Seventy years have passed since the Italian Grand Prix of 13 September 1953, an event that is etched in the memory of classic car lovers and motor racing fans alike. It was on this historic day that Juan Manuel Fangio celebrated his first and only victory of the season in the final race at Monza, at the wheel of his iconic Maserati A6GCM.
This legendary Argentinean, considered one of the greatest drivers of all time alongside the likes of Senna and Schumacher, led the Trident to the top of the premier class of motor racing in 1954 and 1957, the year El Chueco won his fifth and final world championship.
Seventy years ago, at the Brianza circuit, the curves of the temple of speed shone once again for Fangio, marking the end of a discreet season for the Argentinean world champion. However, this victory was the impetus he needed to win his second world title the following year.
This anniversary is a reminder of the rich history of Maserati, a manufacturer that has returned to prominence on the international motorsport scene this year. Its return to the track and the announcement of a carefully crafted racing strategy have been central to its resurgence.
After a successful debut in Formula E, where Maserati scored three podiums and a victory in the 100 per cent electric series, the Modena-based brand announced its return to GT racing. In July, at the 24 Hours of Spa, it unveiled its latest disruptive 621 horsepower creation, designed for private teams and amateur drivers. This impressive machine will join the Fanatec GT2 European Series from the 2024 season.
In addition, over the summer, Maserati surprised everyone by introducing the MCXtrema, an exclusive car destined for a select group of enthusiasts, limited to just 62 lucky ones. The MCXtrema is designed to offer uncompromising performance and exceptional design, with the sole purpose of delivering unique thrills on exclusive race tracks.
Maserati’s racing history dates back to its beginnings in 1926, when Alfieri Maserati took first place in class in the Targa Florio at the wheel of his Tipo 26. Since then, excellence in motor racing has been part of Maserati’s DNA. Today, history is repeating itself, as the Italian marque aims to write important new chapters in motorsport’s most prestigious categories, proving that it can deliver distinctive performance in both its road cars and those designed for the track.