Maserati announces the first step in its motorsport strategy and will make its debut in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in 2023.
Maserati is the first Italian brand to compete in Formula E. The combination of Maserati's racing heritage - a brand intrinsically linked with high-performance, and its innovative attitude towards electrification - aligns perfectly with the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the world's first all-electric road-racing motorsport series. The car maker's commitment to electric mobility will run at top speed with Folgore, the full electric range. All new Maserati models will also be available in 100% electric solutions including Maserati Grecale, Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabrio and the Maserati MC20 super sportscar.
Maserati will debut on the grid from Season 9 with the new Gen3, their fastest, lightest, most powerful Formula E racing car ever. The Gen3 is the world's most efficient racing car featuring a series of industry-leading design, production and technological innovations. For further information see the IDTechEx report on Electric Motors for Electric Vehicles 2022-2032.
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".
Jean-Marc Finot, Senior VP, STELLANTIS Motorsport, added: It is a great pleasure for STELLANTIS Motorsport to play a part in getting Maserati back in the Race. Beyond this piece of history, Maserati Formula E will be our technological laboratory to accelerate the development of high-efficiency electrified powertrains and intelligent software for our road sports cars. Formula E is the perfect Championship for this purpose and we are very proud to be the first Italian brand to join in."
Mohammed Ben Sulayem, FIA President: "I am delighted to welcome Maserati to Formula E for Season 9. For such an iconic manufacturer with a tremendously proud and successful heritage in motor sport to pledge its commitment to the series is testament to the overwhelming faith in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship's future as we prepare to usher in the next era. The new Gen3 single-seater will represent the pinnacle of sustainability, technology and performance."
Maserati's racing debut was 96 years ago. The first racing car to bear the Trident logo on the bonnet was the Tipo 26, which debuted at the Targa Florio in 1926, winning first place in the class up to 1.5 L, with Alfieri Maserati at the wheel. Thirty-one years later, Juan Manuel Fangio won the F1 World Championship with Maserati in 1957. 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, on board of a 250F.
Its 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.
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