Maserati has marked the recent passing of Sir Stirling Moss with a commemorative, one-off paint scheme for its MC20 sports car development prototype.
The distinctive camouflage wrap is inspired by the paintwork of the brand’s historic Eldorado single-seater, which made its debut with Moss at the wheel at Monza in 1958. The livery has been unveiled on 13 May because it was on this day in 1956 that Moss won the Monaco GP in a Maserati 250F – a car he described as “his favourite”.
Maserati says it has chosen the MC20 prototype to wear the Moss-inspired livery as the model marks the brand’s intention to return to the world of motorsport, following the international successes of the MC12 hypercar.
The firm said it will be a “natural evolution” of the limited-run MC12 – the last model to wear the Maserati Corse badge – and has confirmed that it will “return to the world of racing”, with the MC20.
In November last year, Maserati started testing the car’s powertrain on public roads in a development mule based on the Alfa Romeo 4C, but the car in the latest images appears to be wearing production-ready bodywork. The Alfa-based machine was being used to house a “new powertrain entirely developed and built by Maserati”, which is the first in a new family of engines it is developing.
The firm has yet to confirm any technical details of the car it will unveil later this year, although it had been widely expected to be a production version of the 2014 Alfieri concept, which it committed to putting into production in 2018. The Alfieri concept was a front-engined 2+2 coupé, whereas the test mule appears to be a mid-engined two-seater.
There are no details on that powertrain, although when Maserati released details of its updated business plan recently, it said it was upgrading the Modena production line to accommodate the car’s “electric powertrain”. It is likely to be some form of hybrid unit, but we’re expecting to see a fully electric version as well.
The new machine will be the first all-new Maserati released since 2015.