With motorsport in its genes and rooted in the spirit of pure competition, Maserati was a name synonymous with top-level racing in the 1950s, when Juan Manuel Fangio claimed two Formula 1 Drivers’ Championships behind the wheel of a trident-baring thoroughbred.
Now, the Bologna based company makes a return to motorsport, after it was recently announced they will launch a Formula E team ahead of the 2023 season.
Becoming the first Italian manufacturer to compete in Formula E, this announcement heralds a new era for Maserati, with the brand’s full electric range – Folgore – on the horizon. All new Maserati models will be available in 100% electric solutions including Maserati Grecale, Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabrio and the Maserati MC20 super sportscar.
Providing the Italian brand with the perfect platform to demonstrate their commitment to electric solutions, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will allow the marque to showcase their technological capabilities and carry over expertise to their road sports cars.
Davide Grasso, Maserati CEO, commented: “We are very proud to be back where we belong as protagonists in the world of racing. We are powered by passion and innovative by nature. We have a long history of world-class excellence in competition, and we are ready to drive performance in the future.” Grasso continued: “In the race for more performance, luxury, and innovation, Folgore is irresistible, and it is the purest expression of Maserati. That’s why we decided to go back to racing in the FIA Formula E World Championship, meeting our customers in the city centers of the world, taking the Trident forward into the future”.
Since their racing debut 96 years ago, with the Tipo 26, Maserati has had a number of significant motorsport highlights. The last time Maserati was seen in a single seater was with Maria Teresa De Filippis, the first woman to qualify for a Formula 1 Grand Prix, in a 250F.
Maserati’s very last appearance in racing was with the unprecedented MC12, which won 22 races (including 3 victories in the 24 Hours of Spa) and 14 Championship titles across Constructors’ Championships, Drivers’ Championships and Teams’ Championships in the FIA GT, from 2004 to 2010.
Racing has always been in Maserati’s blood. Even now, with its new era in Formula E, Maserati is starting from its roots as it builds its future.