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From Maserati in Italy

TROFEO MASERATI - Norbert Kiss dominates at Budapest


05-06-2011 - Budapest: Kiss is competing in the Team classification and has been head and shoulders above the others this weekend.

In Race 1 he beat off Cedric Sbirrazzuoli from AF Corse and Janos Vida, his fellow Hungarian from Auto 2 magazine, racing as a guest. The Team podium was rounded off by Emanuele Smurra, Swiss Team (11th overall). Over in the Trofeo, Vida edged out Nicolò Piancastelli and Sabino De Castro, in the Radio Monte Carlo car. As the two journalists will not be picking up podium points, these go to Piancastelli (the category winner), David Baldi and Gaetano Ardagna.

In the second race, Kiss cruised away after a series of quick laps. Behind him Phil Bastiaans (competing in the Team series) made up for the morning race when he had to pull out with a puncture. Third across the line was Romagna-based driver Piancastelli who collected another category victory and moves into second spot overall. In doing so he made up precious points on leader David Baldi, fifth across the line behind Venezuelan Ardagna.

Both races were run on a dry surface despite the heavy rain that came down and delayed Race 2. Fortunately, the fifty five thousand strong crowd who had turned out at the Hungaroring were not put off and stayed to support the home drivers Kiss, Vida, Bela Csziser and Anita Toth.

Andrina Gugger came out on top in the duel between the three women drivers. She beat Alessandra Neri and Toth in both events.

Norbert Kiss (Team, Norbert Kiss): “I know this track really well and this was a real advantage over the other drivers, some of whom had never competed here. It was an exceptional weekend. I managed to lap quickly and consistently and this allowed me to create a lead and cross the line alone”.

Nicolò Piancastelli: “I could not have wished to celebrate my birthday in a better way: two pole positions and two category wins. The only thing missing was the fastest lap time but this was because the local drivers showed us all how this circuit should be driven. Still, the important thing was the win and I achieved this. They were two tough races where I had to battle it out with Sabino De Castro and then Ardagna in the afternoon. It was difficult but I held out. I would like to thank Maserati for helping me so much, as well as my family and manager. They follow me everywhere and I was finally able to deliver a good performance in such an important championship”.

The fourth round in the Trofeo will be held at Spa, Belgium, on 26 June and will see the drivers going at it yet again. Driver interviews, photographs, videos and in-depth reports from the Maserati single-make series are available on the Maserati Corse website at A HREF="" TARGET="_blank">

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The Podium
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Driver's post race conference

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Norbert Kiss
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Norbert Kiss

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Nicolò Piancastelli
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Anita Toth and Béla Csiszer

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Janos Vida followed by Nicolò Piancastelli
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David Baldi followed by Gaetano Ardagna

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Alessandra Neri
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Béla Csiszer

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Emanuele Smurra
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Matteo Castiglioni

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David, Baldi, Cedric Sbirrazzuoli and Alessandro Chionna
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Maserati GanTurismo MC

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Maserati GanTurismo MC
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Maserati GanTurismo MC

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Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo
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Maserati GanTurismo MC

Race 1 - Trofeo
1. Janos Vida 41:39.059
2. Nicolò Piancastelli 41:57.031
3. Sabino De Castro 41:51.318

Race 1 – Team
1. Norbert Kiss (Norbert Kiss) 41:11.785
2. Cedric Sbirrazzuoli (AF Corse) 41:38.631
3. Emanuele Smurra (Swiss Team) 42:36.454

Race 2 - Trofeo
1. Nicolò Piancastelli 41:52.500
2. Gaetano Ardagna 41:53.374
3. David Baldi 42:01.065

Race 2 – Team
1. Norbert Kiss (Norbert Kiss) 41:08.133
2. Phil Bastiaans (Phil Bastiaans) 41:40.147
3. Emanuele Smurra (Swiss Team) 42:44.484

Trofeo classification
1. David Baldi – 73 points
2. Nicolò Piancastelli – 52 points
3. Gaetano Ardagna – 49 points

Team classification
1. AF Corse (Sbirrazzuoli/Chionna) - 67 points
2. Scuderia Jolly Club (Olivier Doeblin) – 48 points
3.Swiss Team (Smurra/Casè)– 42 points

Text and photo courtesy of the Maserati Media Center.

From Newspress in the UK



On the 6th of June 2011, Maserati proudly sponsored an exhibition of works by Italian Contemporary artists in the beautiful scenario of the Italian Embassy in Mayfair.

The Maserati Quattroporte, official car of the Italian Ambassador in London, took pride of place in front of the entrance along with a Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic and a Maserati GranCabrio: the perfect addition to the showcased art works.

The over 150 guests welcomed by the Italian Ambassador Alain Giorgio Maria Economides, enjoyed a pleasant evening surrounded by spectacular Italian art.

Maseratis in front of the Italian Embassy in London.

Text and photo courtesy of Maserati.

From The Auto Channel

Maserati Honoured at 2011 Mille Miglia - VIDEO FEATURE


MODENA, Italy - June 1, 2011:

At the 2011 Mille Miglia last month special homage was pai to Maserati as the participants paraded through the company's Modena HQ for the first time.

The cars entered the Maserati complex via the famous Viale Ciro Menotti 322 gate and then cruised past the redbrick buildings that house the production lines. These constructions date back to 1939 when the cars started to be produced here. This was when the company founded by the Maserati brothers in Bologna was bought by Adolfo Orsi and transferred to Modena.

The Mille Miglia drivers then left by Via Divisione Acqui, where the new offices were erected in 2002.

There were nine Maseratis among the 375 cars taking part:

• 113 Masaaki Kurihara/Atsuko Iwato in a 1948 Maserati A6GCS
• 114 Christian Dumolin/Philippe Woitri in a 1947 Maserati A6GCS 'Monofaro'
• 164 Yasuhiko Yamashita/Tatsushi Maruyama in a 1950 Maserati A6 1500 Pinin Farina
• 219 Mario Boglioli/Enrica Pezzia in a 1954 Maserati A6GCS
• 314 Roberto Gorni/Angela Grasso Maserati in a 1955 Maserati Tipo 150S
• 315 Paolo Berton/Lara Sonda Maserati in a 1955 Maserati Tipo 150S
• 316 Martin Sucari/Bruno Ricci in a 1954 Maserati A6GCS
• 359 José Albuquerque/Maria Bustorff in a 1956 Maserati A6G/54 Zagato
• 362 Renato Boni/Alberto Ferdenzi in a 1955 Maserati Tipo 150S

The crews were greeted by Ermanno Cozza, the curator of Maserati’s archive and participant in the 2007 and 2010 editions of the Mille Miglia in a Maserati 200SI driven by Antonio Alberoni.

Maserati appeared in the original Mille Miglia on many occasions in the past and claimed numerous category wins.


Keep an eye out for the affable Sig. Ermanno Cozza, of the Archivio Storico Maserati, handing out "Maserati Goody Bags" as the participants pass through the factory gates.

From Enrico in the UK

Sports Car Racing in the South


On May 14th 2011, author and Maserati historian, Willem Oosthoek chose the Texas Sports Car Reunion in West Fort Worth, Texas, for the official launch of his new book on Sports Car Racing in the South. The event took place at Soldier Creek Ranch, owned by former SCCA exec and race driver J. David Jones and his wife Sherri.

Published by Dalton Watson Fine Books, this highly entertaining book details the history of sports car racing in the Southern United States, featuring the top echelon of European sports cars that until now has long been unexplored territory. With the exception of the Sebring 12 Hours, the meets were largely ignored by the national press, and no comprehensive research material is available for the numerous events organized between Texas and Florida, when amateur competition surged in the late 1950s. Yet, the South offers a rich road racing history, often fueled by wealthy oilmen from Texas and Oklahoma.

Many of the events were hosted on airport courses where late-model Ferraris, Maseratis, Jaguars, Porsches, OSCAs and Climax-engined cars such as Lotus, Cooper and Elva did battle with American V8-powered vehicles, both Corvettes and homebuilt Specials. This book, the first of a series of three, offers a race-by-race account of all 1957 and 1958 Southern events, from Novice Races to the weekend-ending Features competition.

Willem has scoured local newspapers of the period for race reports and results and interviewed many of the drivers, mechanics and owners that were involved in the competitions. He provides an exhaustive report of the time, vividly illustrated by period photographs, many from the archives of Bob Jackson, the acclaimed press photographer.

Residing in Weddington, North Carolina, Willem Oosthoek is a retired international banker and a lifelong Maserati aficionado. As historian of The Maserati Club in the US he has written numerous articles for its magazine 'Il Tridente'. His articles have also been published in Vintage Motorsport, VintageRacecar Journal, Motor Sport, Prancing Horse, Der Dreizack and Sports Car International. Oosthoek’s 2004 book Birdcage to Supercage, and the 2008, The Magnificent Front-engined Birdcages, written with Michel Bolleé, are the defining history of the Maserati Birdcage racing cars. He is a recognized authority on the subject of competition Maseratis, often consulted by private owners, museums and auction houses.

The book is produced in portrait format (330 mm x 240 mm) containing 264 pages. Hardback with dust cover, it contains 343 black and white, and 121 color photographs. Priced at around US $125/ GB £80.


Among the attendees were Sandy and Jim Hall, seen here with
Bob Schroeder, who three days earlier celebrated his 85th birthday.

Glenna Lamb, who was married to the late race driver Ed Lamb, and Bill Janowski,
well known for the car he built and raced: the Janowski Special, later renamed the 'Monsterati'.
It is still a regular entry at the Monterey Historics.

Dallas Chevrolet dealer, and Corvette and Jaguar/Chevy racer Delmo Johnson had a great time at the Reunion.
He does not show up in Volume One of the Southern book, since his first race appearance only came in 1959.

Coming down from Oklahoma was Enus "Sonny" Wilson, who raced a Corvette
and various Maseratis (including two Birdcages) around the Southwest.
Enus' last race came at Sebring in 1964, racing a Chevy-powered Iso Corsa with Bill McLaughlin.

Frank Lance was also at the event thats John Matlack next to Frank.
In his days Frank Lance wrenched for a number of different teams: Jim Hall, Ebb Rose and A.J. Foyt.

Just like in the good old days: photographer Bob Jackson,
Jim Hall, Sandy Hall, Bob Schroeder, Frank Lance and Delmo Johnson.
From Jaime currently based in Italy

The Maserati GT Garbin Concept


The Maserati GT 'Garbin' is a design study of what it can be the future for the Maserati Gran Turismo. The authors are the graduated from the Politecnico di Milano Jaime Cervantes, Andrea Coccia, and Chetan Rajput. The Maserati GT 'Garbin' is the project thesis of the students Jaime Cervantes (Mexico), Andrea Coccia(Italy) and Chetan Rajput(India)during the Master in Transportation and Automobile Design at the Politecnico di Milano.

The project was sponsored by FIAT Group, so the brief was to use the same platform of the current Maserati GranTurismo which includes the V8 engine and all the mechanical parts.


As part of the “Trident Legacy” we were influenced by the strong lines of the Maserati Ghibli (1967-1973) without the target of making a “retro design”. The name Garbin, was took from a west summer wind that occurs in Italy.

From fashion design was took like a symbol of elegance the Armani Collection Privé 2010, which use discontinues shapes and overlay luminescent fabrics, translating that inspiration in solid surfaces gives the effect of been “floating” (like in The Opera theatre of Valencia, by Calatrava), Topic also seen on the interior, full of the high tech and premium materials.


The Body was made with overlay surfaces and “floating elements” where the structure and the surface became one stronger element, spicing this ideas with luminescent materials and backlighting surfaces. The same concept was used to develop the interior in which the view is dominated by the surface that connect the door panels to the dashboard, been also the connection between the interior and the exterior, using as “joint” element the engine window.


Jaime Cervantes graduated from the Masters course in Transportation Design at the Politecnico di Milano, with experiences in OEM companies and a Degree in Industrial Design from the Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes in Mexico.

Andrea Coccia graduated from the Master in Transportation Design at the Politecnico di Milano, with experience on 3D modeling and virtual prototyping and an Architecture degree in Italy.

Chetan Rajput graduated from the Master in Transportation Design at the Politecnico di Milano, with experience on 3D modeling and virtual prototyping and an Engineering degree in India.

Designers: Jaime Cervates, Andrea Coccia and Chetan Rajput

Designers: Jaime Cervates, Andrea Coccia and Chetan Rajput

Designers: Jaime Cervates, Andrea Coccia and Chetan Rajput

Designers: Jaime Cervates, Andrea Coccia and Chetan Rajput

Designers: Jaime Cervates, Andrea Coccia and Chetan Rajput

Designers: Jaime Cervates, Andrea Coccia and Chetan Rajput

Designers: Jaime Cervates, Andrea Coccia and Chetan Rajput

Designers: Jaime Cervates, Andrea Coccia and Chetan Rajput

Designers: Jaime Cervates, Andrea Coccia and Chetan Rajput

Designers: Jaime Cervates, Andrea Coccia and Chetan Rajput

Designers: Jaime Cervates, Andrea Coccia and Chetan Rajput

All images and text courtesy of Jaime Cervantes.

From Classic & SportsCar in the UK



"How to buy a Biturbo".

The August 2011 issue of Classis & SportsCar will contain an article featuring a Buyer's Guide for the Maserati Biturbo.

With a Merak-inspired, twin-turbo V6 engine driving the rear wheels and a sumptuous interior, has the time finally come for this underappreciated modern classic?

Well you can can read all about their verdict in the August issue. Order your copy now !!

From Newspress in the UK



La Martina and Maserati together: polo and motors, elegance and horsepower. But what they really have in common is the passion for competition, the desire to achieve the best possible results in terms of sport, technique and design.

For this reason the Argentinean company, which specialises in the design of polo equipment and clothes and the Modena-based luxury automotive manufacturer have decided to join forces, and the result of their collaboration is a limited edition polo shirt, featuring their respective logos and something more. On the La Martina for Maserati polo shirt, a faithful replica of the Maserati Polo Team official shirt, the Italian flag is featured along the front placket as well as on the under collar: a tribute to the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy which is celebrated this year.

The La Martina for Maserati limited-edition polo shirts are available in just two colours (white and navy blue) and are on sale at La Martina stores worldwide, as well as online at


Available in just two colours, white and navy blue, the exclusive La Martina for Maserati limited edition polo shirt is made of 100% cotton and features embroidered logos of both La Martina and Maserati on the front, while the Italian flag features on the under collar and along the front placket. On sale at La Martina stores worldwide and online at at a price of £164.43 (189 Euros) plus P&P.


Jodie Kidd wears the La Martina for Maserati polo shirt...







Text and photos courtesy of Maserati

From Coen in The Netherlands

Maserati V6 24-valve engine in 3D


"Hi Enrico,

I'm a 23 year old mechanical engineer, and student master of Automotive Technology at TU/e.

Now I've done some automotive projects in the past, and I just started a new project I thought you guys might like.

I've just bought a Maserati 2 liter 24-valve Biturbo engine. As I strip it down I will translate all the parts to 3D using Solidworks.

I will probably end up modifying something as I see fit, and after that I will repaint/replate the various parts and rebuild the engine. I will keep a blog reporting progression and maybe some calculation results.

Inevitably, I will have to design the vehicle it will power too, but I'll deal with that later. ;)

Drawing parts in 3D with enough accuracy to use it for engineering purposes is quite time consuming so there might be some time between posts.

The link to the blog is:

If you think you or your followers may like it you can post it on you website.



The V6 24-valve intake manifold


The throttle body

From Maserati in Italy

Maserati launches the
Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK Middle East


17-05-2011 - Dubai

Today marks a new date in the history of motorsport in the Middle East as Maserati launches the Maserati Trofeo one-make racing championship in the region. The series is backed by the Maserati factory in Modena, Italy and will feature up to 16 mechanically-identical Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo race cars battling it out over 12 races across the Middle East.

This spectacular championship is set to visit the most prestigious racing circuits around the region with races planned to take place at Formula One tracks in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain as well as Qatar's Losail Circuit and the Dubai Autodrome in the UAE.

Gentlemen drivers from across the Middle East are able to sign up for the 'arrive-and-drive' championship. The cars are supplied and maintained by Maserati to ensure identical performance across the grid. The Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo has already proved its race capabilities in the region after two cars were entered into the 2010-2011 UAE GT Championship and secured three race victories out of a total of six podium finishes.

The Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo is the racing version of the GranTurismo road car. The race car's set up is tuned for the track use, keeping the optimal weight balance of the road-going car. It is powered by a 488bhp 4.7-litre V8 engine which drives the rear wheels through a paddle-shift gearbox which is able to change gears in just 60milliseconds.

Packages on offer to drivers allow them to compete individually or in a pair for the season. All- inclusive costs range from $135,000 to $145,000 depending on the options chosen. The packages include the logistical management of the car, technical assistance at the circuit, a Maserati Trofeo race suit and VIP hospitality for driver and guests.

The formula for each race weekend will consist of two free practice sessions lasting 40 minutes, two qualifying sessions of 20 minutes and two races of 30 minutes duration.

Umberto Cini, Managing Director of Maserati Middle East & Africa, is looking forward to the championship. "The launch of the Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK Middle East is extremely important for the company, as it's the first time we offer the Trofeo outside its home in Europe. With full support from the factory, we believe the Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK Middle East offers a unique platform for drivers in the region who are looking for a competitive championship racing with the exclusive benefits of racing with a brand like Maserati."

Cheerag Arya, CEO of JBF RAK, had this to say of the championship. "We are very happy to be part of this exciting new milestone for Maserati. As an exclusive brand, Maserati is recognised for its prestigious cars and we look forward to the arrival of the Trofeo Championship to the Middle East."

The Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK Middle East is set to debut in November 2011, with races taking place throughout the winter months into early 2012.

To find out more about the Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK Middle East championship please e-mail

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Text and images courtesy Maserati Media Center.

From Maserati Corse in Italy

Sbirrazzuoli and Gai win at Monza
Baldi extends his overall lead


15-05-2011 - Monza: Cedric Sbirrazzuoli and Stefano Gai came out on top in this second round of the Trofeo Maserati GranTurismo MC. This weekend’s action took place at Monza and saw nineteen crews from seven countries competing.

The AF Corse driver from Monaco claimed an important win in the special Team classification to go with his overall victory. Behind him in Race 1 came David Baldi, Venezuelan Gaetano Ardagna and twenty year-old Swiss driver Andrina Gugger. Baldi - Ardagna - Gugger was also the podium order in this morning’s race. In the event, the drivers chose to go with slick tyres with the track still a bit damp from the rain that had come down during the night. The conditions explained the unusual start with the pack following the Safety Car around for the opening three laps.

In Race 2, one held on a dry surface, it was straight into the action as the cars bunched going into turn one. Coming out best was Gaetano Ardagna as he pinballed into the lead. The afternoon race was an eventful one with Stefano Gai eventually taking the win. Victory came on his home track after he had secured two pole positions and after retiring from Race 1 following a collision. Second across the line was Ardagna with David Baldi claiming third, a finish good enough to see him consolidate his championship lead. Fourth went to Niccolò Piancastelli who edged out Manuel Villa after he was hit with a drive-through.

In the Team standings, Olivier Doeblin (8th overall) claimed top spot for Scuderia Jolly Blu in Race 2. Next came Alessandro Chionna (10th overall) after his effort was compromised by drive-through for exceeding the track speed limit. Taking the last podium spot was Marcel Pawlicek (12th overall). Thanks to the points won by Sbirrazzuoli and Chionna, AF Corse now command in the Team championship. Second are Jolly Blu after nudging Swiss Team into third.

Jimmy Ghione, a Trofeo Maserati guest, finished Race 1 in tenth but was forced to pull up in the afternoon event.

Stefano Gai: “I was on pole twice and won a race; not bad for a round that was run on my home circuit and in front of friends and sponsors. I had to retire in Race 1 after clashing with Lorenzo Casè but in a tough second race I was always up there with the leaders. I clipped Casè again and lost some ground but I didn’t fold. I stepped on the gas, caught Ardagna and then Baldi to take the chequered flag”.

David Baldi: It was a marvellous weekend. I knew things would be hard at Monza after the fine results at Imola. A first and a third place is a great return, especially as I lead the championship. The Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo was exceptional; we only suffered from a little bit of tyre wear.

Round three in the Trofeo will be held on 5 June at Budapest, Hungary. During the Monza weekend, Maserati organised activities to promote the brand and involve its clients. Driver interviews, photos, videos and in-depth articles on Maserati’s single-make series are available on the Maserati Corse website (

Race 1 - Trofeo
1. David Baldi 41:54.294
2. Gaetano Ardagna 40:58.145
3. Andrina Gugger 40:59.190

Race 1 - Team
1. Cedric Sbirrazuoli (AF Corse) 40:51.805
2. Olvier Doeblin (Scuderia Jolly Club) 41:26.757
3. Marcel Pawlicek (Marcel Pawlicek) 41:37.183

Race 2 - Trofeo
1. Stefano Gai 40:07.698
2. Gaetano Ardagna 40:09.582
3. David Baldi 40:15.181

Race 2 - Team
1. Olivier Doeblin (Scuderia Jolly Club) 40:57.936
2. Alessandro Chionna (AF Corse) 41:41.577
3. Marcel Pawlicek (Marcel Pawlicek) 41:09.127

Trofeo classification
1. Davi Baldi – 54 p
. 2. Stefano Gai – 37 p.
3. Gaetano Ardagna – 30 p.

Team classification
1. Sbirrazzuoli/Chionna (AF Corse) - 50 p.
2. Olivier Doeblin (Scuderia Jolly Club) – 48 p.
3. Lorenzo Casè (Swiss Team) – 26 p.

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Cedric Sbirrazzuoli
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Stefano Gai

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Jimmy Ghione

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Stefano Gai
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David Baldi

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van Basso, Andrea Bertolini, Giuliano Razzoli
and the Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo

All images courtesy of Maserati Media Center.

From Zhdan in France



"Hello Enrico,

I recently bought a Ghibli II 2.8l Swiss version from June 2004, I’m only the third owner and live in France. In good shape with 115,000 Km, however I do have some questions:

1. Active suspension intermittently blinking red light:

Every 30 seconds or so the red light blinks rapidly for 2 to 3 seconds; the previous owner told me this was normal and shows the system is working. The documentation says malfunction is when the red light stays on, which is not the case. I don’t seem to feel much difference when going from 1-4 hardness in the suspension. In your blog you wrote:

"Usually, when a shock is faulty, the red light comes on permanently. Because yours is intermittent, and because it seems to be coming on in a timed sequence, this would suggest that the unit is in diagnostic mode."

Can you please show exactly how this diagnostic mode works, and where exactly the cable is that needs to be unplugged? Do you have a more detailed description of the diagnostic mode?

2. Maybe linked to 2, but when I changed the car radio, and noticed that inside the radio compartment there was one unplugged wiring consisting of a yellow and black wire with a white plastic clip (not related to radio) that is not connected to anything. Do you know what that is and what it’s for?

3. My battery is around 13v or one notch lower when the engine is running, sometimes above, but when the car is not used, when I start in the morning it’s only slightly higher than 11 V. Is that normal? Also the clock which is connected to the battery sometimes stops – I suspect this may be when voltage is too low. If this is not normal, can you recommend a procedure for detecting where there might be a current leaking? The battery was changed 3 years ago, but the car was not used often. I use it every day now. Can you provide some guidelines how to check for the power leaks or short circuit (or is there a typical one to check that is known and that may be the probable cause?)

4. The trunk holds open, but when I close it, it falls down. Does this mean I need to replace the pistons that slows down closing, and can I use any standard part? Also it doesn’t lock in properly when closed. Although it holds, you can push it up and down half a centimetre. The previous owner already had to replace the magnetic holder / opener.

5. Oil pressure: is on 2.5 when idling and 5 when running under pressure, however once engine is really in running temperature, then oil pressure at idling can be a notch lower than 2.5, and pressure between 3-4000 RPM a notch lower than 5. Oil level is ok – is that fine?

7. Handbreak (yes again): Yes mine holds approximately on the very last click. I always read you can tighten the wire, but nowhere does it say how to access it to tighten it. Do you have to take out the central compartment behind the hand break lever to access? Is that wiring something a layman can replace alone (like on a bicycle?)

8. Air conditioning: A. is there a way to fix the squeeking / chirping sound of the ventilator when it runs? B. It works well, however it’s always running the compressor even if I’m in Auto and then press Econ. Only when I press Stop and then Econ does it stay without cooling compressor. But then I can only set fan speed on one or two but not the third speed. Looks like the electronics is slightly malfunctioning – or is there something disconnected or that I can fix easily?

9. I would like to make a contribution to the community on the Car radio power plug color-coding, because the color coding on my Ghibli had red and orange inverted:

Maserati original:

Red: Switched power. Modern plug same Orange: costant power; modern plug: for dimmer light Blue: trigger antenna; modern plug same Yellow: for dimmer light; modern plug: constant power Black: ground

Only for information: the modern plug also has a blue white wire which is for amp on off.

Special Note: I got an Alpine radio, and it didn’t turn on until I discovered with the radio shop that orange and yellow were inverted. The constant power line only serves for the car radio memory, and must also be connected even if you only want the radio to turn on when you turn the starter key. Unfortunatly I can’t see the original color coding for the speakers because the plug is too deep inside the compartment with extension wires added to them that all have the same colors.

Do you have a copy of the Ghibli II repair manual CD, would you be able to share/send it to me?

Many thanks for your help.


Zhdan's 2.8-litre Ghibli M.Y.94


From Jim in Scotland



"Hi Enrico,

I have a reply I would be grateful if you could publish for Zhdan from France’s M.Y.94 issues;

Hello Zhdan,

Congratulations on your recent purchase and welcome to the family! What a lovely example you have; original wheels in great condition and a lovely interior!

I will endeavour to form a response to every query you have listed, but at this point I will answer just a few immediately...

3. Battery.

The voltage gauges are notoriously vague- you should notice it drop when your radiator fans come on? Of all the instruments, you should take the voltage gauge with a pinch of salt, however the voltage upon start up that you describe does sound a little low and could be indicative of the voltage regulator section of the alternator failing.

With a multimeter on Volts DC, you should be able to see a good 14V at the battery when the car is running.

Also, to check for a current leaking problem; WITH THE CAR TURNED OFF, disconnect the battery positive lead and change the leads in the sockets in your multimeter to be able to read Inline Current measurement on mA (milliamps) and touch one probe to the battery, and the other to the disconnected positive lead. If there is a residual current draw (the alarm and stereo should pull something) you will see a value here. Record the value and if possible disconnect the stereo and alarm to further isolate and clarify a reading.

4 Trunk/Boot.

The operation you describe of the trunk is normal. You can just let them slam which is a bit aggressive (hand built cars, you know?!) or, as I do, lower it and drop it the last few inches which will be enough to engage the lock. The movement described when shut is entirely normal.

5 Oil Pressure.

This is perhaps the most worrying thing. You should get a full (almost) 5 bars which will only roll off with temperature slightly. Motorway speeds would bring it up further. It is conceivable that the oil pickup is slightly blocked- not something I’ve ever heard of, but it would only require the sump pan to be removed to check; however I’d start with the oil pressure sender which is fitted on the side of the mount for the oil filter. 7 Handbrake.

This is adjusted from under the car from the back. There are adjustment nuts on threaded rods which are above the exhaust and driveshaft. It’s quite tricky to get to, but I have good photography of them. I would say- having seen this done- that it is definitely a garage task. You need “crow feet” spanners to access the nuts.

8 Air Conditioning.

What you describe here, regarding the operation (not noise) of the AC plant, is entirely inline with my own experiences. I had to replace the AC control panel shortly after I got my car, (for an unrelated fault) with a new one and it behaved exactly as you describe. Having kept the original unit and having opened it to reveal it’s secrets I noticed it had a removeable PROM chip to manage it. Examining the factory supplied new control unit revealed a similar chip, but with an earlier serial number. The two chips were swapped and the new unit has behaved ever since!

I’ll get some pictures to flesh this out...





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