2002 Maserati Trofeo 2002 review and pictures

Posted on Monday, 9 October 2006 , 14:10:05 byEmil

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Maserati Trofeo 2002

Maserati presented the world its Trofeo at the Paris Motor Show. The model was the centerpiece of a brand championship of seven races and had run on the most prestigious circuits in Italy, Spain, France, Germany and the UK. There were 26 cars on the starting grid and it was possible to enter two drivers for the mini-endurance events. All Trofeo cars were prepared and run directly by Maserati to be sure of the technical equality and performance. Back in 2002 the model was tested in an intense way before its debut in Paris. The testing started at Fiorano with Luciano Burti and then continued in Imola with Luca Badoer and Fabrizio Giovanardi. On September 8th, even Michael Schumacher had the opportunity to try the car out at the Nurburgring. The model has as base the Coupe Cambiocorsa with a V8 engine. All the modifications brought were made to increase safety and reduce the weight.

The Maserati Trofeo, made its world debut at the Paris Motor Show. In 2003, the Trofeo was the centrepiece of a single-brand championship of seven races, run on the most prestigious circuits in Italy, Great Britain, Germany, France and Spain. Two events, in Italy and Britain, were held in conjunction with the local Formula 1 Grand Prix, and four were mini-endurance events, combined with the FIA GT Championship. The last race was held with the traditional "Finali Ferrari" racing days.

There were 26 cars on the starting grid, and it was possible to enter two drivers for mini-endurance events. The Trofeo race cars were all prepared and run directly by Maserati, to guarantee technical equality and similar performance.

Before being presented in Paris, the car was put through an intense test programme, beginning in June 2002. It made its debut at Fiorano with Luciano Burti, and the tests continued in Imola with Luca Badoer and Fabrizio Giovanardi. Luca Badoer took the wheel of the Trofeo again in Fiorano and Mugello, then Fabio Babini tested the car at Vallelunga. Even Michael Schumacher had a chance to try the car out on September 8 at the Nürburgring and he announced that he was satisfied with the level of competitiveness achieved.

The Maserati Trofeo is based on the V8-powered Coupe Cambiocorsa. The changes made were primarily to reduce weight and increase safety.