Tuesday (11) dawned with good news for Formula E. Maserati, the famous Italian car manufacturer, announced its return to single-seater competition after more than 60 years and will enter the electric category from 2023, when Formula E enters the its market. season nine and will start, next year, the third generation of cars.
This brand of trident went down in motorsport history when it led Juan Manuel Fangio for part of the 1954 season and all of 1957 to the world title. formula 1. The brand was present at the World Cup controversy of the past FIA GT and won a total of 14 titles between 2004 and 2010.
The announcement was made jointly by Maserati, led by CEO Davide Grasso, Formula E and the FIA, which is now managed by Mohammed Ben-Sulayem.
“We are very proud to be back where we are as a major player in the world of racing. We are driven by passion and creativity by nature. We have a long history of excellence at the highest level of competition worldwide and we are ready to continue the performance in the future”, announced the Italian CEO .
“In the race for more performance, luxury and innovation, Folgore, our electric range, is the purest expression of Maserati. That’s why we decided to compete again in the FIA Formula One World Championship, meeting our customers in the city centers of the world and occupy three positions in the future”, indicated the commander of the brand, which unites the portfolio of Stellantis, a leader of the industry. It was created from the merger between Fiat Chrysler and the French group PSA, owner of the Peugeot and Citroën brands.
Stellantis also has another team linked to Formula E: two-time champion DS Techeetah, which is facing financial problems and is looking for a new investor to ensure life in the electric car category beyond 2022.
Jean-Marc Finot, vice president of Stellantis Motorsport, believes that Maserati will be the group’s brand to take advantage of the world of Formula E to advance the development of electric technology.
“It is a great pleasure for Stellantis Motorsport to participate in Maserati’s return to motorsport. In addition to this piece of history, Maserati Formula E will be our technology laboratory to accelerate the development of high-performance electric powertrains and smart applications for cars our street sports Formula E is the perfect championship for this purpose and we are proud to be the first Italian brand to join the group.
Formula E, together with the announcement of the arrival of Maserati, in a way responds to the loss of three very powerful brands in the world car market. Audi and BMW left the electric car division last year, while Mercedes will make its final season in the competition in 2022.
Alejandro Agag, founder and president of Formula E, celebrated Maserati’s arrival in the electric class. “We are proud to welcome Maserati to its new home in world motorsport. The Formula E World Championship is the pinnacle of electric racing. It provides the perfect environment for the most powerful and innovative high-performance car brands to showcase their technological prowess alongside their sporting ambitions.