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Forbes Best GT – Maserati Spyder

Launched at the 2001 Frankfurt Show the Maserati Spyder marked the return of the Maserati brand to the North American market where Forbes Magazine crowned the Spyder with it’s Best GT of 2001 accolade.

Maserati Spyder, Bristol Italian Auto Moto Festival,

The Spyder shares a shortened version of the Tipo M138 platform and running gear of it’s contemporaneous Coupé sibiling.

Maserati Spyder, Bristol Italian Auto Moto Festival,

The push button operated soft top will stow or deploy in 30 seconds, despite it’s shorter length chassis strengthening raises the overall weight of the Spyder by 140 Coupé.

Maserati Spyder, Bristol Italian Auto Moto Festival,

Despite the weight difference the performance of the Coupé and Spyder are virtually identical some testers finding the Coupé faster while other found the Spyder, such as the 2002 example seen here at the Bristol Italian Auto Moto Festival, to be quicker.

Both variants were replaced by the Maserati Gran Turismo in 2007.

Thanks for joining me on this “Forbes Best GT” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow when I’ll be looking at “biggest automotive waste of time, money and engineering expertise ever built”. Don’t forget to come back now !


One Hundred And Sixty Three Feet – Maserati Coupé

Today’s featured 2002 Tipo M138 Maserati Coupé is a descedant of the original Ghibli, Khamsin, Shamal, 3200 GT line of 2+ tourers.

Maserati Coupé, Bristol Italian Auto Moto Fest, Bristol

As with the Tipo AM115 Ghibli Giorgetto Giugiaro was responsible for styling the Maserati Coupé although he was no longer working for Ghia, a company which had long since been acquired by Ford, but instead ItalDesign.

Maserati Coupé, Bristol Italian Auto Moto Fest, Bristol

The Coupé is powered by a 385hp 4244 cc / 259 cui Ferrari / Maserati F136 R V8 that in this particular vehicle powers the rear wheels through a paddle shift ‘Cambiocorsa’ electrohydraulic manual transmission, instead of the regular 6 speed gear box.

Maserati Coupé, Bristol Italian Auto Moto Fest, Bristol

Reaching 110 mph in a 13.2 second sprint from rest over a 1/4 mile the Coupé, unofficially also known as the 4200 GT, is capable of coming to a complete stop from 70 mph in just 163 feet.

Maserati Coupé, Bristol Italian Auto Moto Fest, Bristol

The owner of this Coupé had a DMS ECU fitted which along with modified rear silencers / mufflers and a BMC Air Filter facilitate 380hp being delivered to the rear wheels.

Thanks for joining me on this “One Hundred And Sixty Three Feet” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow when I shall be looking a Zepplin powered Maybach Special. Don’t forget to come back now !


Fifth Gen Facelift – Maserati Quattroporte V

The fifth generation Maserati Quattroporte, M139, was launched in 2003 and went into production in 2004.

Maserati Quattroporte, BIAMF, Bristol,

The Pininfarina face lifted M139 model appeared in January 2008 with redesigned bumpers, sills, side mirrors, a convex front grille with vertical bars, new headlights and tail lights with directional bi-xenon main beams and LED indicator lights.

Maserati Quattroporte, BIAMF, Bristol,

The weight of the steel body is kept low by use of an aluminium boot lid / trunk lid and bonnet / hood, the aerodynamic co efficient of the body is Cd 0.35.

Maserati Quattroporte, BIAMF, Bristol,

Three V8 motor options were available for the 2008 to 2012 Quattroportes with power outputs from 400 to 440 hp.

Maserati Quattroporte, BIAMF, Bristol,

60 mph could be reached in under six seconds from rest by all three variants likewise the top speed was at least 168 mph for all three.

Maserati Quattroporte, BIAMF, Bristol,

As we saw last week Swiss Team built an EVO competition version which Andrea Bertolini drove to a championship victory in the 2011 International Superstars Series.

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2011 GALPOT Review #5 – Ferrari

The last of my 2011 reviews covers a few more personal firsts and highlights from my Ferrari Friday blogs that I started thanks to a suggestion from Mike also known as Junior Cracker.

Ferrari 375 Pininfarina America

With special thanks to the much missed Ed Arnaudin and his son Steve who scanned all of his Dad’s racing slides for me. Eds photo’s have provided a fascinating glimpse of a by gone era of the sport and many interesting stories not least the one behind the Ferrari 375 Pininfarina America seen at Bridgehampton in 1957.

Ferrari 550 Maranello, Prodrive Museum

During my visit to the Prodrive factory we were invited to sit in some of the exhibits in the museum and so it was that I came to sit in a Ferrari for the first time, this was not just any old Ferrari either but a 550 Maranello chassis #ZFFZR49B000108462 which was driven to a GTS class winning 10th place over all finish at Le Mans by Tomáš Enge / Jamie Davies / Peter Kox the experience was a mixture of agony and extacy the seat was made for a 12 year old but the feeling of purposefulness was overwhelming. My thanks to everybody at Prodrive who made my visit such a memorable one.

Ferrari GTO, Bristol IAMF

The Bristol Italian Auto Moto Festival, which is held every April, brought an overwhelming number of Ferrari’s to town to mark
Ferrari’s sixtieth anniversary, the Ferrari that stood out above all the others, being the first time I had seen an example of this type, was one of the 272 twin turbo Ferrari (288) GTO’s.

Ferrari 312 B3, Goodwood FoS

Goodwood Festival of Speed has a habit of bringing out top quality Ferrari’s every year, this year two really grabbed me. Above the Ferrari 312 B3 possibly the very first Ferrari I ever saw on the race track driven by Niki Lauda at Brands Hatch in 1974.

Ferrari 312 P, Goodwood FoS

The second Ferrari that really grabbed me at the Festival of Speed was this 1973 312 P which I have never seen in action but remember reading about back in my school days.

Ferrari 246, Goodwood Revival

In September at the Goodwood Revival I came across the last front engined car ever to win a Grand Prix. The Ferrari 246 #0007 was driven to victory in the 1960 Italian Grand Prix by Phil Hill. That same #12 car is seen here with Tony Smith at the wheel.

Ferrari 512, HR Owen

Finally I have seen several Ferrari 512 M’s this year but while on a recent visit to London I stumbled across this older 1970 Ferrari 512 S with a shorter tail in the ‘Atelier’ of HR Owen at The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge. This car is chassis #0126 which after coming third in the 1970 Daytona 24 hours with Andretti/Merzario and Ickx sharing the driving famously beat Peter Revson and Steve McQueen in the Sebring 12 hours when Andretti joined Nino Vaccarella and Ignazio Giunti in chasing down the Solar Porsche 908. #1026 was driven to 4th place finishes at Monza and Spa. After retiring from ‘Le Mans’ in 1970 it was used in the Steve McQueen film of the same name. During filming Derek Bell was sitting in the car prior to a take when it appears to have burst into flames, Derek escaped with minor burns but the car was destroyed. In 1978 Nick Mason (remember him ?), acquired the wreckage and had it ‘recreated’ with the open top spyder bodywork with which the car can be seen here.

I’d like to thank greyboxer, for picking up some spelling mistakes, jtremlett, and DAYTONASME at Ferrari Chat for confirming the identity of #1026.

There are many events and vehicles I have overlooked this past week, but I’d like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed photographs, stories and helped the identities of so many storied vehicles which have made GALPOT the success that it has become.

Special thanks particularly to everyone at Ferrari Chat who helped me identify and uncover the stories behind the vehicles featured on GALPOT Ferrari Friday blogs.

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