You may have heard of Maserati’s stealthy super car lineup of including models such as the Ghibli, Quattroporte, GranTurismo and GranCabrio, but how did the automaker rise to the top?
Love for engineering has been in the Maserati family since the early 1900s. At the young age of 17, Carlo Maserati designed his first cylinder engine and was hired in the same year as a test pilot by Fiat and served as a test pilot 3 years later for Isotta Fraschini. In 1908, in his Isotta Fraschini number 41, he participates in the Gran Premio delle Voiturette di Dieppe. When Carlo passed away due to a crippling lung disease, his younger brother Alfieri continued his legacy. He went on to work for Isotta Fraschini, founding a service centre for the automaker.
Great War breaks out in Italy, Alfieri begins developing spark plugs for army aircraft engines. After the war, he recruits brothers Ernesto, Ettore and Mario to work on the first ever Maserati. After the complete redesigns of the engine Alfieri wins the Susa-Moncenisio in this car at the extraordinary average speed of 69 km/h. Teamed with Ernesto, they repeat the feat shortly after in the Aosta-Gran San Bernardo.By the time 1926 rolled around, the first car ever to sport the Maserati name, the Tipo 26, comes to fruition. The model was an adaptation from the Diatto GP 8C turbo and was
named after the year of its racing debut. In 1930, Maserati and Ferrari officially go head to head at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza. This car is the evolution of the previous 8C, with redesigned suspension by Ernesto Maserati. The front chassis was made more rigid on the suggestion of the driver. Their collaboration continues until 1934. Tazio doesn’t become part of the official team though: he buys a car, and Ernesto supplies technical assistance, but he continues to race as a private driver.In 1933, Tazio Nuvolari arrives at Maserati. After a business fallout with Enzo Ferrari, the legendary pilot decides
he'd like to in fact race for Maserati. Driving the 8CM, he wins the Belgian GP, the Ciano Cup, the Nice GP and the Tourist Trophy. By 1946, the first Maserati designed for daily use is revealed. Considered the GranTurismo of the time, it was unveiled at the Geneva Car Show and dubbed A6. 1950 marked the birth of what would four years later become Formula 1. 1963 saw the introduction of the Quattroporte and in 1967, the Ghibli was released.
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