We’re used to seeing Maserati MC12s or race-ready GranTurismos in the winner’s circle. But the Quattroporte sedan? Not so much – until recently.
Maserati’s four-door, luxo-barge is used to taking on other vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Porsche Panamera for a battle of the finest wood or leather trim. But that all changed a few weeks ago when a Quattroporte-based race car won the Superstars Series on the Vallelunga track, located just north of Rome, Italy. It marks the first racing title win for the automaker’s sedan. The Maserati Quattroporte EVO was driven by Andrea Bertolini, who beat out a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and a BMW M3 E92 coupe.
"It's totally amazing,” said Bertolini. “I live for racing and my aim is always to win.” Last year, Bertolini won the FIA GT1 championship in a Maserati MC12. His teammate, Alessandro Pier Guidi, who was also piloting a Quattroporte EVO, took third place in the final race of the series, but failed to land a podium spot overall.
The Superstars series is organized by Roma Formula Futuro and includes ten marques: Audi, BWW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Jaguar, Lexus, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche. All race cars must be powered by a naturally-aspirated V-8 and there are no restrictions on car weight or size.