With electrification having a big part in its future plans, Maserati will be joining the Formula E in 2023. The first Italian auto brand to join the all-electric single-seater championship, this will also be the first time Maserati will compete in international racing in over a decade.
Maserati is set to team up with STELLANTIS Motorsport. The Italian’s marque’s entry to the racing series is in time for the utilization of the new Formula E Gen3 cars. The Gen3 cars are said to be the fastest, lightest, and most efficient Formula E race car ever. As per Formula E, at least 40% of energy used in a race will be produced by means of regenerative braking in the next-gen Formula E race cars.
The Formula E Season 9 participation of Maserati will be the Italian marque’s first international motorsport campaign since the FIA GT Championship which Maserati dominated with the MC12. This new racing campaign also solidifies Maserati’s commitment towards electrification of mobility. In fact, all upcoming Maserati models will be available with full electric powertrain which include the Maserati Grecale, Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabrio, and the Maserati MC20 super sportscar.
“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,” said Maserati CEO Davide Grasso.
“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.”
Formula E founder and chairman Alejandro Agag shared he is proud to welcome Maserati to Formula E, citing the series as the Italian Marque’s new home in world-class motorsport.
“The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship is the pinnacle of electric racing. It provides the perfect environment for the most dynamic and innovative high-performance car brands to showcase their technological capabilities alongside their sporting ambitions,” said Agag.
Maserati joining Formula E is expected to give a positive impact to the series following the exit of Audi and BMW in the previous season with Mercedes ending its Formula E campaign by the end of this season.
The new FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem also expressed his happiness with Maserati’s motorsport return. “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.”
Mohammed Ben Sulayem, the new president of motorsport governing body the FIA, called Maserati’s entry “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 was first born on the race track. Its racing debut was 96 years ago with the Tipo 26 winning first place in its class at the 1926 Targa Florio. Thirty-one years later, Juan Manuel Fangio won the F1 World Championship with Maserati in 1957.
The last time Maserati participated in a single-seater race was quite memorable, too. It was with Maria Teresa De Filippis, the first woman to qualify for a Formula 1 Grand Prix, using a Maserati 250F.
Maserati had a long hiatus from racing in the 1970s. The brand had a few touring car racing appearance in the 80s, but Maserati’s next top-tier racing program, which was also it last, was with the FIA GT Championsip in which the Maserati MC12 bagged 22 race wins along with 12 championship titles from 2004 to 2010.
Now, ushering the new era in Formula E, Maserati is returning to its natural habitat by going back to its racing roots as the brand builds its electrified future.