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FORMULA E COMES TO ROME

17 Jul 2023

From Friday 14 to Sunday 16 July, rounds 13 and 14 of the racing series dedicated to all-electric cars will take place in Rome, which welcomes the penultimate event of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, now in the closing stages of Season 9.

Already the setting for pitched battles on the Circuito cittadino dell’EUR in the last four seasons, the eternal city is the only Italian stage in this season's calendar. For the first time, the two single-seaters from the Maserati MSG Racing team will line up on the Italian grid, with drivers Maximilian Günther and Edoardo Mortara flying the flag for the Trident.

The 2023 Hankook Rome E-Prix

The 2023 Hankook Rome E-Prix

The 2023 Hankook Rome E-Prix is one of the most hotly anticipated races among fans and drivers alike; from the early afternoon on Friday, the visors will be down for a gruelling and exhilarating contest. One of this season's longest circuits, it is designed around the imposing, early 20th century monuments in the EUR district, most notably the iconic Colosseo quadrato.

After delivering excellent performances in the Berlin and Jakarta stages – with two podium placings and a historic victory in Indonesia – and having picked up points in Portland, Maserati is seeking further success in its home race. In the meantime, it is getting ready to turn heads off the track with a series of activities scheduled over the weekend.

After the pre-event round table aimed at exploring the transfer of technology from the racetrack to the road – where Formula E is a benchmark platform for the development of next-generation production cars – on Saturday and Sunday invited journalists will be taken on exclusive hot laps aboard the GranTurismo Folgore, the extraordinarily high-performance coupé with 800-volt technology, for a unique and hair-raising experience along the same roads contested by drivers in the highest category of electric motorsport.

The word on everybody's lips at the event in Rome will therefore be Folgore, which means “lightning” and has come to symbolise Maserati's future production. In addition to being the name of the Trident brand’s speedy GEN3 single-seater, it also identifies the entire all-electric range, with the GranTurismo Folgore and Grecale Folgore being the first fully electric models from the Modena-based automaker.

The Maserati Tipo Folgore GEN3

The Maserati Tipo Folgore GEN3

On Friday evening, a light show will be staged to coincide with the Italian round of this season's Formula E Championship, featuring video projections and mapping on the façade of the Palazzo dei Congressi. At the foot of this imposing building, Maserati will be showcasing a Grecale Folgore, the icon of comfort in e-mobility, alongside the GranTurismo One-Off Luce, a statement of innovation and sustainability with its Folgore all-electric motor. Last but not least will be the Maserati Tipo Folgore GEN3 single-seater, providing an up-close glimpse of the car that will battle it out on the streets of Rome this weekend.

During the home stage, a tribute to the year of Maserati’s electrification will feature on the helmets of the Trident team's two drivers, which are customised in the same Rame Folgore colour as the brand’s all-electric coupé and SUV, a detail which is sure to delight enthusiasts of the brand that epitomises luxury on four wheels.

Fans of the Trident brand will also be able to enjoy the 2023 Hankook Rome E-Prix from a stand dedicated to them, together with some of the brand’s employees from Modena, who will be taking part in the home stage to support Maserati in its first Formula E race on Italian soil.

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ASTON MARTIN VALKYRIE AMR-LMH HYPERCAR HITS THE TRACK

24 Jul 2024
ASTON MARTIN VALKYRIE AMR-LMH HYPERCAR HITS THE TRACK

The new Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR-LMH has hit the track for the first time, as Aston Martin with The Heart of Racing begins a comprehensive testing programme ahead of the British ultra-luxury sportscar brand’s bid to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans outright next year and for the first time since 1959.

The new Hypercar, developed by Aston Martin Performance Technologies and works team The Heart of Racing, completed a shakedown and initial evaluation testing in the UK this week, The car was driven by Aston Martin High Performance development driver Darren Turner (GBR), The Heart of Racing’s Mario Farnbacher (DEU) and Harry Tincknell (GBR), who won the LMGTE class of the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans with Aston Martin.

Aston Martin with The Heart of Racing will now commence a full development schedule to prepare the car ahead of FIA homologation in the autumn and its competitive debut in early 2025. The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR-LMH is the first racing car to be built to Hypercar regulations to contest both the FIA World Endurance Championship [WEC] and the US-based IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship [IMSA] simultaneously.

The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR-LMH is unique in the top Hypercar class of global endurance motorsport in that it is the only one among its contemporaries to derive its roots from an existing production-based extreme performance car – Aston Martin Valkyrie, the ultimate hypercar. Works team The Heart of Racing will enter two Valkyrie AMR-LMH contenders in WEC and a single car in IMSA in 2025.

Adam Carter, Aston Martin Head of Endurance Motorsport, said: “The Valkyrie AMR-LMH sets its own standard as a thoroughbred endurance competition car. It is a pure, leading edge racing machine, and while it is very early in the testing cycle, from what we have witnessed so far, we are satisfied that it is achieving the targets and criteria we have set out for it to accomplish.”

10 Fastest Cars at This Year's Goodwood Festival of Speed

23 Jul 2024
10 Fastest Cars at This Year's Goodwood Festival of Speed

The last day of the 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed was nothing short of spectacular. Over the five-day event, hundreds of vehicles, ranging from turn-of-the-century machines to modern hypercars, took on the iconic 1.16-mile hill climb. This year, the top 10 fastest cars showcased a thrilling mix of vintage Formula One racers and cutting-edge sports cars. Some were veterans of the hill climb, while others made their debut in style. Let's dive into the details of the 10 fastest cars at this year's event.

Nissan Formula E Team ready to take on Season 10 finale in London

19 Jul 2024
Nissan Formula E Team ready to take on Season 10 finale in London

Nissan Formula E Team is set to face the ExCel London Circuit in Rounds 15 and 16 of the 2023/24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the final two races of the campaign. The squad currently sits fifth in the Teams’ Championship, and is still in the battle for third as Season 10 reaches its close.