Maserati MC20 ‘Stirling Moss’ Prototype

A prototype of the new Maserati MC20 sportscar pays homage to Sir Stirling Moss, the British motor-racing ace who died on 12 April at the age of 90. The MC20 takes its design cues from the 1958 Maserati Eldorado, driven by Moss.

It is fitting that the Italian manufacturer chose the date of 13 May to recall the great British driver. His victory in the Monaco F1 Grand Prix on 13 May 1956, at the wheel of the Maserati 250F, stands out among his many wins. Moss remained in first place for the entire 100 laps of the race. Maserati’s success at Monaco also saw the French driver, Jean Behra take third place in a 250F.

In 1956 and ’57, Moss drove a Maserati 250F, beaten only by Juan Manuel Fangio. Moss’ Argentinian rival took his 1957 title at the wheel of another 250F.

The “Moss” MC20 prototype is a commeration of one of the greatest names in the annals of world motorsport. The list of Maserati cars driven by the British driver also includes the Tipo 60 Birdcage, Tipo 61 and 300 S.

Maserati has developed the MC20 in-house; it will be the first car to adopt its all-new engine. The storied marque will no doubt return to competition with a racing version of the car soon.

By Jean-Paul Hackett