Maserati FTributio Special Edition Pays Tribute to the First Woman to Qualify in F1 – TopSpeed

This special edition comes in two colors inspired the the automaker’s racing heritage
Many believed Maserati's attention was focused on the launch of its new generation GranTurismo, but it turns out this is not exactly true. Alongside the new sports car, the Italian company also prepared special editions based on the Ghibli and the Levante. The automaker just wanted to wait until October to release details, and for good reason. The new FTributo Special Edition pays tribute to Maria Teresa De Filippis, the first woman to qualify for a Formula 1 Grand Prix (Monaco, 1958) who did so after competing in the 39th Targa Florio in October 1955.
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The new FTributo Special Edition will be offered for the Ghibli and Levante, with both models receiving the same treatment. The most important addition of the new edition is the two new, exclusive colors – Arancio Devil and Grigio Lamiera. The first color, Arancio Devil (The Orange Devil), is a special-saturated orange inspired by Maria Teresa's nickname, "the she-devil". The second color, "Grigio Lamiera," is a unique gray inspired by the color of the racetrack that Maserati calls it its home. The special editions will also be offered with either 21-inch Anteo wheels or 21-inch Titano for the Ghibli. Both wheel sets will be offered in the new Grigio Opaco color. As a contrast finish, Maserati is using cobalt blue for the wheel rim, the specific badge on the fender, and the Trident logo on the C-pillar. The cabin is trimmed in a combination of black or orange and natural PienoFiore (Full-Grain) leather with contrasting cobalt blue and orange stitching.
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Maserati did not reveal how many units of the FTributo Special Edition will be built, but it announced the special models will be a limited edition. Prices will also be revealed closer to market launch.
Born in 1926, Maria Teresa De Filippis was an Italian racing driver, and the first woman to race in Formula One. Maria Tereso won her first race when she was 22 years behind the wheel of a Fiat 500. This success gave her confidence, and she entered more and more races. In October 1955, she drove a Maserati A6GCS and finished ninth in the 39th Targa Florio. The following year, she signed up for the Naples Grand Prix behind the wheel of a Maserati 200S and finished second. In 1958, she was given the opportunity to enter the Monaco Grand Prix behind the wheel of a Maserati 250Fs. Unfortunately, her time was 5.8 seconds behind the qualifying time. Her only race finish, although not very successful, was during the 1958 Belgian Grand Prix. In the same year, she wasn't allowed to compete at the French Grand Prix at Reims-Gueux, because, as she claimed in a previous interview, the race director told her "the only helmet a woman should wear is the one of a hairdresser."
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