Maserati, an Italian luxury sports car manufacturer, has opted to compete in the Formula E racing championship, which is the only motor racing platform that allows electric cars to compete. Maserati aims to compete in Formula E as the first Italian marque starting in 2023.
The Italian manufacturer confirmed on Monday that it will compete in Season 9 with the new Gen3, which it claims is the quickest, lightest, and most powerful Formula E racing vehicle ever. The Gen3 has a top speed of 320 kilometres per hour.
Maserati made their racing debut 96 years ago. The Tipo 26, which debuted at the Targa Florio in 1926 and won first place in the class up to 1.5 litres, was the first racing vehicle to feature the Trident badge on the hood. Maserati CEO Davide Grasso stated, "We are ecstatic to be back where we belong as racing's main protagonists. We are driven by our passion for what we do and are naturally creative. We have a long history of world-class competitive prowess, and we are eager to push performance even farther in the future."
"Folgore is irresistible in the drive for more performance, luxury, and innovation, and it is Maserati's purest embodiment." That's why we've returned to racing in the FIA Formula E World Championship, visiting our consumers in the world's cities, and bringing the Trident forward into the future," Grasso said.
According to Formula E boss Alejandro Agag, was "probably one of the finest days in the history of the sport." "Having a brand as famous as Maserati, with its racing tradition... join the electric revolution that we're driving is truly a great moment for Formula E," he added. Mahindra from India, Nissan from Japan, Jaguar from the UK, Porsche from Germany, Stellantis-owned DS from France, and Nio from China will all compete in the competition next year. Grasso assured that specifics about Maserati's participation would be released soon.
"Formula E will be our technology laboratory to expedite the development of high-efficiency electric powertrains and sophisticated software for our road sports cars," said Jean-Marc Finot, Stellantis' motorsport head.