The iconic Italian marque is dipping its tires into electric open-wheel racing.
While our excitement surrounding the Maserati MC20 is still alive and well, the Italian company has raised our heart rates by officially confirming that it will be throwing its hat back into the motorsport ring by entering the very quickly up-and-coming Formula E World Championship in 2023. While it's not quite what Maserati is renowned for, the Italian brand assures that with the spirit of motorsport and pure competition rooted in its genes, this is a natural progression.
Beyond that, it states that this decision comes as a fresh renewal for the brand's racing spirit and that its unrivaled racing heritage aligns perfectly with Formula E. Just as importantly, this decision comes as the brand's commitment to electrification with fully electric options soon to be available for the Grecale, GranTurismo, and MC20.
The Italian company states that this competition provides the brand with the perfect platform to showcase its racing heritage alongside its future performance innovations. It will debut in the competition's ninth season with the new, third-generation car that has been described as the fastest, lightest, and most powerful example of Formula E racers yet.
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 ["electrification the Maserati way"] 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."
Maserati's racing culture was cemented when it first took to the track 96 years ago with the Tipo 26. Its debut at the Targa Florio in 1926 saw it claiming the top spot in the class up to 1.5-liters with company founder Alfieri Maserati at the wheel. It was last involved in track sporting when the MC12 won 22 races (including three victories in the 24 Hours of Spa) and 14 championship titles across Constructors' Championships, Drivers' Championships, and Teams' Championships in the FIA GT series, from 2004 to 2010.