The dust has now settled on the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed, one of the most magical motoring events on the planet, held in the verdant grounds of Goodwood House in the West Sussex countryside. A unique celebration of automotive design and engineering through the ages, the centrepiece of the four-day festival was, as always, the iconic Goodwood Hillclimb, where the thronging crowds got to see some of the world’s most impressive cars doing what they do best.
This year fans were given an extra special treat, witnessing the public dynamic debut of not one, but two new Maserati’s. Representing the breadth of Maserati’s line-up, the hill was lit up by the Grecale SUV as well as the stunning MC20 Cielo supercar; two very different body styles but united by the superlative craftsmanship, luxury design and outstanding performance that underpins every model that leaves Maserati’s renowned Modena factory.
The Maserati Grecale is the SUV that makes “everyday exceptional”, proving you don’t need to compromise on opulent design, cutting edge tech and intoxicating performance with an SUV bodystyle. It comes in three versions: GT, powered by a four-cylinder mild hybrid engine capable of delivering 300hp; Modena, with a four-cylinder 330hp mild hybrid engine; and Trofeo, powered by a high-performance 530hp petrol V6 based on the MC20 Nettuno engine. It was the Trofeo that took on the Goodwood Hillclimb at the Festival of Speed, demonstrating its blistering performance on the 1.16-mile route.
The MC20 Cielo – the spider version of the heavily lauded MC20 supercar – also took to the hill to demonstrate the very latest in Maserati design and engineering. A masterclass of innovation, the MC20 Cielo weighs just 65kg more than the coupé model and features an innovative retractable glass roof. The state-of-the-art electrochromic (smart glass) window can instantly be transformed from clear to opaque at the touch of a button on the central screen, courtesy of Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystal (PDLC) technology. It shares the coupé’s F1-derived V6 Nettuno engine, which ensures an exceptional power-to-weight ratio and means the MC20 Cielo launches from 0-62mph in less than 3.0 seconds and pushes onto a top speed of 199mph.
Among the 200,000-plus people to attend the Festival of Speed this year was Maserati Global Brand Ambassador David Beckham. An icon of world sport, philanthropist, businessman and style pioneer, Beckham shares Maserati’s admiration for technological innovations and for the best of Made in Italy design, making the partnership nothing short of symbiotic. Beckham arrived at Goodwood in typical style; piloting a Grecale Trofeo.