Maserati pays tribute to Maria Teresa De Flippis, the first woman to qualify for an F1 race.
Of late, Maserati has been grabbing headlines with its first electric vehicle, the GranTurismo Folgore. It's arguably one of the prettiest EVs on the planet, but the Italian automaker still has a number of combustion-powered vehicles to keep purists happy with. Among them are the Maserati Ghibli sedan and the Levante SUV. The former is set to be killed off in 2024, along with the V8 engine, but until then, we have some new special editions of each to look forward to.
As an homage to Maria Teresa De Filippis, the first woman to qualify for a Formula 1 Grand Prix - a feat she achieved in a Maserati 250F - the Modena-based brand has created a new limited series called the F Tributo Special Edition.
The cars are available in two new exclusive colors: Arancio Devil and Grigio Lamiera. Arancio Devil is a "special saturated orange color," named to recall De Filippis' nickname, "the she-devil." The grey color, on the other hand, is inspired by the track.
In the Arancio Devil finish, the Levante F Tributo Special Edition gets 21-inch Anteo wheels, while the Ghibli F Tributo Special Edition gets 21-inch Titano wheels in a new Grigio Opaco color. Wheel rim details are highlighted in cobalt blue, as are the special badges on the fender and Trident logos on the C-pillar.
For vehicles finished in Grigio Lamiera, the wheels come in Glossy Black, while the various cobalt blue details come in an orange hue.
Inside, each car gets interior accents in cobalt blue with orange stitching on either black or orange PienoFiore (full-grain) leather. As usual, the quality of the finishes and the upholstery is outstanding, but as you've probably guessed by now, the powertrains are unchanged.
Pricing and availability have not yet been made available for the US market, but wherever these are seen, and whatever numbers they are sold in, these unique special editions are sure to turn heads, just like the trailblazing woman whose racing exploits inspired these cars.
In October 1955, De Filippis entered the 39th Targa Florio in a Maserati A6GCS, which she shared with Luigi Bellucci. She came home in ninth position overall and fourth in the 2.0-liter class. This success led her to challenge after challenge until she finally was able to compete in F1 in 1958. We look forward to seeing who follows her lead someday.