Eighty years after the historic success of Luigi Villoresi’s Maserati 4CL at the Targa Florio, the fourth consecutive for the Trident in the Sicilian race, the Modena house has brought a prototype of its new Hypercar, the MC20, on the road to the stands of Floriopoli. After the first teaser in the center of Milan and images released to show the public livery dedicated to Stirling Moss, the Maserati wanted to continue celebrating its history in the development stages of the new super sports car.
Development continues. After testing the simulator, in fact, the Maserati MC20 prototypes were tested on the track and on the road in view of the official presentation, scheduled for September. Just in Sicily, the testers put the new hypercar to the test in different conditions of use, following some of the historic roads of the Targa Florio to collect data and information useful for the final development of the model. The two-seater will be the heir of the MC12, which will retain the central engine architecture, evolving its aesthetics and mechanics. The MC20 will not only bring to the debut a new family of engines, probably electrified, which will soon be used by other models of the Trident, but will play an extremely important role in the transition to the electric one: in addition to the petrol variant, the Modena hypercar will also be offered in a 100% electric version. Not only. The MC20 will also have the task of bringing the Casa del Trident back on track with an official program, which wishes to return to the protagonist in competitions after the last world championship conquered by the MC12 in 2010.
The domain of 4CL. Born from an idea of the youngest of the Maserati brothers, Ernesto, the 4CL was designed to take part in the “Voiturette” category and was driven by the first four-cylinder engine in the history of the Trident, a 1,491 cm3 supercharged by a volumetric compressor capable of to deliver about forty more horses than the six cylinder mounted on the 6CM, of which the 4CL took up the chassis with side members. The superiority of this model has been clear since its debut in 1939 during the Tripoli Grand Prix in which Villoresi conquered pole position, then having to retire due to mechanical problems. The first victory, however, was not long in coming: John Peter Wakefield triumphed at the Naples Grand Prix before winning the French races of Picardie and Albi. The following year Luigi Villoresi dominated the Targa Florio, delivering the fourth consecutive success to the Trident in the Sicilian race that year was being held on a circuit in the Parco della Favorita in Palermo. A particularly important success, also because that was the last European race played before the Second World War. After the conflict, Maserati returned to the track with the 4CL: always with the Villoresi wheel the small four-cylinder won the 1946 Nice Grand Prix, to then be taken to the first step of the podium in many other races by Tazio Nuvolari, Raymond Sommer and Reg Parnell before the arrival, in 1948, of its evolution with tubular frame and double stage compressor, the 4CLT.