Maserati has unveiled a super sportscar in honour of racing legend, Sir Stirling Moss. A prototype of the Maserati MC20 will pay homage to the British motor racing ace who passed away on 12 April 2020 at the age of 90.
The design used for this prototype is derived from the Maserati Eldorado, an iconic single-seater race car driven on its debut in Monza in 1958 by Stirling Moss himself, at the Trofeo dei due Mondi (literally meaning Trophy of Two Worlds), a 500-mile race at the Monza track.
For those have not kept up with motor racing, Sir Stirling Moss is widely known as “the greatest Formula One driver never to win the World Championship”. he did finish as runner-up four times, and second runner-up three times. He had won the 1956 Monaco and Italian Grands Prix driving the Maserati 250F.
In his racing career, Sir Stirling had won 212 of 529 races, in all classes (rally, single-seat, endurance, etc). Some of his notable winning accomplishments include beating another racing legend, Juan Manuel Fangio, to the chequered flag by three minutes at Pescara in 1957, as well as winning the Mille Miglia endurance race in 1955 by a margin of over half an hour; it was also Fangio in second place.
Through this MC20 prototype with Stirling Moss’ “signature”, Maserati wishes to commemorate one of the greatest names in the world of motorsports, who wrote 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 is no coincidence. Through this model, the Trident Brand aims 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.
The arrival of the MC20 is an important event for the Modena-based company, not only because of the racing comeback, but also because it will be the first car to adopt a new engine 100% designed, developed and produced by Maserati itself.