Motoring / Cars and Bikes

Zagato unveils monstrous Maserati

Designed to celebrate Maserati’s 100th anniversary, the Mostro draws inspiration from the 1957 Maserati 450 S Coupe Zagato “Monster.”

May 23, 2015 | By Anakin

Maserati Mostro

Legendary coachbuilder  will pay tribute to long-time collaborator Maserati with a special new concept this weekend.

Set to debut at the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy, the new Mostro concept will honour the specialised 1957 Maserati 450S Costin Zagao Coupe raced by Sir Stirling Moss at Le Mans.

The new Mostro, whose name is actually the Italian word for “Monster”, will be built in a limited run of five cars, all of which have already been sold.

Maserati Mostro interior

The Mostro is built almost entirely from carbon fiber — it permeates every body panel, although the MonCell is a mix of carbon fiber and steel tubing — and power comes from a Ferrari-Maserati-developed 4.2-liter V8 engine.

Like its automotive inspiration, this car is built for the track. It has double wishbone suspension and pushrod actuated shock absorbers to minimize unsprung weight, while its six-speed semi-automatic transmission is rear mounted for better weight distribution.

Maserati Mostro

And while its makers promise that like the original, it will dominate a racing circuit, it will be totally road legal too and it’s understood that the huge, fixed rear wing is removable for a better cruising aesthetic.

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