Maserati Will Join Formula E in 2023
Maserati Will Join Formula E in 2023, marking the company’s return to motorsport. The Italian automaker will be the first to compete in the all-electric racing championship.
Maserati will join Formula E starting with Season 9, ushering in the new Gen 3 regulations. The championship gave an early preview of its next-generation racer earlier this year, claiming it is the fastest, lightest, most powerful, and efficient race car yet.
Maserati is expected to collaborate with another team for this effort, similar to Stellantis stablemate DS’ collaboration with Techeetah. Maserati highlights its new electric vehicle range – Folgore – which is a new sub-brand comprised of the EV versions of Maserati’s entire model line-up, including the upcoming Grecale, new GranTurismo, GranCabrio, and MC20, in explaining why it has chosen Formula E for its motorsport return.
“The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship provides Maserati with a perfect platform to showcase the unprecedented brand racing heritage, and Folgore, in an environment where high performance and innovation powerfully coexist,” according to a press release.
“We are very proud to be back where we belong as racing protagonists,” said Maserati CEO Davide Grasso. “In the race for more performance, luxury, and innovation, the Folgore is irresistible, and it is Maserati’s purest expression.” That’s why we decided to return to racing in the FIA Formula E World Championship, meeting our customers in the world’s cities and propelling the Trident into the future.”
Maserati made its racing debut in 1926, with the Maserati Tipo 26 becoming the first race car to bear the Trident logo at the Targa Floro. Although the brand had success in Formula 1, 1957 (when Juan Manuel Fangio won his fifth and final F1 title with a 250F) was the carmaker’s final year as a manufacturer in single-seater racing until now.
The brand’s most recent motorsport appearance was in the FIA GT championship, where it won 14 titles (constructors, drivers, and team) with the MC12 built for GT1 regulations from 2004 to 2010.