MODENA, Italy – A prototype of the Maserati MC20, a new Maserati super-sport car, will pay homage to Sir Stirling Moss, the British motor-racing ace who died on April 12 2020 at the age of 90.
The design comes from the Maserati Eldorado, an iconic single-seater driven on its debut in Monza in 1958, by Moss himself, at the “Trofeo dei due Mondi”.
Maserati says it was ”fitting” that the Trident brand chose the date of May 13 to recall the great British driver since, it added, ”there is no doubt that his victory in the Monaco F1 GP on May 13 1956, at the wheel of the Maserati 250F stands out among the many trophies in the champion’s collection”.
It was an amazing win: Moss led the race from the first to the last of the 100 laps around the demanding Monaco city circuit. Maserati’s day of triumph was, the automaker says, ”completed by taking third place too – also in a 250F – by French driver Jean Behra.
Moss had 16 victories in 66 starts in Formula 1 racing and is one of the most successful drivers to have never won the World title – though he came within wheel distance several times: second four times, third three times.
He became known as motorsport’s “king without a crown”. In the 1956 season and some 1957 races, Moss drove a Maserati 250F (“his favourite”, as he often recalled), beaten only by the Argentine’s Juan Manuel Fangio who took his 1957 title at the wheel of another 250F.
”Through this MC20 prototype with Stirling Moss’s signature,” Maserati said in the media release, ”we wish to commemorate one of the greatest names in world motorsports, one which has been written in some of the finest pages in its own racing history.”
The list of Maserati cars driven by the British driver also includes the Tipo 60 Birdcage, Tipo 61, and 300 S.
”The choice of a prototype of the MC20 to dedicate to Sir Stirling,” the automaker added, ”was no coincidence. Through this model, the Trident brand intends to underline its sporting vocation and, above all, return to a leading role on the racing circuits after the latest World championship won in 2010 with another extraordinary car, the MC12.”
‘MOSS WOULD HAVE LIKED IT’
The MC20 has become an important event for the Modena-based company because it will be the first car to have a new engine 100% designed, developed, and produced by Maserati itself.
”Sir Stirling Moss would certainly have liked the new MC20,” Maserati concluded. ”It’s a car that fully embodies Maserati’s truest values in terms of the performance, driving pleasure, and innovative contents superlatively expressed in all Trident brand models.”