Officine Alfieri Maserati was founded on December 1, 1914 in Bologna, Italy. Since then, Maserati has played a consistently important role in the history of sports car culture and its development. They have had many important milestones in the story of the Maserati marque, including the 246.029 km/h world speed record set by Borzacchini in 1929, the 1957 F1 World Championship title won by Fangio at the wheel of the 250F, and the more recent launch of the new 405 bhp GranTurismo in Geneva in March 2007.
Throughout its history the Italian auto manufacturer Maserati has participated in various forms of motorsport including Formula One, sports car racing and touring car racing. Maserati race cars were campaigned by the official factory teams - often with the Maserati founding brothers themselves behind the wheel in the early days - and also by clients or privateers. Maserati continues to excel in the world of competition and recently claimed all four titles on offer in the GT1 Class of the 2007 FIA GT International championship, adding to the Manufacturers' Cup won in 2005 and continuing the winning trend following the Team and Drivers’ titles from 2006.
Maserati is a marque that began life in a local context but then went on to become a major international player, with representation in 43 countries. On the global market, Maserati continues to attain commercial success and critical acclaim. The Quattroporte, following the launch of the latest version powered by a 4.7 litre engine and featuring an automatic transmission, has collected over 56 awards from the international press. The GranTurismo range has recently been broadened with the introduction of the MC Stradale and is a model that is recognised as being one of the best looking cars of its generation. It is a car that has rewritten the rules in the sports sector of the market with its speed and luxury; it can also carry four adults in total comfort. To round things off is the GranCabrio, the first droptop in Maserati’s history. The GranCabrio has been hailed by the international media as one of the world’s most stunning cars and has recorded sales figures that have equalled, and even exceeded, forecasts in each of the 60 markets in which it is available.