Today, Maserati announces the first step in its motorsport strategy and will make its debut in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in 2023.
As the first Italian brand to compete in Formula E, this return to the track renews the racing roots and competitive spirit ingrained in the Maserati DNA.
The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the world’s first all-electric road-racing motorsport series, is perfect platform to showcase Maserati’s unrivalled racing heritage and dedication to electrification.
Maserati’s commitment to electric mobility takes center stage with Folgore — the brand’s new approach to electrification. It will represent a lightning surge of energy for Maserati with new models available in 100% electric solutions including Maserati Grecale, Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabrio and the Maserati MC20 super sportscar.
Maserati will debut on the grid in Season 9 (2023) with the new Gen3, the fastest, lightest, most powerful and most efficient Formula E racing car ever.
Since its inception, Formula E has brought dramatic racing to the streets of New York, Monaco, Berlin, Mexico City, London and Rome. This has driven advances in energy efficiency, battery range and powertrain development.
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 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”.
Jean-Marc Finot, Senior VP, STELLANTIS Motorsport, added: “It is a great pleasure for STELLANTIS Motorsport to play a part in getting Maserati back in the Race. Beyond this piece of history, Maserati Formula E will be our technological laboratory to accelerate the development of high-efficiency electrified powertrains and intelligent software for our road sports cars. Formula E is the perfect Championship for this purpose and we are very proud to be the first Italian brand to join in.”
Alejandro Agag, Founder & Chairman, Formula E, said: “We are proud to welcome Maserati to their 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.”
Jamie Reigle, CEO, Formula E, said: “We are delighted Maserati will join the Gen3 era of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship and play a defining role reimagining the future of motorsport. Formula E races in the heart of the most iconic cities in the world and is followed passionately by a progressive global audience. Our millions of fans around the world will be thrilled to see Maserati line up on the grid as one of the world’s elite electric car brands.”
Mohammed Ben Sulayem, FIA President: “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.”
Maserati was born on the track from audacity, first of the Maserati brothers, then of its drivers.
Its racing debut was 96 years ago. The first racing car to bear the Trident logo on the bonnet was the Tipo 26, which debuted at the Targa Florio in 1926, winning first place in the class up to 1.5 L, with Alfieri Maserati at the wheel.
Thirty-one years later, Juan Manuel Fangio won the F1 World Championship with Maserati in 1957.
The last time Maserati was seen in a single seater was with Maria Teresa De Filippis, the first woman to qualify for a Formula 1 Grand Prix, on board of a 250F.
Its very last appearance in racing was with the unprecedented MC12, which won 22 races (including 3 victories in the 24 Hours of Spa) and 14 Championship titles across Constructors’ Championships, Drivers’ Championships and Teams’ Championships in the FIA GT, from 2004 to 2010.
Racing has always been Maserati's natural habitat. Even now, with its new era in Formula E, Maserati is starting from its roots as it builds its future.