The champion without a crown. The Sir of Formula 1. Emblem of the golden years of Maserati in the tracks. Only surpassed by the outsized talent of Juan Manuel Fangio, whom fate crossed whimsically back in the 1950s and relegated the exquisite British pilot to an inevitable second place. Even so, Stirling Moss He was a great legend in the history of the highest category. And now, a few weeks after his disappearance, he arrives the first tribute of the Trident brand.
15 years after the appearance of his last sports car in the modern era, the MC12 back in 2004, Maserati It already has its new thoroughbred ready, a clear successor to that model that also includes a timely tribute to Stirling Moss. The house in Modena dedicated one of the prototypes of the brand-new MC20 to the British pilot, who wears a camouflage inspired by the Maserati Eldorado, a historic single-seater that Moss drove in 1958, on the Italian circuit of Monza, on the occasion of the “Trophy of Due Mondi ”.
Maserati he had everything ready to launch his new MC20 in May, but the advance of the coronavirus in Europe forced a rescheduling of its presentation for September. With this sports car, the Trident brand returns to its roots after several years. After the production of the MC12, of which it is estimated that 50 units were sold, which currently must exceed one million euros, the brand had focused on expanding its range to cover popular segments, such as the SUV, with its Levante model. ; and open up to a more general public with a sedan like the Ghibli.
The British pilot died on April 12 at the age of 90. And the Maserati tribute finished crystallizing precisely on May 13, the same day as in 1956 Stirling Moss won the Monaco Grand Prix on board the Maserati 250F (World Champion car that year with Juan Manuel Fangio), one of the British’s legendary triumphs. In addition to that iconic car, Moss also piloted the Maserati Type 60 Birdcage, Type 61 and 300 S.
During his successful career in Formula 1, Fangio’s former teammate participated in 66 Grand Prix and got 16 wins. Four times he finished the drivers’ world championship in second place, which is why he was always considered practically a champion. The champion without a crown.
The MC20 is the successor to the Maserati MC12, the last car in the house that achieved a world champion title (FIA GT1), a decade ago, in 2010. That sports car was equipped with a 632 CV atmospheric V12 engine. power, reached 330 km / h and achieved 0-100 km / h in 3.8 seconds. While data on the MC20 is not yet abundant, it is speculated that Modena’s new hypercar would have a V6 biturbo engine designed, developed and produced by Maserati, which would exceed 600 hp, and could even have a hybrid and an electric variant. Trident lineage is back. And that is always healthy.