Ninety-five years ago, the first race car to bear the Maserati trident badge made its debut, when a Maserati Tipo26 won the 1926 Targa Florio with Alfieri Maserati at the wheel.
To mark that anniversary, along with Maserati’s post-war achievements in Formula One with Juan Manuel Fangio, the ‘F Tributo Special Edition’ has been released. Available on both the Levante SUV and Ghibli sedan, the F Tributo Special Edition offers what Maserati describes as a “clear homage to the glorious victories of the past”.
The ‘F’ in the name refers to Fangio, who won his fifth and final F1 World Championship with Maserati in 1957 and made a mark on F1 that endures to this day.
On the Levante, the F Tributo Special Edition offers no mechanical or chassis updates, instead presenting specific colours and finishes. Two exterior colour options are offered – Rosso Tributo and Azzurro Tributo (Tribute Red and Tribute Blue).
The red references Italy’s national racing colour, while the blue acknowledges one of the two colours identifying the City of Modena, Maserati’s historic home. Yellow, the other colour of the Modena flag, is used for detailing and also references the red-and-yellow livery of Fangio’s Maserati 250F F1 car.
On the Levante F Tributo, yellow features on the Levante’s 21-inch Anteo wheels and brake calipers, regardless of whether Rosso Tributo or Azzurro Tributo is selected.
Inside, black full-grain ‘Pieno Fiore’ leather trim is standard, available with either red or yellow contrast stitching.
Build numbers for the Levante F Tributo had not been revealed at time of writing, but Australia has been confirmed for the special edition, with deliveries expected from June.