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MASERATI CELEBRATES THE V8 ENGINE AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED 2023

16 Jul 2023
  • Where will the Maserati GranTurismo Trofeo participate?
  • What are the feature and powertrain of the new electric model?

At the 2023 edition of Goodwood Festival of Speed, the annual celebration of motorsport and car culture, Maserati proudly shows two cars making their world debuts, the Ghibli 334 Ultima and Levante V8 Ultima.

This year sees the House of Trident pay homage to the final chapter of its iconic lineage of V8 engine-powered grand tourers, which have sold over 100,000 units since the launch of the Maserati 5000 GT in 1959.

The GranTurismo Trofeo in the Goodwood hillclimb

The GranTurismo Trofeo in the Goodwood hillclimb

To mark the upcoming end of production of the legendary 572-hp twin-turbo V8 engine, with the models themselves due to become collector’s items in the months ahead, Goodwood’s hallowed grounds will host the global debut of two special editions. The Ghibli 334 Ultima (the number denoting its top speed in kilometres per hour – thereby making it the current fastest internal combustion engine sedan in the world), and the Levante V8 Ultima. Together, they promise to captivate festival-goers in the First Glance Paddock, with the former also in action during the hillclimb.

Also taking part in the Goodwood hillclimb, the GranTurismo Trofeo, equipped with the roaring 542-hp V6 Nettuno engine. Its soul is the innovative pre-chamber combustion system, featuring twin spark plugs and derived from Formula 1.

Meanwhile, the Maserati area will be hosting the Maserati GranTurismo One Off Prisma, a proud expression of this car’s past and of the brand's ability to go further. Joining it will be a GranTurismo Folgore, so showgoers can fully appreciate everything about the Italian luxury marque’s first all-electric car, up close and personal.

The new electric flagship model features

The new electric flagship model features

The new electric flagship model features 800-volt battery technology developed with cutting-edge technical solutions derived from Formula E, endowing the svelte grand tourer four-seater coupé with the ability to travel up to 280 miles (450km) on a single charge, as well as top-up charging for 60 miles (100km) in just five minutes. It also boasts impressive performance, courtesy of three powerful 300-kW permanent magnet motors – one in the front, two in the rear – for a total installed power of over 1200 hp. It therefore delivers a maximum available power to the wheels of over 750 hp, at 1,350 Nm of torque.

The iconic GranTurismo’s lineage

The iconic GranTurismo’s lineage

The iconic GranTurismo’s lineage derives from the Maserati A6 1500 GT – the world’s first grand tourer, and at its heart continues to offer the same perfect blend of unique style, progressive technology and performance, all encased in a typically striking Italian body.

Located on the Festival’s Electric Avenue will be Maserati’s second full-electric model, the Grecale Folgore – the first mid-size luxury SUV on the market. Equipped with a 105-kWh battery using 400-volt technology and with a range of 310 miles (500 km*), it has been carefully designed to make every day exceptional. Designed and built in Italy, the Grecale

Folgore delivers the Trident’s trademark performance and luxury, providing 820 Nm of torque and more than 500 hp.

Rounding off Maserati’s presence at the event is another showstopper, the MC20 Cielo. Having made its UK debut last year at the festival with David Beckham, it returns once more to the iconic hillclimb, this time resplendent in Rosso Vincente. With its eye-catching design, outstanding weight-to-power ratio, carbon fibre chassis, retractable smart glass roof and powered by the F1-derived 621-hp V6 Nettuno engine, it will definitely turn heads over the four-day event.


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Gordon Murray Automotive reveals all T.50s commemorative names ahead of prototype global dynamic debut

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Gordon Murray Automotive reveals all T.50s commemorative names ahead of prototype global dynamic debut

Premium British vehicle manufacturer Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) has announced the 25 commemorative names to be paired with the 25 T.50s Niki Lauda chassis. Each of the track-only T.50s supercars will celebrate Gordon Murray’s rich racing heritage with their names commemorating the dates of his first 24 Grand Prix wins at different circuits, and a special endurance race victory.

Already allocated to their owners, each of the T.50s chassis is themed chronologically, starting with Murray’s first race victory – 1974 South Africa at Kyalami – and continuing with each subsequent win at unique locations: 1974 USA at Watkins Glen; 1975 Brazil at Interlagos; 1975 Germany at Nürburgring; 1978 Sweden at Anderstorp; 1980 Italy at Imola; 1980 Netherlands at Zandvoort; 1981 Argentina at Buenos Aires; 1982 Monte Carlo at Monaco; 1982 Canada at Montreal; 1983 Brazil at Rio; 1983 Italy at Monza; 1983 UK at Brands Hatch; 1984 USA at Detroit; 1985 France at Paul Ricard; 1988 Mexico at Mexico City; 1988 UK at Silverstone; 1988 Belgium at Spa; 1988 Portugal at Estoril; 1998 Spain at Jerez; 1988 Japan at Suzuka; 1988 Germany at Hockenheim; 1988 Hungary at Hungaroring; 1988 Australia at Adelaide; 1995 France at La Sarthe.

The news comes ahead of the global dynamic debut of the T.50s Niki Lauda prototype on 13 April at the UK’s Goodwood Motor Circuit. The first public outing for the T.50s prototype will headline the 81st Goodwood Members Meet where more than 15,000 track spectators will enjoy the first outing of the race-spec car revving through to its 12,100 rpm redline. The T.33 mule ‘James’ will also make its dynamic debut at the event marking the progress made by the GMA R&D team and enabling the public to hear the GMA.2 V12 engine for the first time.

The Goodwood event will celebrate the career of famed racer Niki Lauda – the 1970s and 1980s F1 driver whose name appears on every T.50s. Raising the occasion’s significance further, GMA will explain the unique connection between the T.50s and the iconic Brabham BT46B ‘Fan Car’ that Niki Lauda drove to a commanding victory at the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix.

Conceived by Gordon Murray during his 17-year tenure as Chief Designer at the Brabham Formula One team, the BT46B rose to instant iconic status due to Murray’s innovative addition of a ground-effect fan system. Having dominated and won its inaugural race at Anderstorp, Sweden in the hands of Niki Lauda, the model was withdrawn by Brabham to pacify other teams for the good of the championship.

Gordon Murray, CBE – Executive Chairman, Gordon Murray Group: “The dynamic debuts of the GMA T.33 mule and GMA T.50s XP1 mark an important milestone in the development of both supercars. I’m also proud that we will participate in honouring a man who was a one-of-a-kind racer and a great friend by showcasing the T.50s Niki Lauda at Goodwood. Additionally, revealing the 25 historically significant motor racing names for our track-only T.50s is the perfect way to celebrate a favourite event for me and the whole GMA team.”

GMA’s Dario Franchitti will present attendees with an insightful overview of the story of the BT46B and its significance in the design and engineering of the T.50 supercar and its track-spec T.50s sibling. The GMA team will also be joined by His Grace the Duke of Richmond who will take a tour of the Murray display of heritage race cars and modern-day GMA supercars.