This is a restomod we can get behind.
Spearheaded by the new 2021 Maserati MC20 supercar, Maserati is entering a new era of electrification. The company already announced a Ghibli Hybrid, an all-electric version of the MC20, and many more models to come. Maserati's transformation should help it sell more cars in the years to come, but the brand does not want to abandon its more than 100-year heritage.
That is why Maserati Fuoriserie, the company's one-off program, just launched a new project that pays homage to an icon of the 1990s. The Fouriserie division calls it Project Rekall, a modernization of the Maserati Shamal. For those who have never heard of the Shamal, it was a boxy-looking coupe sold from 1990 to 1996 but never offered in the United States. The design was penned by Marcello Gandini, who is also the man responsible for the Lamborghini Countach. Only 369 were built in total.
Maserati Fuoriserie made a post on Instagram, giving a brief description of the project. The post reads, "Nov 2091, we're back in the streets of ModenaCity-One. The future that never was is happening before our eyes. Project Rekall is up and running, it's a drivable love letter to that specific chunk of Maserati's past that is so difficult to ignore. Sharp edges, box fenders, up-to-date technology and sci-fi taste is what's on the menu."
The post doesn't give any specifics about what would power Project Rekall, though based on the gauges shown in Maserati's renderings, we can assume this wouldn't be an EV restomod. Instead, we believe the Fuoriserie division would modernize the 3.2-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, which originally produced 322 horsepower and 318 lb-ft of torque.
The post goes on saying, "We want this to turn into reality, and we'll need your help to get there. So come along for the ride, join the resistance, help us make the hard choices and together we'll see it through to the end."
Since the company only showed renderings, we assume there is still a long way to go before Project Rekall is ready for customers. But as we've seen from other legendary automakers, creating factory restomod projects is a great way to tie a brand's past to the present.