Maserati will return to motorsport next year after confirming its plans to enter the Formula E world championship. The Italian performance and luxury car brand will join the series when it introduces a new third-generation chassis and drivetrain for its ninth season in 2023. The ‘Gen3’ car will feature a 350Kw motor capable of pushing a lighter weight, under 800-kilogram chassis for speeds of over 320kph (200mph).
Formula E will be Maserati’s first official entry into international motorsport since their MC12 project in the early 2000s which saw the marque compete in GT1 class racing, picking up multiple wins at the Spa 24 Hours. Maserati is part of the Stellantis automotive group along with DS Automobiles – which already competes in Formula E – Fiat, Citroen, Peugeot, and others. The Italian brand introduced a range of fully electric vehicles under the ‘Folgore’ badge (Italian for ‘Lightning’).
CEO Davide Grasso said: “The company is ‘very proud to be back where we are as protagonists in the world of racing’. “In the race for more performance, luxury, and innovation, the Folgore is irresistible and it is the purest expression of Maserati.
“That’s why we decided to return to racing in the FIA Formula E world championship, meeting our customers in the city center of the world, taking Trident forward into the future.” Maserati has yet to confirm whether it will compete as a new factory entrant or partner with an existing entry such as Andretti, who ran BMW’s Formula E until last year, or Venturi.
Formula E has been hit by a series of withdrawals in recent years. Audi and BMW did not return for the championship this year and Mercedes will leave at the end of next season. New FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem welcomed the latest addition to the all-electric category.
“For an iconic manufacturer with such a proud and successful heritage in motorsports to pledge its commitment to the series is an incredible testament to the confidence in the future of the ABB FIA Formula E world championship as we prepare to usher in the next era,” he added.
“The new single-seater Gen3 will represent the pinnacle of sustainability, technology, and performance.” The new Formula E season will kick off in Saudi Arabia at the end of this month.