Maserati is the main partner of the Gran Premio Nuvolari 2018

Maserati is the main partner of the Gran Premio Nuvolari 2018

Tazio Nuvolari, 1934 Maserati 6C-34 GP Italia, Monza
photo: Maserati

The Gran Premio Nuvolari is a regularity rally only open to historic cars built between 1919 and 1972. This year it will take place from 13 to 16 September. The route starts and ends in Mantua, the birthplace of Tazio Nuvolari.

Maserati will be paying tribute to the “Flying Mantuan”, one of the greatest drivers of all time. The company will have this opportunity as the Main Partner of the GP Nuvolari. Throughout the event, Maserati will be exhibiting the 6C-34 from the Umberto Panini Collection in Modena. The Levante GranSport MY19 will be in the magnificent setting of Piazza Sordello in Mantua.

Ernesto Maserati designed the Maserati 6C-34 in response to the new international regulations based on the maximum weight limit of 750 kg. The car had a 270 HP straight 6 cylinder engine and a top speed of 250 km/h. It went directly from the factory to its racing debut.

That happened at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza on 9 September 1934 when Tazio Nuvolari drove it to fifth place overall

Also at the wheel of the 6C-34, “Nivola” had a thrilling end to the season. On 30 September he finished third in Brno. In the following weeks, he achieved two particularly impressive victories.  Nuvolari won on the Modena Circuit on 14 October. He was first in the Coppa Principessa di Piemonte as well on the Naples Circuit a week later, on 21 October 1934.

The Maserati Levante features a restyling that has combined important technical updates. That is the brand’s first SUV. The presentation of its MY19 version was at the 25th edition of the Festival of Speed held at Goodwood.

Among the features are the new, improved short-stroke paddle shifters and the adaptive Full LED Matrix headlights. There’s also the GranLusso and GranSport trims. Maserati introduced as well new contents such as “Pieno Fiore” leather, the new external colours, the new wheels and a wider selection of interior trims.

A number of historic Maserati cars will take part in the event

One of them is the A6 1500 Berlinetta designed by Pininfarina and built in 1949. That was the first Maserati road model, a sports car intended for gentlemen drivers. It had a “1500” engine that provided the basis for Maserati racing and road cars of the following years, starting with the A6 GCS. There will be also a Quattroporte from 1968. That car marked a milestone in the history of Maserati, since the first Quattroporte generation, in 1963, created a completely new market segment, that of the luxury sports sedan. Maserati will also be opening the parade of over 300 teams taking part in the GP Nuvolari. The brand will organise the Maserati Tribute, a “race within the race”. The cars in the current range – the Quattroporte flagship, the Ghibli sports sedan and the Levante SUV – will line up on the front row.

Maserati Levante GranSport MY19
photo: Maserati

“We are delighted to be Main Partner of the Gran Premio Nuvolari, which commemorates legendary Mantua-born driver Tazio Nuvolari, who won major victories with Maserati,” commented Umberto Cini, General Manager Maserati EMEA Region. “It gives us great pleasure to drive Trident brand cars over more than 1000 kms of roads unrivalled anywhere in the world, through beautiful Italian landscapes, in a unique blend of history, passion and tradition, all values expressed to the full by Maserati, which is also proud to reaffirm its role as international ambassador for Italian excellence.”

The 2018 edition of GP Nuvolari will be its 28th

It offers a new-look route. The first stage is from Mantua going across the Po Valley and the Apennines to the Adriatic Riviera. The second stage will be from Rimini through the beautiful landscapes of Tuscany, Umbria and Marche regions. Then the car will go back to Rimini. The third stage is from the Adriatic Sea through the towns and cities of Emilia Romagna to the finishing line in Mantua.