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Maserati will be back to racing in 2023

The Formula E grid will see the return of the trident badge

Maserati's return to motorsports will no longer involve fossil fuels. PHOTO FROM MASERATI

While Maserati is known as a luxury performance brand, it also has a rich motorsports heritage. In 1926, the company made its racing debut at the Targa Florio. Some 31 years after that, Juan Manuel Fangio won the championship in the legendary 250F. More recently, the MC12 had 22 victories under its belt in the FIA GT series.

Now, the Italian automaker is going back to its roots as it has just announced its intent to compete in the 2023 season of Formula E. While relatively new to electrification, the brand has its sights on a 100% battery-powered lineup which includes the MC20 and the Grecale, and all-new versions of the GranTurismo and the GranCabrio.

Juan Manuel Fangio won the 1957 Formula 1 championship in a Maserati 250F. PHOTOS FROM MASERATI

Maserati’s Formula E fighter will be built to Gen3 standards. Aside from being lighter and faster than Gen2 machines, it will have a front powertrain that boosts the car’s regenerative capacity to 600kW.

Now, we still have over a year to see if Maserati will be successful in its Formula E campaign. But it’s nice to know that carmakers are turning to electrification even in motorsports, and this could help greatly in the collective effort to make future vehicles more sustainable.

Red Santiago

A jack of all trades, Red is passionate about cars, motorcycles and audio. He sometimes drives for a ride-hailing app company—just because he really loves driving.