perez (ESP), shift supervisor – born in 1987, throughout his career he raced aboard Ims 500s, Swan 45s and Rc44s. He was previously part of VOR 70 Maserati’s crew and now he continues to race as bowman aboard Maserati Multi 70. He crewed for Giovanni Soldini during the Tea Route record and, in 2019, for the RORC Caribbean 600, the CA 500 and the Transpac.

• Nico Malingri (ITA), grinder – born in 1991, he started sailing at a very young age and has conquered two double-handed records with his father Vittorio Malingri aboard a 20-foot-long catamaran: the Marseilles-Carthage in 2016 and the Dakar-Guadeloupe in 2017. Aboard Maserati Multi 70 he participated in the latest editions of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, the RORC Transatlantic Race, the RORC Caribbean 600 and the CA 500.

• Matteo Soldini (ITA), trimmer and grinder – born in 1993, he has been part of the Maserati Multi 70 project since its start and has participated in many offshore races. He was part of the trimaran’s crew for the latest Rolex Middle Sea Race, RORC Transatlantic Race, RORC Caribbean 600, CA 500 and Transpac.

The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Nha Trang Rally is the last regatta of Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini’s 2019 racing season. This past year the Italian Team has participated in the RORC Caribbean 600 in February, the CA 500 in May and the Transpacific Yacht Race in July.

 

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
MASERATI TIPO V4 AND MARIO UMBERTO “BACONÌN” BORZACCHINI’S CREMONA RECORD
 

Modena, 30 September 2019 – On 28 September 1929, Mario Umberto “Baconìn” Borzacchini, at the wheel of a Maserati Tipo V4, set the world land speed record for the flying 10 kilometres. The car had made its race debut on 15 September, driven by Alfieri Maserati in the Monza Grand Prix, finishing the race in sixth place. Two weeks later, before the race at the Circuito di Cremona, the “Giornata dei record”, a time trial on the flying 10 kilometres, was organised. The race was held on the old state (now provincial) highway no. 10-Padania Inferiore, which runs in a straight line East-North-East out of the city of Cremona for approximately 17 km. The 10 km course started from the town hall at Gadesco Pieve Delmona and finished at Sant’Antonio d’Anniata, a village near Pessina Cremonese, with a 3 km margin for the flying start and for stopping.

 

Maserati Tipo V4 and Mario Umberto "Baconin" Borzacchini
- Bologna 1929

Maserati Tipo V4 and Mario Umberto "Baconin" Borzacchini
- Bologna 1929
 

The international rules required the course to be completed twice, once in each direction. The average of the times logged was approved for the purposes of the record. Borzacchini covered the uphill leg in 2’25”20/100, with an average speed of 247.933 km/h. On the downhill leg he took two more seconds, logging 2’27”40/100, giving an average of 244.233 km/h. His overall average time was 2’26”30/100, equivalent to a speed of 246.069 km/h: world record for class C (from 3,000 to 5,000 cc). This was an extraordinary achievement by Mario “Baconìn” Borzacchini, breaking the previous recorded, set by Ernest Eldridge at Montlhéry in 1927 with 225.776 km/h and a time of 2’39”45/100.

 

Maserati Tipo V4 and Mario Umberto "Baconin" Borzacchini's Cremona Record

Maserati Tipo V4 and Mario Umberto "Baconin" Borzacchini's Cremona Record
 

The record was an outstanding achievement, celebrated in Bologna with a dinner hosted by the Automobile Club attended by the city's top officials, the drivers and Enzo Ferrari, who took advantage of this opportunity to persuade the two wealthy Emilia-region businessmen Alfredo Caniato and Mario Tadini to establish the racing team which was to bear his name.

 

Maserati Tipo V4 and Mario Umberto "Baconin" Borzacchini's Cremona Record

Maserati Tipo V4 and Mario Umberto "Baconin" Borzacchini's Cremona Record
 

The Maserati Tipo V4 marked a major milestone for Maserati in terms of innovation. The aim was to produce a mighty powerplant by combining two identical straight eight engines. This complex design comprised two Tipo 26B engines mounted side by side, connected by a single crankcase containing two crankshafts. The name Maserati Tipo V4 referred to the V layout of the rows of cylinders, placed at a 25° angle, and the displacement of 4 litres. Each of the two sets of cylinders had its own magneto ignition, its own carburettor with supercharger and its own crankshaft, giving a power output of over 280 HP.

 

Maserati Tipo V4 and Mario Umberto "Baconin" Borzacchini's Cremona Record

Maserati Tipo V4 and Mario Umberto "Baconin" Borzacchini's Cremona Record
 

The chassis was specially reinforced to cope with the massive power of the engine. It consisted of the usual C-section pressed steel section rails; the car had a 4-speed gearbox with a single propeller shaft ending at the rigid rear axle with semi-elliptical spring suspension. It proved impossible to eliminate the rapid tyre wear and the inadequacy of the braking system, problems generated by the car's immense power and considerable weight.

 

Maserati Tipo V4 and Mario Umberto "Baconin" Borzacchini's Cremona Record

Maserati Tipo V4 and Mario Umberto "Baconin" Borzacchini's Cremona Record
 

Maserati Tipo V4 and Mario Umberto "Baconin" Borzacchini's Cremona Record

Maserati Tipo V4 and Mario Umberto "Baconin" Borzacchini's Cremona Record
 

Key technical features of the Tipo V4:

Engine: sixteen cylinders, in two rows of eight in 25° V arrangement

Displacement: 3,961 cc

Power: from 280 hp to 305 hp

Transmission: mechanical four speeds + reverse

Chassis: riveted C-section pressed steel section rails and cross-members

Dry weight: 1,050 kg

Top speed: 260 km/h

 

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
MASERATI ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR ALL-NEW MODELS TO BE DEVELOPED, ELECTRIFIED AND PRODUCED IN ITALY
 

Modena, 26 September 2019 – In line with FCA’s €5 billion investment program for Italy, Maserati announces its innovation plan for production, electrification and autonomous driving technologies.

 

Maserati announces plans for all-new models to be developed, electrified and produced in Italy.
 

With regards to production, Maserati announces plans for its lineup of new and electrified products at Modena, Cassino and Turin (Mirafiori and Grugliasco).

All of Maserati’s new models will be 100 percent made in Italy and will adopt hybrid and battery electric propulsion systems capable of providing both innovation and the high performance embedded in the brand’s DNA. Maserati’s all electric models will combine traditional highly appreciated Maserati driving dynamics together with next-generation battery electric technology, offering unique driving modes, extended range and ultra-fast charging capabilities.

An important step for Maserati innovation is the level of Autonomous Driving. All new Maserati including the updated current models, will offer a range of autonomous driving capabilities, starting with Maserati Level 2 enhanced Highway Assist progressing to Level 3 with hands-off offering close to full autonomy, having the ability to manoeuvre in and out of lanes or bring the vehicle to a safe stop at the side of the road if the driver is unable to take control of the vehicle.

In 2020, the Company will embark on electrification and the Maserati Ghibli, produced in Turin, will be the first hybrid electric propulsion for the brand. The first of the totally new Maserati to appear will be the eagerly anticipated sports car – packed with technology and reminiscent of Maserati’s traditional values. It will be produced in the Modena plant, where major production line upgrades are also underway to accommodate its electric powertrain.

Next up will be a new Maserati utility vehicle, set to be built at Cassino and destined to play a leading role for the Brand thanks to its innovative technologies. An investment of approximately €800 million has been earmarked for the construction of the new production line, scheduled to open at the end of the first quarter of 2020. The first pre-series cars are expected to roll off the line by 2021.

After many years of success, GranTurismo and GranCabrio remain part of the Brand's roots and these models will herald the full electrification era for Maserati. The totally New GranTurismo and GranCabrio will be produced at the Turin production hub, where FCA is investing €800 million.

Production of the new models will complement that of the prestigious and continuously improving line-up of current Maserati range: Levante, Quattroporte and Ghibli.

With the introduction of various product innovations, Maserati is reinforcing the importance of Italy with regards to its production — particularly Modena, which will also continue to play a strategic role as the Brand’s headquarters.

Construction has already begun in Modena on a paint shop, a new feature for the plant, which will be equipped with innovative, low environmental-impact technologies. The design of the paint shop will also allow Maserati customers to watch their car being painted.

Finally, Maserati is developing an entirely new customization program for customers seeking a one-of-a- kind level of exclusivity. A dedicated customization workshop will be created within the Modena plant.

The 2019-2021 FCA investment plan for Italy, announced on 29th November in Turin, includes thirteen totally new or significantly updated FCA models and electrified versions of 12 new or existing models, including the Maserati products, the recently announced all-new electric version of the Fiat 500 to be produced at Mirafiori, and a new premium vehicle for Alfa Romeo to be produced at Pomigliano.

 

Text and photo courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 
 
From Enrico in the UK
 
REGISTRO FOTOGRAFICO MASERATI STORICHE
 

Hi Maseratisti,

Thought you'd like to know how I've been progressing with my photographic register.

If you would like to make a contribution to my photographic register, please send photos and details to enricomaserati@btinternet.com. Thank you !

Regards,

Enrico.

 
 
 

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