"Ferrari and Maserati were both born out of motor racing and
it is entirely natural for us to return to the race track
with these stunning cars in 2005,” says Massimo Fedeli,
Managing Director of Ferrari Maserati UK Ltd.
“Maserati is a brand with a fantastic racing pedigree and we
will now be highly visible with our own British car in the
Trofeo Vodafone Maserati Europe series”.
Ferrari Maserati UK Ltd. was delighted to announce that they
would be the first UK team to compete in the Trofeo Vodafone
Maserati Europa for 2005. Now entering its third season, the
competition, for identical specification cars, has proved
hugely popular, and this year steps up to use the GranSport
as a series' basis, replacing the Coupe which was used for
the first two years.
British-born Maurizio Fabris will be driving a Union
Jack-covered car in this highly competitive race series in
the coming months. Having driven in the Trofeo Vodafone
Maserati series in 2004 in an Italian car scoring a 2nd
place at Silverstone and Magny Cours, Maurizio Fabris says
he is now determined to get on the podium in the all-English
“The Maserati Trofeo GranSport combines performance and
drivability and really stirs the emotions as the V8 engine
howls around the track," Fabris commented during an
interview in Birmingham.
"I want to see
the British car taking the chequered flag in the races
across Europe in 2005, and anyone who sees the car on the
move at Autosport will understand how the noise and style of
the car really motivate me to succeed".
Seen for the first time at Autosport International Show in
Autocar magazine’s Supercar Paddock, the latest
addition to the Maserati range, the GranSport is a more
aggressive alternative to the regular Coupé, which
celebrates the sporting soul at the heart of the car by
offering more power and even sharper handling in a model,
focused on delivering high performance.
The GranSport looks especially purposeful with its deep
front spoiler, airflow-controlling side sills, discreet
bootlid spoiler lip, chrome grille, lowered ride height and
larger, 19” Trofeo racing-style alloy wheels.