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Newspress in the UK

Pre-championship test and race simulation for Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo

25/04/2010 - Modena

The Trofeo Maserati GranTurismo MC turns on the ignition with the pre-championship test held this weekend in Vallelunga, a prep for the first practices in Monza on 23 May.

A long-run simulation was done to make the final checks of the cars assigned to signed-up drivers. Some of them went to the Roman circuit to get their first feel of the cars they will be driving the entire season. One of the protagonist of the test has been Emanuele Smurra, the winner of the first Trofeo Maserati held in 2003. Over 16 drivers from various European countries also participated.

The GranTurismo MC Trofeo is adapted from the GranTurismo S, a headliner in the market of deluxe coupés. Just like the street version, this racing model was built on an assembly line in the famous factory in Viale Ciro Menotti, in Modena.

The Trofeo Maserati GranTurismo MC consists of seven rounds in the most prestigious European circuits, held concurrently with the WTCC (World Touring Car Championship) and in the last round, concurrently with the Italian F.3 Championship.

The series debuts in Monza (I) on 23 May, followed by the rounds in Zolder (B) - 20 June, Brands Hatch (GB) - 18 July, Brno (CZ) - 1 August, Oschersleben (D) - 5 September, Valencia (E) -19 September and the concluding round in Mugello (I) on 10 October.

In addition to the GranTurismo MC Trofeo run directly by Maserati Corse, GranTurismo MC GT4 purchased by private teams may also participate in the championship. These will race in a separate classification from the Trofeo cars.

This is the formula: two 40-minute-long free practice sessions on Friday, two 20-minute-long qualifying sessions on Saturday and two races (38-minutes long + 1 turn) on Sunday. Participating in the Trofeo Maserati GranTurismo MC costs 162,000 Euro + VAT for the entire season (168,000 Euro + VAT should a two-driver team share the driving) while the owners of GranTurismo GT4s may enter the race for 45,000 Euro + VAT.

At each Trofeo round, Maserati will organize a series of events for its customers or prospective customers. During the Vallelunga testing session, potential customers were given the chance to try out the entire Maserati range at the track, while on Sunday there was a practice session open for all owners of Maseratis who wished to try out the track with their cars.

At Monza there will also be marketing and sales activities to promote the brand and the product range. It will be in perfect harmony and synergy with the Trofeo Maserati GranTurismo MC's philosophy, a series for gentlemen drivers who wish to race with a car derived from the one they drive every day.

The first round of the Trofeo Maserati GranTurismo MC will be held on 23 May in Monza.



Text and photos courtesy of Maserati

Newspress in the UK


Maserati GB was proud to support the Berkeley Dress Show, opening event of the London Season for over sixty years.

The Berkeley Dress Show, held this year at the Hurlingham Club on St. George’s Day, is the official opening of the London Season, chaired by Mrs David Hallam-Peel, which also features in its calendar the Queen Charlotte’s Ball. The Queen Charlotte’s Ball is a charity event founded over two hundred and fifty years ago by Queen Charlotte with the help of the debutantes of the time to raise funds for mothers and babies for the hospital later called Queen Charlotte’s Hospital; this year it will be held on Monday, September 13th, at the Treasury House of the Inner Temple.

The Berkeley Dress Show presented this year 34 debutantes. The young ladies, wearing head pieces by royal milliner John Boyd and dressed by eight of the best young, up and coming designers (all graduates from Central St. Martin’s and the London College of Fashion), were styled and choreographed by the London Season’s Creative Director Lukas Kroulik, who had enlisted the help of a team of 15 hair and make-up artists, led by Kenny Leung, who worked alongside fashion stylist Katie McDowall. All 34 debutantes appeared on a runway of which the new Maserati GranCabrio, in Bianco Eldorado (plain white) with Marrone Corniola (dark brown) interior, was the centrepiece.

The fashion show was preceded by a champagne reception that saw as guest of honour Her Highness Princess Olga Romanov. As the evening unfolded, guests were able to enjoy the performances of The Honourable Drummond Money-Coutts, founder of the Eton College Magic Society, and of The Jive Aces, Prince Philip’s favourite band. Over ten thousands pounds were raised during the evening, thanks to a charity auction for “Veterans-Aid”, an organisation which supports disabled soldiers.

As every year, the Berkeley Dress show ended with the traditional bride and groom procession. Groom Harry LLewellyn-Jones “arrived” on the catwalk in the Maserati GranCabrio to meet his bride Idina Moncreiffe of Moncreiffe, who looked stunning in her bridal gown by Elie Saab for Pronovias and jewels by Mikimoto.

Jim in the UK

"Hi Henry,

I’ve had an invite to the “unveiling” of the Grancabrio tomorrow at my local Dealer Graypaul here in Edinburgh.

I’m not sure if it will be of interest to you (I’ve been back through half a dozen Enthusiasts Pages and don’t see anything regarding it) but I’ll probably take a few pictures and wondered if you’d be interested?

I’ll send you all the footage I have with a view to letting you pick the most relevant shots.

A chap at the Garage told me that so successful has the anticipation of the new Grancabrio been, they only have seven left unsold for the rest of the year at this (the release) point. The remainder have already been sold. –regrettably I don’t have that figure.


















Paul in the USA

"Hello Enrico,

This is a must see for all our viewers......gave me a great insight into my Father's experience in the cockpit...!

A great video clip of the Maserati 250F in action at Hockenheim !!



Zwei verschiedene Perspektiven aus dem Maserati 250F Formel 1 Wagen. Aufgenommen am 5.4.10 in Hockenheim (Ostkurs) bei den BMC Einstellfahrten.

Two different perspectives of the Maserati 250F Formula 1 car. Taken on the 5th April 2010 at Hockenheim (East Course) during the BMC Einstellfahrten.

Maserati MC12s racing in the UK

Photo ©Maserati/Studio Mazzi

Hi Maseratisti,

Maserati will once again be challenging for the FIA GT F1 title on our home soil - Silverstone. Silverstone will once again be the setting for Round 2 of the FIA GT1 Championship, when the top teams will be competing for the historic RAC Tourist Trophy. This year the Maserati MC12s will be raced by the 2009 GT1 Champions Vitaphone Racing Team, and they will be joined on the sttarting grid by a new team Triple H Team Hegersport, with Belgian GT specialist Bert Longin and Italy’s former champion Matteo Bobbi teaming up to drive one of their Maseratis.

Competing for the 2010 GT4 European Cup will be the new Maserati GranTursimo MC GT4s, raced by Phoenix Corse, a racing team from Tenerife.

This is an opportunity for Maserati enthusiasts which is not to be missed, and with Sunday's advanced race tickets reasonably priced at only £21 ( £27 on the day! ), I can't think of a better way to spend your Sunday. This event, unlike some other motor racing events, is family friendly with FREE entry for children 15 and under. So why not bring the whole family along to support the racing Maseratis and let your children enjoy the thrill of watching their favourite marque competing out on the race track.

The Paddock will be open the the general public, so you can visit the Vitaphone Racing Team Fanshop to pick up a souvenir for the new season.

I will be there, courtesy of Maurizio AKA BigFoot, who has very kindly invited me along to join him and his family.

"Whether you're a supercar owner or a supercar fan, there's no finer way to see these beautiful creations being put through their paces, at one of the world's most historic and challenging race circuits.

Featuring the new FIA GT1 World Championship, along with the first round of the GT3 European Championship, there will be six one-hour races from these categories. Aston Martin, Corvette, Ferrari, Lamborghini, MASERATI, Porsche, Nissan and Ford: such evocative names, such beautiful cars, and all racing for ultimate glory at Silverstone.

The winners of the FIA GT1 World Championship will take home the historic and coveted Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy, which has in the past been won by such legends as Sir Stirling Moss, Graham Hill and Derek Bell.

2009 GT1 Champions Vitaphone Maserati will be hoping to continue their dominance of the class. As five-time team champions, they'll be hoping for a sixth successive team championship in 2010."

  • FREE Open Paddock
  • FREE Grandstand Seating
  • FREE Entry for Children 15 and Under
  • FREE Car Parking
  • Silverstone Radio on 1602MW
  • Giant Screen - View All of the Track Action
  • Trade Mall and Shops
  • Cafes/Bars and Food Outlets
  • Event Mobility

    SATURDAY TICKET - Saturday 01 May 2010


    SUNDAY TICKET - Sunday 02 May 2010


    WEEKEND TICKET - Friday 30 April - Sunday 02 May 2010

    ADVANCED TICKET £26 - This ticket is not available to purchase on the day.

    CAMPING - £25.



    If you pay by credit card or debit card, the delivery address must be the same as your billing address (the address your card is registered to). We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Please note we do not accept American Express and Diners credit cards. If you have a non-UK credit card you must call 0844 3728 260 to book your tickets.

    Fron Dougal in the UK

    "Hi Enrico,

    I have written some editorial about Pirelli’s Cinturato tyres that were original equipment on Maserati in the 50’s and 60’s.

    Pirelli Cinturato

    In the early Fifties the world of Sports cars was rocked by the introduction of the Pirelli Cinturato. The Cinturato moved boundaries forward as to what could be expected of a tyre as, until then the ‘Michelin X’ had been the only radial tyre. Michelin developed the ‘X’ to enhance tyre longevity using their new radial technology which considerably improved grip. Pirelli tailored this new technology to suit sports cars by developing the Cinturato which are more progressive.

    It was because of this new progressive radial technology that many of the World’s best cars fitted Cinturato as original equipment; Lancia, MG, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Morgan, Maserati and Lamborghini to name but a few.

    The Pirelli Cinturato brand is thriving today with a range of sizes in the CA67 tread-pattern (155HR15, 165HR400, 185VR15 and 185VR16).

    The 185VR16 Cinturato CA67 tyre is of particular importance early Maserati fans as it was the factory fitment for cars such as the 3500GT and the early Sebring and Mistral cars. Although earlier A6GCS cars might not have left the factory on the Cinturato because they were too early they are the ideal tyres for road and rally use with these cars. The last batch of these tyres has just run out and they will be back in production in June this year.

    Throughout the 60’s a lot of the world’s best cars (Ferrari 330, 500 Superfast, 365; ISO Rivolta and Grifo, Lamborghini 350 GT, 400 GT, Islero , Espada). Maserati also chose to use it for their range of cars. So in 1968 the Mistral changed to 15” wheels and the Sebring changed in 1969, both fitting the 205VR15 Cinturato fitting the same tyres as the 5000GT and Quatro Porte. Through the end of the 60’s all the new cars like the Mexico and Ghibli all fitted the 205VR15 Cinturato. It wasn’t until the introduction of the Bora that Maserati started to use 70% profile tyres, because the simply weren’t around till the early 70’s.

    This 205VR15 Pirelli Cinturato has not been available for Some considerable time now. It was at the end of the 60’s that the development of the 70 profile tyre happened, but for some time now all these cars have been forced to fit more modern tyres, which although they handle well are smaller in diameter. Which is why often when you look at these cars from the side the wheel arches look a little empty. For instance if your car fits a 205/70VR15 tyre instead of the original 205VR15 tyre, you are going to find it 4cm (nearly 2 inches) smaller in diameter.

    This 205VR15 tyre has just been remanufactured by Pirelli using Pirelli’s clever new up to date compounds to make sure we get excellent grip and all the tests have given excellent results.


    Available from Longstone Tyres.

    Web site:

    Tel:00 44 1302 711123.

    PLEASE NOTE: Free shipping world wide.


    The Pirelli Cinturato CA67 tyre

    The tread of the Pirelli Cinturato CA67 tyre

    Fron Nuno in Portugal

    "Hi dear Enrico,

    How are you doing?

    I wanted to share with you some photos of a trip I made in Italy. I visited two Italian cars “cathedrals” and one of the most amazing "museums" of Maserati. I recommend every Maserati and Ferrari lovers to make.

    I hope you like.

    Best regards,


    The Maserati Factory

    The Maserati Tipo 8CL engine

    "Hombre" - Home to the Panini Collection








    The famous Cavallino Restaurant




    The Farrari Factory

    The Ferrari Wind Tunnel


    Il Cavallino Rampante

    Michael Schumacher and Jean Todt celebrate victory!

    Tyre fitted to the Ferrari of Michael Schumacher (2003)

    Enzo Anselmo "Il Commendatore" Ferrari






    The Ferrari Enzo

    The Ferrari Enzo FXX

    Ferraris on the roads in and around Modena



    From Paul in Austria

    "Hi Henry,

    Hope everything fine with you, I send you a link from an interesting Shamal in The Netherlands:

    and some pics from my last skiing tour on the Arlberg last week, where I found this great Aston Martin.

    So, wish you health and best regards,


    The sensational Aston Martin DBR2









    From Graham in the UK


    I have checked and I also have the two welded nuts in the boot, and by coincidence mine is a Silver Ghibli Cup !!!

    I believe mine was the last RHD cup built number 211, could it be that these were originally intended to be race cars but as the series was cancelled in 1996 ended up being converted ?

    To have two cars with similar modifications, seems a bit too much of a coincidence ?



    From Bernard in France

    "Bonjour Enrico,

    j'espère que vous allez bien . Je vous informe que notre "Barchetta" a gagné la deuxième course du plateau sport-protos/saloon-cars, du week-end de Pâques, sur le circuit du Vigeant ( Val de vienne ).

    Voir commentaires sur le site FFSA.

    Voir notre blog:

    A bientôt. Sincères salutations.


    "Hello Enrico,

    I hope you are keping well. I would like to let you know that our "Barchetta" won the second race in the sport-prototype/saloon-cars class, over the Easter week-end, at the Circuit du Vigeant ( Val de vienne ).

    you can see a report on the web site of the FFSA.

    Check out the video on our blog:

    All the best. Sincere regards.







    From Anthony in the UK

    "Dear Enrico,

    Just for interest, here is my photo taken in the 50's of the Derby Maserati in the paddock at Silverstone at a VSCC meeting.

    Here is a photo of another Maserati (one of the hard-to-start kind!)that I took the same day as the Derby at Silverstone in the fifties, PLUS one that my father took of Count Lurani in the 30's, probably at Crystal Palace, near London.


    The Derby Maserati at Silverstone


    Count Lurani at the Crystal Palace circuit

    From Duncan in the UK

    "Hi Enrico,

    Just come back from a wonderful trip to Chamonix in the Maserati 228.

    Blasted it all the way down the Peage, up and down the Col de la Forclaz into Switzerland and lunch on the lake at Montreux.

    Back home via Paris, easy to drive through despite the rumours of 'Parisian drivers' (even had time to race a 750 Kwaka between red lights!!).

    What a pleasure to drive, all 1,350 miles !! All I have to do now is save up for the credit card bill to arrive, 7 tanks of fuel at Euro 1.45 a litre !

    Talk again soon.





    From Enrico in the UK

    "Hi Maseratisti,

    I spotted this series one Biturbo E with an unusual body kit on eBay in the USA.

















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