Maserati pays homage to Sir Stirling Moss with MC20 prototype

By CARSIFU | 14 May 2020

MODENA: Maserati is paying homage to Sir Stirling Moss with the prototype of its new MC20 super sportscar.

The British racecar driver - Moss, passed away on April 12 at the age of 90 and the Italian sports car builder deemed it fitting to honour him with the MC20 prototype.

The prototype in question takes its design cues from the iconic single-seater Eldorado racecar that debuted in Monza in 1958 with Moss at the helm during the Trofeo dei due Mondi (Trophy of the Two Worlds).

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On May 13, 1956, Moss took victory at the Monaco F1 Grand Prix at the wheel of the 250F racecar and lead the way from pole position to victory after 100 laps, while French driver Jean Behra took second, also in a 250F.

During Moss' Formula 1 career, he recorded 16 victories in 66 starts and was one of the most successful drivers never to have won the world championship - earning himself the title "king without a crown", with four occasions of finishing in second place and third in three championships.

In the 1956 season and some 1957 races, Moss drove a Maserati 250F (“his favourite”, as he often recalled), beaten only by Juan Manuel Fangio. Moreover, Moss' Argentinian rival took his 1957 title at the wheel of another 250F.

Through this MC20 prototype with Stirling Moss's "signature", Maserati intends to commemorate one of the greatest names in the annals of world motorsports, who wrote some of the finest pages in its own racing history.

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The list of Maserati cars driven by the British driver also includes the Tipo 60 Birdcage, Tipo 61 and 300 S.

Through the MC20, the company 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 for the Modena-based company represents a departure from utilising Ferrari-built engines and has instead adopted one that's been "100% designed, developed and produced by Maserati itself".

The company said that it hopes that Moss would have liked the new MC20 - a car that fully embodies the carmaker's truest values in terms of the performance, driving pleasure and innovative contents superlatively expressed in all Trident Brand models.

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