Because the Maserati Trofeo motor-racing collection involves Manufacturers Hatch this weekend, we check out this distinctive idea in fly-drive motor-racing
The Maserati Trofeo single-marque race collection is again, with a more moderen, quicker automotive and an entire new method to go racing. When the Trofeo collection launched in 2003 it grew to become the primary “fly-drive” racing expertise. The concept is that non-professionals can take part in a prestigious worldwide race collection, however with out the need of proudly owning the automotive or coping with the mechanical and logistical help. Maserati provide the automotive, a 450hp Trofeo GranTurismo MC, cope with the technical help, transport the automotive to the race tracks, provide the mechanics and be certain that all the motive force has to do is flip up and race.
Again for 2010, the idea has been refined to incorporate a extra complete race weekend, not only for the drivers but in addition for his or her pals, household and visitors. At every spherical there would be the Maserati Lounge, an oasis of peace and tranquillity amongst the noise and smells of the race paddock, the place drivers, pals and sponsors can take in the expertise.
The race automotive, a Maserati Trofeo GranTurismo MC, relies on the GranTurismo S highway automotive, however with a couple of important modifications to adapt it for monitor use. Energy output from the 4.7-litre V8 is as much as 450hp due to some remapping of the ECU, a racing air filter and a race exhaust — greater than sufficient energy to ensure some shut and thrilling racing.
The modifications utilized to the usual highway automotive by the designers on the Maserati Design Centre embody improved aerodynamics (whereas sustaining the traditional Pininfarina styling). There was some dramatic weight saving by stripping out the usually luxurious inside and changing sure gadgets with carbon-fibre variations. Reliability, synonymous with Maserati possession, must be maintained because the automotive retains the unique design for the engine, gearbox and transmission.
This distinctive idea in motor-racing is attracting numerous consideration, and quite a lot of gentleman racers and pop stars have taken the chance to get behind the wheel of this attractive Italian thoroughbred and expertise the joys and pleasure of high-octane motor racing, however with out the issues concerned in working your individual race crew.
The Maserati Trofeo collection runs alongside the World Touring Automotive Championships, probably the most standard race collection on the worldwide race calendar. The primary two rounds had been at Monza and Zolder, and now the championship strikes to Manufacturers Hatch within the UK this weekend. Subsequent on the calendar is Brno within the Czech Republic on July 31/Aug 1, Oschersleben in Germany on September 4/5, Valencia in Spain on September 18/19, and Mugello in Italy on October 9/10.
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